May 7, 2020USDA Southern Region data shows Georgia led 2019 blueberry production
According to new data released by USDA’s Southern Region, Georgia led the nation in blueberry production in 2019 with 21,700 harvested acres.
The utilized blueberry production was up 76% and the value of production was up 52% from 2018’s hurricane damaged crop. Utilized production in Florida was up 16% while value of production was up 3%.
Georgia saw the utilized peach production go up 44% and value of production was up 58% from 2018’s crop which was heavily impacted by freezing temperatures. South Carolina utilized production was up 8% while value of production was up 20%.
Florida’s utilized production of avocados was up 88% from 2018 and its associated value of production was up 54%. After suffering several years of disease and hurricane damage, yields rebounded in 2019.