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Looking for Answers: Crop Insurance and the Florida Blueberry Market

THIS PAST SEASON raised some questions about blueberry crop insurance. To find answers we need to look at how the crop insurance impacted our local markets. First, let’s take a few steps back. We need to examine the basic policy design and the geographic area the blueberry crop insurance services. is information will help uncover the answers to questions and provide solutions to help Florida blueberry growers better manage growing risks. […]

By | July 12th, 2016|

2016 Challenges Harvesting: Lessons Learned from the Effects of Weather on the Season

THE 2016 HARVEST SEASON was very challenging for most Florida blueberry growers. Production was very low during the typical late March/early April traditional “Florida blueberry harvest window.” By the time significant volumes of Florida fruit were ready for harvest, ample volumes of berries from other southeastern states, California, and Mexico had entered the marketplace and lowered demand for Florida blueberries. Most of the problems faced by Florida growers this season were weather-related. […]

By | July 12th, 2016|

President’s Letter: Remaining Committed and Vigilant as Ever

AS YOU ARE ALL AWARE, our last season was one of the most challenging ones we have ever experienced. Warmer-than-normal conditions during late fall and winter delayed the onset of dormancy and resulted in very low winter chill accumulation. The unusually warm winter, combined with an El Niño climate phase (cloudy and cool conditions during our fruit set and development phase), were major factors delaying harvest of the 2016 Florida blueberry crop. As a result, we were later than we have ever been on our harvest, which meant our fruit hit the market at an unusual time this year. […]

By | July 11th, 2016|

From the desk of President Dudley Calfee…

As you are all aware, our last season was one of the most challenging ones we have ever experienced. Warmer than normal conditions during late fall and winter delayed the onset of dormancy and resulted [...]

By | May 25th, 2016|

USDA Crop Insurance Risk Management Fact Sheet

All of your blueberries in a county are insurable if: The actuarial documents provide premium rates; They are varieties of the Highbush or Rabbiteye typesthat are adapted to the area where planted; They are grown [...]

By | May 11th, 2016|
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