Despite significant lack of rain in May

West Michigan expects record blueberry yield this season

West Michigan blueberry fields are inching closer and closer to peak blueberry season. Farms throughout the region have had to suffer weather problems, but this season, the largest projected crop is in store.

Andrew VanTil, co-owner of Bowerman Blueberries: “We’re looking at potentially one of the largest crops that we’ve seen in eight-to-ten years." But this didn’t come easy. "This May we’ve irrigated four times more than we have in the last previous couple years.”

According to the National Weather Service, West Michigan has been moisture starved this month. This year marks the second driest May on record. But right now, there are only a few factors that could leave Bowerman’s with a less than ideal season, they include more frost damage, extreme temperatures and hail. Despite these threats, VanTil is optimistic.


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