"If you’re going to be a farmer, you have to get used to failure," says Chris Luther, subject of an article about blueberry farming I wrote for the inaugural issue of Crop Stories.
“No blueberry farmer should ever play nursemaid with a poor, sick-looking plant. It’s never going to keep up with its neighbor. It’s a weak plant, it don’t look good. It’s never going to produce like your best plant. So just jerk it up and plant a new one. Cut your losses. In the long run, you are going to do a lot better with more vibrant plants.
Some are just weak. They’re like people: Some people is tall, some people is short, some people strong, some people is weak. If you got a weak blueberry plant, it’s always going to be weak. Just remove it."