Large local variations in the quantity and quality of blueberries are expected. Entrepreneurs believe that the rains of the next few days can still save a lot.
MustikkasaTo can be very variable this year, and in some places some of the berries are getting small due to the dry summer. Now, berry companies are feverishly hoping for more rain.
“There’s a big harvest potential right now, if you could just get that water. Now we want fingers and toes crossed for decent rain throughout Finland, ”Executive Director of the Arctic Aromas Association for Natural Products Birgitta Partanen commented.
The first blueberries are already ripening in the southern parts of the country. According to Partanen’s information, large and good-quality berries have already been obtained in some places, but in many places still small raw.
“If there is no rain, the berries can dry out, go into leathery raisins or stay so small that they are not worth picking.”
Drought has also taxed part of the open strikes. However, the collection season is just beginning, and the northern raven bridges are still waiting to ripen.
According to Partanen, the berry harvest is becoming very variable in the whole country. He has not yet received comprehensive information from the companies, as the purchasing activity has not yet really started.
“Even in a small area, there can be a lot of variation. It depends a bit on how the rain has hit. ”
Specialist researcher Rainer Peltola The Natural Resources Center assesses earlier this week HS that the blueberries in the north would benefit from the weekend’s rains, but they would no longer have much of an impact on the blueberries in the south.
“I can’t yet say whether the berries have been smaller than normal. It will be seen when the blueberries can be picked in real life,” Peltola commented at the time.
However, entrepreneurs in the industry are optimistic. Managing director Tommy Gustafsson Marja Bothnia from Berries oy believes that blueberries have suffered from drought in some places, but the harvest can still be at least relatively good.
“The berries are small at the moment, but yes they will grow if water comes. There is also an assumption that they have been somewhat dropped [kuivuuden vuoksi] away, ”Gustafsson commented on the situation in central Finland and Ostrobothnia.
This year, the company will bring about 700 foreign berry pickers to Finland. According to Gustafsson, that is a fairly standard amount.
Also CEO of Dalla Valle oy, a North Karelian berry and mushroom company Loreno Dalla Valle says local variation is large depending on where the rains have come from. He also expects a pretty good harvest overall.
“Rain is needed, nothing else.”
On Sunday, showers have mostly come in Kainuu, Northern Ostrobothnia and Lapland. At the beginning of next week, rain is forecast mainly for Lapland, but towards the end of the week, rainfall is expected to spread more widely to the whole country.