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blueberry picking time

Wednesday, July 04, 2018 15:27 PM
Written by Stan Maddux
Category: Local News

Dean Ott expects to have twice as many blueberries for people to pick as last year on his two farms close to the Indiana-Michigan state line.

Wanda Bonnell believes this could be one of the better years for picking at her blueberry farm outside North Judson.

In Wakarusa, Rick Holderbaum expects another good season similar to the one he had last year.

The picking season just recently got underway at blueberry farms throughout Michiana.

Ott has 52 acres at Stateline Blueberries and nearby Wilk's Blueberry Farm in the area of Indiana 39 and County Road 1000 North east of Michigan City,

He opened for picking June 29 or about 10 days behind his normal schedule.

''This cold, wet spring kind of put us behind. We're picking up steam, though,'' Ott said.

Ott doesn't expect a bumper crop this season but said it's probably above average and way better than last year which he called the worst in the 20-years he's owned the farms.

Pollination was much better this year from ideal weather between periods when it was a bit too cold and rainy, he said.

Ott predicted 160,000 pounds of blueberries will come out of his fields this year or about 20,000 pounds more than a typical season.

The yield from his bushes was 83,000 pounds in 2017.
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