The spotted wing drosophila (SWD), Drosophila suzukii (Matsumura), is a serious threat to the Florida blueberry industry. During the 2012 production season, SWD caused economic damage to blueberry growers in Florida that was estimated between 7-10 million dollars. […]
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We all know the notoriety blueberries have received regarding their health benefits. Blueberries have several other things going for them; kids love them, and they are easy to prepare and eat. Rinse them off and pop them in your mouth. No peel or pit, just sweet (Fresh From Florida) deliciousness. […]
Methods and Techniques for Managing Rust on the Farm My my hey hey, Blueberry rust is here to stay, Is it better to burn it out, or let it fade away, my my hey hey… Ok, that’s not how the song went was it? “Rust never sleeps” is also a phrase familiar to the vintage auto enthusiasts among us. Rust can rot out fenders and frame rails of cherished cars from the inside-out. I won’t name any marques known for this… but if you own one, you know who you are, and you worry about what part of your car is rusting away at any given time! […]
Dear Grower and FBGA member, Your assistance is needed to hep us get Blueberry crop insurance coverage. The Florida Blueberry Growers Association has requested the USDA Risk Management Agency to expand the blueberry crop insurance [...]
Farm Credit and the Agriculture Institute of Florida wish to invite you to the Tenth Quadrennial Farm Credit/Ag Institute Candidates Forum on Thursday September 25, 2014 at 11:30 am at the Orange County Convention Center in Orlando. [...]
Revenue plans can insure the Perfect Storm? No one could have predicted this year’s harvest season. It was the “perfect storm.” Many factors seemed to all converge at one time. Florida berries were about three weeks late. Pricing was low in reaction to a possible flooded market. On top of all this, at the height of the harvest, many farms experienced three days of heavy rains. How do you insure against all this? […]
Fifty Thousand Blueberry Festival enthusiasts gathered for the 3rd Annual Florida Blueberry Festival, presented by the Florida Blueberry Growers Association, City of Brooksville, the Brooksville Vision Foundation, and Hernando County Tourist Development. […]
Encouraging Strong, Healthy Vegetative Growth With harvest and summer pruning completed the emphasis this summer is on encouraging strong, healthy vegetative growth, which will contain most of the flower buds for next year’s crop. Irrigation is one of several management practices that are critical for obtaining optimum summer growth. […]
FBGA and the UF/IFAS Extension Partner to Launch a New Study for the Benefit of Growers Blueberries have become a very significant fruit crop in Florida over the past 20 years. Growers know the significant costs associated with establishment, production, and harvest of this crop. It is vital that Florida blueberry producers have all the risk management tools available, such as crop insurance, to protect their investments. […]
Well, another season is behind us. The bushes are trimmed and we are into our summer spray and maintenance programs. We have also had a chance to look at the numbers for this season and the results for most was somewhat disappointing. […]