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Florida bracing for a bountiful berry harvest

An early start to Florida’s blueberry season, spurred on by a February cold front, has stretched out the season’s peak. Ordinarily, picking is past its prime in mid-May. This year however, the season will still be active into the early part of June.
This is good news for blueberry lovers, since Georgia’s harvest was severely stunted by the same cold weather experienced by Florida’s own farmers. Once the peach state’s exports dwindle, Florida will continue to ship for several more weeks, albeit in smaller quantities than were initially forecast for the season. Originally expected to harvest over 22 million pounds of berries, post-freeze estimates drop that number to less than 18 million pounds.
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