Blueberry Freeze Damage Estimates Coming In For Georgia, Florida

Wednesday, February 22nd, 2012

Damage estimates are becoming clearer from the mid-February freeze that damaged Florida and Georgia blueberries.

SunnyRidge FarmCentral and northern Florida blueberry growing regions sustained some damage like this bush but grower-shippers say a mid-February freeze caused more significant damage, exceeding 50%, to Georgia's early blueberry deal. Georgia sustained the most significant damage, said Keith Mixon, president of Dole Berry Co. LLC, Watsonville, Calif., and SunnyRidge Farm, Winter Haven, Fla.

"We expect the early Georgia crop to be down significantly from last year," Mixon said Feb. 21. "Right now, it looks pretty desperate. Damage is above 50% but it's hard to clarify.

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