Thirty eight states grow blueberries commercially. However, ten states account for more than 98 % of U.S. commercial production: California, Florida, Georgia, Indiana, Michigan, Mississippi, New Jersey, North Carolina, Oregon and Washington.
The U.S. Department of Agriculture National Agricultural Statistics Service reports that American growers lose tens of millions of dollars each year as a result of bird nuisance and ineffective bird repelling methods (research was limited to two crops and seven states).2 The research “Bird damage to select fruit crops: The cost of damage and the benefits of control in the following five states: California, Michigan, New York, Oregon and Washington.” estimated that the current bird damage costs per acre ranged from 42 USD in Oregon tart cherries to 2,942 USD in Washington Honeycrisp apples.3 The blueberry crops suffer most from the bird damage. The bar chart “Impact of bird damage on the profit of the farm” demonstrates the growers’ qualitative assessment of the effects of bird damage on profit.
Impact of damage on the profit of the farm
Oregon and Washington have the biggest blueberry crop damage caused by birds per acre. The damage per acre for blueberries equals to 1,851 USD for Oregon and is calculated at 11,238,095 USD for the entire state. The table “Bird damage per state” demonstrates the bird damage in fruit production per hectare/acre and statewide.