Golden State’s blueberry production up, prices in the red
Singing the blues: Through years of hard work, California farmers have dramatically increased their blueberry production, and the state is on track to become the third largest U.S. producer. Success took new, heat-tolerant varieties based on old tropical breeds, understanding the plants' soil and irrigation needs, and creative ways of reducing bird damage — one farm hired a falconer. Their reward for all of this hard work? Low market prices because of oversupply and high labor costs (approximately 70% of the total expense). (Los Angeles Times)
No related posts.