(July 11) Another year of strong prices and record-breaking production appears to be in store for Oregon’s approximately 300 blueberry growers, according to the Salem News.

Production value of the state’s blueberry crop jumped from $30 million in 2005 to $53 million in 2006; on a percentage basis, no other Oregon agricultural commodity increased its value more last year than blueberries, the newspaper reported.

Over the past 10 years, the blueberry industry has experienced a reported growth rate of more than 100% – from 20 million pounds to a projected 40 million pounds in 2007.