Blueberry Season Less than a Week Away in Florida
WALDO- The Blueberry harvesting season is just around the corner in North Central Florda.
Farmers in our area are bracing for another successful season despite the weather.
An increase in the number of overcast days during the winter this year has pushed back the projected start of the blueberry harvest by about 10 days.
Farmers throughout the state are still expecting to rake in more than 25 million pounds worth of blueberries.
Owner of Straughn Farms, Alto Straughn says cloudy weather isn’t going stop a strong harvest this year.
Like a lot of good seasons Straughn credits a team effort in having a successful harvest and variety of blueberries.
Straughn farms currently produces more than 300 varieties of berries.
He says it's a team effort, “You always looking for varieties that are better and we do a lot of work with the university on variety development. We have for 20 years...You must know Paul Lyrene then...well we’re like brothers..”
IFAS Blueberry Researcher Paul Lyrene is responsible for developing many of the varieties that are now thriving in straughn’s fields.
Straughn says his collaboration with the University has allowed him to produce bigger, tastier berries, with a greater yield.
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