The second week of June saw the start of blueberry harvesting in the Willamette Valley of southern Oregon. Due to a rather mild winter, those in the know expect strong volumes for the upcoming crop year. Harvest will continue through September.
Washington and Oregon are the top two U.S. blueberry-producing states, edging out both Maine and Michigan in 2016. About 75 percent of Washington’s crop goes to processing and about 55 percent of Oregon’s.
Blueberry stocks in cold storage have been disappearing quickly this year and totaled just 114.7 million pounds in April, down 38 percent from April 2017.
Blueberries in cold storage vs. frozen berry pricing
Source: USDA, McKeany-Flavell
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