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Blueberry production is primarily a part time enterprise with a wide variation in acreages per grower and a modest investment per acre.
Blueberry growers recovered cash costs and most of the variable costs of producing and harvesting the 1974 crop. For a competitive return on investment and a modest wage, the average grower would have had to receive 35 cents rather than 20 cents per pound, considering the yields obtained in 1974. To be reasonably assured of adequate returns, a grower should achieve yields of over 1,000 pounds per acre.
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Metzger, Homer B. and Ismail, Amr A.. 1977. B738: Costs and Returns in Lowbush Blueberry Production in Maine, 1974 Crop. Maine Agricultural and Forest Experiment Station Bulletins .