Researchers at the IFAPA Las Torres Center, the National Institute of Agricultural Technology of Tucumán, Argentina, and the Department of Agroforestry Sciences of the University of Seville have detected carbonaceous rot for the first time in blueberry plants in the province of Huelva, specifically in plants from Moguer and Gibraleón.
The markets receive more and more fruit from multiple origins and the Chilean blueberries have more and more competitors. Some years ago, we were the international buyers' only supplier of blueberries between December and March, but nowadays we are not the only ones and we are not necessarily their first option.
Julie and Craig Wood farm blueberries and are no strangers to what below freezing temperatures can do to their fruits. “The cold weather during the winter is not a problem, they go to sleep they need what is called chilling hours after they get their chilling hours and they start to wake up and they start to bloom.
During a cold snap, we add extra layers of clothing to combat the cold but for farmers, the frigid temperatures mean potentially million dollars in crop losses. Such is the case at Winner’s Circle Blueberries in Sampson County. Owner Bill Augustine hasn’t slept in several nights because he and his crew are working in the dark, pumping water onto his 800 acres of prized blueberry bushes.
A regular blueberry season may no longer be a thing in Poland, as the seasons seem to be shifting as a result of climate change. This is a challenge that must be faced, along with increasing costs and a decreasing availability of labor. For the Polish Berry Cooperative, it seemed as if the blueberry season was everything but normal. Dominika Korarzewska claims climate change had an effect: “The season started really early, about three to four weeks earlier than it normal does.
The intensity of this Monday's rains and hailstorms in south central Chile affected many crops. Some producers have registered more damages than others. The question is to what extent this will this affect exports and employment in the region. The president of the Association of Fruit Exporters of Chile (Asoex), Richard Bown, said that the regions of O'Higgins, Maule, Ñuble, Bio Bio, and Araucania were affected by the weather event.
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