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The describes research that evaluated the new mechanical harvesting technologies for wild blueberries and compared them to the traditional technology of hand raking under different assumptions about prices, costs, farm size, and yield. It provides information to growers about the circumstances where mechanical harvesting will be most useful and where the hand rakers can be used to the best advantage.
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Maine Agricultural Experiment Station
wild blueberries, harvesting, Maine
Agricultural and Resource Economics
Marra, M.C., T.A. Woods, R. Parker, N.N. San, and M. Teisl. 1989. A comparison of lowbush blueberry harvesting technologies: Experimental and economic results from the 1988 field tests in Washington County, Maine. Maine Agricultural Experiment Station Bulletin 825.