Our blueberries are packed into clam shells and shipped all over the West Coast and Japan. We grow 3 different varieties that are early, mid and late season ripening so we are busy from late June to mid August. Some fields we have to pick two times and some with 4 pickings because each variety ripens differently. Between each picking, we have to wait about 13 days. Some fields we pick by hand and some by machine. Keeps us on our toes. Our oldest field we planted in 1995 and our latest in 2012.
This could be a whole another post (which it might be!), but we take lots of efforts to deter the birds from eating our blueberries! When you work all year keeping the berries maintained and growing healthy, and the birds take the berries right when they are ready to harvest, it is painful to watch!!! One deterrent is putting net over 12 of our 35 acres of berries. The picture below is of us putting a net over 12 acres of our blueberries. The net stays up year round, except we unroll the different sections in the spring. It usually takes 2 weeks to put it up and 1 week to take it down.
We have also finished up thinning our apples.
Now we are working on putting in 3 new rows of Honeycrisp. That includes getting the ground worked up and smooth, a soil test to see if the soil needs amended. Plus rows spaced and staked, trenching for the irrigation pipe, ordering and installation of the underground irrigation, digging of post and tree holes, and finally planting of the trees! And even with all that, I am sure I am forgetting something!
On another subject, it has been rainy around here. We were checking on our wheat and plenty has laid down. It will make it harder to harvest because the wheat header has a harder time cutting it when it is down, but we'll make it.
Other crops we are growing are, radish seed (white flowers) and dwarf chinese cabbage (yellow flowers). After bloom then we let them dry up before they are harvested.
Well I am off to go pick up a truckload of blueberry crates. Have a great rest of the day!