As predicted earlier in the season, the 2021 wild blueberry crop in Quebec was significantly impacted by the frosts which occurred during the bloom phase towards end May / early June. In addition to this, there was an extended dry period in June which further inhibited proper fruit development.
We estimate Quebec’s conventional wild blueberry crop to be down by approx. 50-55% vs. a ‘normal’ crop and the organic crop to be down by approx. 85%. While these are both extreme crop reductions, the organic reduction qualifies as a disaster.
Quebec enjoyed a robust crop in 2020 and the exact opposite is true for 2021.