According to a new report, the changing climate could knock Hillsborough County out of the sweet spot for strawberries. The report, released by the Environmental Defense Fund last Thursday, focused on Florida’s strawberry growing industry and its increased challenges. The report used a process-based crop model developed by researchers at the University of Florida in addition to climate models.
Hillsborough County produces the most strawberries in the state, and that's on track to drop by 2050 due to climate change, the report found. Modelling show there would be about an 11% decrease by 2050. This will happen gradually over time and not necessarily in a straight line, but it means growers should start planning ahead.