Blueberry Crops Expected To Flourish This Year

By: Cynthia Washington Email
By: Cynthia Washington Email

Chill hours is the time the crop has to rest and prepare for its next stage, the budding process.

Extension agents say its necessary for the fruit to reach its full potential.

They say chill hours are a period of time that the temperature is below 45 degrees for more than an hour and this year they have had more 800 chill hours.

One blueberry farmers says because of this, his crop will be the best he has had in 9 years.

He says chill hours affect taste, size, and amount of fruit produced.

He says he has already started to see the crops bloom.

I think you will have a better tasting berry and probably a little earlier berry it will help with the market as far as the value of the crop," said blueberry farmer Harold Raley.

Since fruits may began budding earlier than usual extension agents say the only thing farmers would have to worry about is a late frost coming through an damaging the plant.

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