New blueberry BETTER than Sweetcrisp.
Those who wanted Raven's read to the bottom.
A fellow board member pointed out to me that the University of Florida through the Florida Foundation Seed Producers had a new variety on their website named Indigocrisp. It is funny because not too long ago I was talking to my commercial BB friend and he told me about a new variety that was coming out but at the time it was not yet named and just known by the numbers (FL-98-325). He was raving about it because it had the ability to be mechanically harvested...big deal to him meaningless to me. Turns out that Indigocrisp was the name they picked for Fl-98-325. For those that like Sweetcrisp it is good news as it scored better than Sweetcrisp on taste...something I did not think was even possible. It has the exact same crunch as Sweetcrisp but the berries are bigger and it is a heavy producer unlike Sweetcrisp. Great news right? Nope......and this is where Raven enters the picture. The University has been having a lot of trouble with unlicensed propagation so now has new rules and these rules pertain not to just the Indigocrisp but also to the entire bird series including the Ravens.
The rules are as follows.....
1. Plants must be purchased in 100+ plant lots unless prior written permission from the Florida Foundation Seed producers is given, they are the licensing arm for the University. They do have the ability to grant waivers for less than 100 plant lots on a case by case basis. Though even if they do grant a waiver that does not compel the commercial license holders to sell to you at all or a lesser number than their own preset minimum. If they have a 250 plant minimum this waiver from the FFSP does not change that.
2. A signed non propagation agreement is required before they can be purchased.
3. The plants can't be resold.
This morning I discussed this with Mr.Beuttenmuller who is the director of the Florida Foundation Seed Producers. I expressed my concern that the system was not fair to the public especially considering the University is a public land grant school. He was very nice about it and explained the why in detail but those are the rules.
What this means is I can't buy Ravens or any of the newer offerings then sell them even if I was selling them for exactly what I paid for them. Even if they did allow that which they don't I am not authorized to get non propagation agreements signed by others. He was nice enough to offer to grant me a waiver but that does not help at all with rule #2 or #3.
Seems we have hit a brick wall, sorry folks.