Blueberries Crop Guide

Estimated Cost $3,000 per acre; $1,000 per acre annual operating; 2 years to first harvest; harvest June to July
Market Outlets Pick-your-own; farmers markets; roadside, wholesale
Market Potential Good, but not fully tested
Profit Potential $0 to $5,000 per acre
Adapted Areas East Texas
Labor Requirements When yield is heavy, 10 to 15 pickers per acre are needed to harvest.
Equipment Requirements Tractor, shredder, herbicide sprayer, trailer
Soil Requirements Acid sands, pH 4.5 to 5.5
Water Requirements High quality water required.
Minimum Size 1/4 acre
Risk Factor Moderate
Other Limiting Factors Unknown
Comments Soil and water quality are critical and must be tested for suitability. Investigate labor availability and market outlets. Fertilizer requirements exacting optimum soil types have not been totally identified; site selection is critical. Must incorporate organic matter at planting.

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