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Commercial Blueberry Inventory and Prospectus, Georgia, 2002 (RR 693)

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Summary

Both rabbiteye and highbush blueberries are produced in Georgia. The plants can produce a commercially viable crop for years. The long-term nature of the investment in the blueberry orchard calls for periodic updates on the situation of the blueberry industry. Information about the location of plants, varieties, plant age, and the use of cultural practices are important in decisions to allocate resources. This report provides insights otherwise unavailable to the industry yet of important practical consequences. An overview of the Georgia blueberry industry helps to shape the production and marketing strategies that extend beyond the state boundaries. The major portion of the annual crop is shipped to markets outside the region. Furthermore, the increasing value of blueberry plants implies that any damage to the commercial blueberry industry has financial implications for growers and shippers. Summaries included in this report help in accurate assessment of potential economic losses from damages to blueberry plants and the feasibility of programs protecting the value represented by orchards.

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