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Blueberries galore in Fraser Valley

Last Updated Aug 16, 2019 at 5:17 pm PDT

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Summary

The harvest is expected to beat the 172 million pound crop last seen in 2016 if conditions stay optimal

"Between mother-nature and good farming I guess things are working out," Bates says

FRASER VALLEY (NEWS 1130) – Blueberries will be in high supply this year as B.C. growers expect a record-breaking harvest in the Fraser Valley.

The harvest is expected to beat the 172 million pound crop last seen in 2016, if conditions stay optimal.

Jack Bates of the Blueberry Council says the blueberry harvest isn’t stopping anytime soon.

“The plants are starting to mature and as they get up to and after four or five years, they hit their peak production,” he says. “It’s going right into September. The later varieties are starting to ripen now, so there’s still lots of fruit around and most of that fruit is going into the fresh market.”

Bates thanks good conditions and healthy bees for helping out the crops.

“Between mother-nature and good farming I guess things are working out,” he says.

The B.C. Blueberry council says the province is one of the largest blueberry suppliers in the world, and the fruit makes its way as far as Australia.