2014 wild blueberry crop could be second largest ever


ORONO, Maine (NEWS CENTER) -- According to a UMaine report, 2014 could be the second largest wild blueberry harvest in Maine's history.

The university has been keeping track of the state's wild blueberry harvest since 1924. Its numbers for 2014 show the total crop could be more than 100 million pounds. The largest crop was in 2000 at 110 million pounds.

Professor David Yarborough says the weather had a lot to do with the large crop, but another major factor is that farms are putting more money into growing wild blueberries.

"Without the investment, without controlling the weeds, without the irrigation, without the bees we wouldn't have the potential for the big crop," Yarborough said.

The official results for Maine's wild blueberry harvest come from the federal government. That report will be released later this month.


Two dead in early morning crash


JONESPORT, Maine - State Police say a man and woman are dead after an early morning crash Saturday.

Maine Department of Public Safety Spokesperson Steve McCausland said the crash happened on Main St. in Jonesport just after 1 am Saturday morning.

McCausland says 26-year-old James Hatt and 31-year-old Bridget Robinson both died from injuries suffered in the crash.

Officials say the 1997 Cadilac was traveling at two to three times the posted speed limit of 25 m.p.h, left the road, hit a guardrail and flipped on its side. McCausland says Hatt was completely ejected from the vehicle and that Robinson was partially ejected. McCausland said initial investigation shows neither person was wearing a seatbelt.

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