British Columbia berry farmers concerned about cool spring

According to Meteorologist Michael Kuss, the spring forecast for the end of March and beginning of April should be average or even below average and will stay that way until early May. “We’re expecting to see slightly cooler-than-normal temperatures taking us through even the early parts of May. Tail end of spring, heading into summer we should start to get average temperatures and across the spring period, it looks like precipitation will be at or below average.”

Rhonda Driediger, owner of Driediger Farms in Langley grows strawberries, raspberries, blueberries, blackberries and red currants: “We look at our averages every year and when we anticipate starting, so for us the first one out is strawberries. Are we looking at is it going to be mid-May? Is it going to be end of May? Is it going to be the beginning of June? Right now, it looks like right at the end of May, beginning of June is when we’d start [selling].”

Meantime, the BC Blueberry Council says it’s too early to say how things will go this spring because pollination doesn’t begin until April.


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