Lengthy, cold, rainy spring delays berry harvest


Extension agent Ross Penhallegon said the cold, wet spring means that the berries are about two weeks late this year.

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Extension agent Ross Penhallegon said the cold, wet spring means that the berries are about two weeks late this year.

Normally, he said, Oregonians are used to “a nice progression of berries” — starting with strawberries, followed by raspberries and blueberries, with blackberries at the end.

This year, because strawberries, which normally are available in early June, have been delayed, Penhallegon anticipates that strawberries, blueberries and raspberries are going to all come onto the market at close to the same time, once the weather warms up.

This isn’t great news for farmers, because it’s delaying their income but not their costs, Penhallegon said. Also, “You’ve got strawberries competing with blueberries (which are) squishing into raspberries,” instead of appearing in an orderly progression, he said.

Read more in today’s Register-Guard.

 




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