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De no creerlo, aca les dejo los pensamientos de los recibidores en USA, me encantaria saber en que esta pensando Sr. Presidente de North Bay cuando espera una temporada espectacular luego de la helada. este reportaje fue escrito el 8 de sept. por la prestigiosa revista agricola en USA the packer.
segun Girardan, presidente de North Bay, esta helada no afectara mucho en los volumenes a exportar desde argentina…

Freeze reduces Argentina¹s blueberry crop

By Abraham Mahshie

(Sept. 8, 3:05 p.m.) Importers of Argentine blueberries hoping to avoid a
repeat of last year¹s foul weather couldn¹t have been happy with reports
that a freeze in the Tucumán region of Argentina may have knocked out 50% or
more of the crop in that area, at least 12% of the overall Argentine
blueberry crop.

The Sept. 5-6 freeze actually may have affected up to 80% of the blueberry
crop in that area.

³In Tucuman, 50% to 60% of the crop has been lost (from early estimates).
Tucumán has about 5 million pounds or about 25% of the market,² said Keith
Mixon, president of Sunnyridge Farm Inc., Winter Haven, Fla. ³So, in the
end, there will still be significant increases in blueberries from
Argentina.²

But Dave Bowe, owner of Dave¹s Specialty Imports Inc., Coral Springs, Fla.,
said, from initial reports he received, the situation could be even more
serious.

³My guess is the production is no more. They¹re done for this year. This is
a guess, but from my point of view, they¹re going to lose 80% of their
production,² Bowe said.

Still, fresh produce industry experts are optimistic about this year¹s deal,
overall.

³In the Concordia area, they had a lot of weather with hail, high winds and
heat that impacted the quality,² said Mark Girardin, president of North Bay
Produce Inc., Traverse City, Mich., of the 2007 Argentine deal out of the
most important growing region. ³As far as this year, it¹s a much better deal
with clean fruit. Size is good, and volume is up over last year
significantly.²

Girardin and other importers said they expect the crop to be 50% to 70%
larger this year as berry bushes reach maturity. U.S. arrivals are expected
to begin as early as mid-September so as not to coincide with the end of the
British Columbia deal.

Berries picked in late August and early September have been loaded on ocean
vessels bound for the United Kingdom and Europe, where phytosanitary
restrictions do not require fumigation or 30-day cold treatment.

Marcelo Estrada, general manager of United Farms LLC, Hallandale Beach,
Fla., echoed the optimism voiced by many importers about this year¹s season.

³It seems that we have a good season coming in,² Estrada said.

He said United Farms had to close a farm in Concordia because of last year¹s
hailstorm, which wiped out about 30% of berries in just three hours.

Importers said some of the berries not ruined by the hailstorm were made
less hardy by rains, resulting in less-than-optimal quality on arrival in
the U.S.

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