The unseasonably warm weather in March started the growing season a little early, while frosts in late May gave farmers in the area a scare, Behm said.
Having lots of berries is a good thing, but the strange weather likely scared some of their regular migrant workers away.
Howard said other fruit growers experienced more crop damage, so those farm workers didn’t come north.
“Apparently, they didn’t think there was any work for them,” he said.
Ken Reenders agreed. The part owner of Reenders Blueberry Farms said they had less help this year than in previous years.
“When the oranges are done, they come up here,” he said. “We were short-handed this year, probably down 10-12 people.”
Reenders said his farm’s crop was also slightly better this year.
“It was way down last year,” he said. “The crop was fair this year.”To read more of this story, see today’s print or e-edition of the Grand Haven Tribune.
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