Raspberry Challenges Pt 1 – AG WEST INFORMATION NETWORK

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Raspberry Challenges Pt 1

With today’s Fruit Grower report, I’m Bob Larson. The harvest numbers are out and not surprisingly, Washington raspberry growers were hit hard by a series of record high temperatures in late June.

But looking ahead to next year, Washington Red Raspberry Commission executive director Henry Bierlink says the future remains uncertain …

BIERLINK… “It’s an open question because, you know, not only the flora canes, which we use for our berries this year were up, but, you know, the prima canes, which will be the harvest of the Next year were also coming up and how much damage they received, how stunted they got, that we won’t really know until next year.

Until then, Bierlink says there is still a lot of work to be done …

BIERLINK… “You have to plan a bit. Of course, some people jump on the global warming trend right away and, you know, not many of our growers do. They’re a little more balanced, but you have to look and say if we’re in a trend where we’re going to have warmer temperatures and then what do we do about that when we look at the development of varieties and different technologies.

But, Bierlink says there might be a little help coming …

BIERLINK… “There is a disaster relief bill that has floated through the federal government, through the system. There’s about $ 10 billion that was added just in this latest budget reconciliation, or whatever you call it there, which applies to a lot of different things.

Tune in tomorrow for another major challenge facing Washington red raspberry growers in Whatcom County.

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