Unseasonably cool weather having impact on local wild blueberry crops

Though there are still several weeks before the wild blueberry season begins, producers on the Acadian Peninsula fear Mother Nature could have dire effects on crops.

Northeast New Brunswick Wild Blueberry Association president Phillippe McGraw says local producers could lose up to 80 per cent of this year's crops due to seasonally low temperatures and frost.

McGraw says the last time cold weather was such a threat to crops was back in the 1990's and that there are likely already some local producers whose crops have been affected enough that it wouldn't be worthwhile to harvest.

The cold weather is only adding to challenges the industry is already facing, including what producers are being paid for their harvest.

Last summer producers were paid around $0.20 per pound, down nearly $0.10 from 2016.

Producers require at least $0.40 per pound to reach the profitability threshold.

(with files from the Acadie-Nouvelle)