Blueberry Culture in Chile—Current Status, Future Prospects

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  • 1 Professor, Department of Horticulture, Michigan State University, East Lansing MI 48823.
  • | 2 Professor, School of Agronomy, University of Talca, Chile.
  • | 3 Professor, Fruit Crops Department, University of Florida, Gainesville, FL 32611.

There is great interest in growing blueberries in Chile. Although only a few hundred hectares are now planted, thousands of hectares are predicted by the turn of the century. There are many areas in the country that are adaptable to blueberry culture, and labor costs are extremely low. Chileans feel they have a golden opportunity to make a profit by producing blueberries during the North American off-season.

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