N.J. farmers set state record for blueberries

January 25, 2008 11:27:18 AM PST
Blueberry farmers in New Jersey say good weather helped yield their highest-ever crop in 2007. The U.S. Agriculture Department reports Garden State farmers produced 54 million pounds of blueberries at a value of $90.2 million.

State Agriculture Secretary Charles Kuperus says the public is responding to good taste and the fruit's reported health benefits.

Blueberry growers say warm and dry spring weather last year helped pollination. A newer high-yielding variety also is reaching its peak.

Prices farmers received increased to $1.67 per pound, up from $1.61 in 2006.

The Garden State ranks behind Michigan for blueberry production in the U.S.