A season of ups and downs

Raissa Tetanish
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Stephen Sears takes a look at the blueberry crop in Tidnish just before beginning the harvest for Hawkes Blueberries. Blueberry season is fully underway and producers are finding it hit or miss with their crops this year. Raissa Tetanish - Amherst Daily News

AMHERST - If you're a blueberry producer, it all depends on where your crop is this season.

With harvesting underway, local producers are finding it hit or miss with their crops.

For Steve Gibson with Hawkes Blueberries, things are shaping up to be a "decent" season.

"They're all coming good, but we need lots and lots of sunshine," he said Thursday afternoon.

"The grounds are starting to dry up. Producers have some good fields and they've got some bad fields."

Although Gibson is having a good blueberry season, the same can't really be said for Dara Bourgeois in Maccan.

"My crop is down and I don't know why," he said, adding he has about 10 acres of the 15 to 20 he usually has.

"When it was time for pollination, we had bad weather - hail and such - so I don't think the pollination was the best. Mother Nature plays crazy things on blueberries."

Geographic location: AMHERST, Maccan

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