The United States is the world’s largest producer of blueberries, harvesting a total of 564.4 million pounds of cultivated and wild blueberries in 2012. Nearly 84 percent of the harvest consists of cultivated blueberries. (NASS 2013)
Michigan was the nation's leading producer of cultivated blueberries; the state harvested 87 million pounds in 2012. Other top producers included Georgia, Oregon, Washington and New Jersey. (NASS 2013)
Maine was the leading producer of lowbush, or "wild," blueberries, harvesting 91.1 million pounds of wild blueberries in 2012. (NASS 2013)
Blueberries rank as the second most important commercial berry crop in the United States, with a total crop value of more than $781.8 million in 2012. March 2013 . . . Blueberries
- Berry Health Benefits Symposium - Three-day event with speakers from the science community, health and wellness practitioners, food industry professionals, educators and consumers.
- Fruit and Vegetable Market News Portal, Agricultural Marketing Service (AMS), USDA - Custom data queries concerning weekly prices at terminal, shipping, movement and retail points for fresh organic and non-organic fruits and vegetables, sourced by product variety and regional locations, can be conducted using this excellent database.
- Global Agricultural Trade Statistics, Foreign Agricultural Service (FAS), USDA.
- U.S. Blueberry Industry, Economic Research Service (ERS), USDA - This site has production, consumption and world trade statistics.
- U.S. Highbush Blueberry Council - This grower association was established in 2002 to serve the U.S. blueberry industry and promote the consumption of blueberries.
- Wild Blueberry Association of North America - Since forming in 1981, this organization of growers and processors from Maine and Canada has promoted wild blueberries.
- Blueberries Storage and Processing, U.S. Highbush Council - These five research articles are related to blueberry processing.
- Postharvest Cooling and Handling of Blueberries, North Carolina State University - This bulletin explains postharvest handling procedures used in commercial blueberry production.
- Blueberries, Small Farms Team, Washington State University – Blueberry links to information related to blueberry production, pest management, marketing, plant breeding, harvesting, nursery plans, economics, controlled atmosphere storage and food processing provided specific to Northwestern U.S. blueberry industry.
- Blueberries: Organic Production, ATTRA, NCAT, 2004 - Blueberries are well-suited to organic culture, and good markets exist for organically grown blueberries. This production guide addresses key aspects of organic blueberry production, including soils and fertility, cultural considerations, pests and diseases and marketing.
- Blueberry – 2010 Fruit and Nut Planning Budgets, Department of Agricultural Economics, Mississippi State University, Budget Report 2010-02, 2010.
- Blueberry Community of Practice, eXtension.org – Experts provide science-based, objective information related to blueberry production and consumption.
- Blueberry Production, Northwest Berry & Grape Information Network - This site provides a thorough listing of blueberry topics including marketing options.
- Blueberry Production for Local Sales and Small Pick-Your-Own Operators, North Carolina Cooperative Extension, 2002 - This document provides general guidelines and includes sources for cuttings.
- Crop Profile for Blueberries in Tennessee, University of Tennessee, 2007.
- Economics of Organic Blueberry Establishment in Georgia, Kristy Plattner et al., Journal of Food Distribution Research Vol. 39(1); 2008, pp. 111-115.
- Estimated Cost and Economics for Rabbiteye Blueberries in Georgia, University of Georgia Cooperative Extension, 2005.
- Fruits and Tree Nuts, ERS, USDA.
- Growing Highbush Blueberries, University of Maine Cooperative Extension, 2008 - This how-to online guide provides information for berry production in Northern New England.
- Highbush Blueberry Production, Agricultural Alternatives, Penn State University, 2009.
- Maine Wild Blueberries, New England Agricultural Statistics (Field office of NASS), USDA.
- Michigan Blueberry Facts, Michigan State University - This site lists numerous blueberry facts and resources.
- The Mid Atlantic Berry Guide, College of Agricultural Sciences, Penn State University, 2012.
- Noncitrus Fruits and Nuts, National Agricultural Statistics Service (NASS), USDA.
- Nursery Guide for Berry and Small Fruit Crops, Cornell University, 2013 - This two-part nursery guide for berry growers cross references scores of cultivars with the nurseries that sell them.
- Production Guide for Organic Blueberries; Cornell University Cooperative Extension, NY State Department of Agriculture and Markets, and New York State IPM Program; 2013.
- Sample Costs to Establish and Produce Fresh Market Blueberries, University of California-Davis, 2009.
- Southern Region Small Fruit Consortium – Multiple links to blueberry marketing, production, pest information, newsletters and regional experts.
- Blueberry Hill Farm, Berkshire County, Massachusetts - This pick-your-own blueberry farm raises three varieties of highbush blueberries and has grown blueberries for more than 50 years.
- Blueberry Hill Farms, Edom, Texas - This farm features a 10-acre you-pick blueberry orchard.
- Bluegrass Blueberries, Edmonton, Kentucky - This case study, prepared by the University of Kentucky Cooperative Extension Service in 2002, discusses how the owners plan to tackle future expansion of their own business first and then the Kentucky berry industry in general.
- Gillam Farms, Judsonia, Arkansas - This family farm consists of more than 500 acres of fruits and vegetables. Main crops consist of blackberries and blueberries.
- Gingerich Farm Products, Inc. - Since 1919, this Oregon family farm has focused on producing blueberries, hazelnuts and grass seed. The farm grows, ships and processes (frozen and dehydrated forms) sustainably-grown blueberries, which have been sold throughout the United States, overseas to China and Australia and more recently to Japanese markets.
- Merrill Blueberry Farms, Ellsworth, Maine - A fourth-generation operation whose harvested berries go through the Individually Quick Frozen method to preserve taste and nutrition.
- Springbank Farm, Lebanon, Oregon - This blueberry farm in Linn County, Oregon, used a VAPG award to study the feasibility of making and selling blueberry wine.
- The Tammen Treeberry Farm, Wilmington, Illinois - This farm markets cut-your-own Christmas trees and pick-your-own blueberries. Blueberries are grown on 50 acres and all are sold directly to customers.
Links checked July 2013.