- Associated Press - Monday, June 15, 2015

AUBURNDALE, Fla. (AP) - Ideal growing conditions this year likely resulted in record production for Florida’s young blueberry industry.

The Ledger reports (https://bit.ly/1f6TW4M) that the crop’s previous record was 21.4 million pounds of blueberries in 2011. The numbers on this season’s report won’t be available until early next year.

The Florida blueberry industry, which began in the early 1990s, was built on hitting that sweet spot in a marketing window generally lasting from the last weeks of March to the first week of April.

During that time, Florida is generally the only source of fresh blueberries in the U.S. market after Chile stops exporting the fruit here and before other states, such as Georgia, begin commercial harvesting.

That means Florida growers get a premium price for their blueberries.

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