Climate and Agriculture in the Southeast

Financial impacts of Irma on Florida blueberries still being calculated

Vegetable and Specialty Crop News posted a story this week about continuing efforts to determine the losses from Hurricane Irma to blueberry production.    Hurricane winds ripped many bushes right from the ground, forcing farmers to replant.  New bushes take two years or more to begin production, which costs the farmer in lost income as well as the costs to replant acres of blueberries.  Loss of leaves and increased exposure to sunlight can also affect the productivity of the bushes.  You can read more at  http://vscnews.com/uncertainty-surrounding-hurricane-damage-florida-blueberries/.

Leonard Park, the general manager of Frogmore Fresh Farm, stands next to a row of blueberry plants damaged during Hurricane Irma. Park estimates more than 100,000 plants were damaged. [Photo by Allison Graves]