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Years of Research on Blueberry Sprayers Gives Growers Invaluable Insight

by MARY TOOTHMAN It is very common practice for growers to spray blueberry crops with insecticides, but experts say if they are going to spray blueberries, they best do it right. Several years ago, growers [...]

By | October 14th, 2018|Blueberry News Blog|Comments Off on Years of Research on Blueberry Sprayers Gives Growers Invaluable Insight

Winter Freeze Checklist

Virtually all blueberry fields in Florida are subject to late winter or early spring freezes which can cause serious reductions in yield. Below is a list of activities for freeze preparation. The list was originally [...]

By | October 14th, 2018|Blueberry News Blog|Comments Off on Winter Freeze Checklist

Recognizing Injury Symptoms from Blueberry Gall Midge

Blueberry growers throughout the state of Florida experienced what appears to be high blueberry gall midge (BGM) damage during the spring 2018 growing season. The damage appears to be more pronounced in the Central Florida [...]

By | October 14th, 2018|Blueberry News Blog|Comments Off on Recognizing Injury Symptoms from Blueberry Gall Midge

Best Pollination Practices in Southern Highbush Blueberries in Florida

Southern highbush blueberry (SHB) is the primary blueberry species grown in Florida. It is dependent upon pollinating insects for adequate pollination and fruit set. Some Florida growers reported cases of low fruit set this past [...]

By | October 14th, 2018|Blueberry News Blog|Comments Off on Best Pollination Practices in Southern Highbush Blueberries in Florida

Citrus Root Weevil Update

Pest Becoming a Significant Problem for Blueberries in Central Florida Citrus root weevil (Diaprepes abbreviatus) is a destructive pest on citrus trees. More recently, it is becoming a significant pest on southern highbush blueberry in [...]

By | October 14th, 2018|Blueberry News Blog|Comments Off on Citrus Root Weevil Update

Growers Thoughts: Florida Blueberry 2018 Season Recap

Florida blueberry growers produce more berries this year, despite pollination problems, gall midge and Hurricane Irma. Large blooms held promise for a bumper blueberry crop this year. But environmental problems, including pollination, gall midge and [...]

By | July 17th, 2018|Blueberry News Blog|Comments Off on Growers Thoughts: Florida Blueberry 2018 Season Recap

US Blueberry Growers Will Have to Look Toward Technology to Compete

It appears that specialty crops – including blueberries – are taking a back seat in the current negotiations over the North American Free Trade Agreement as arguments over tariffs and other higher priority items are [...]

By | July 17th, 2018|Blueberry News Blog|Comments Off on US Blueberry Growers Will Have to Look Toward Technology to Compete

FARMS Program Great for Growers

Helping Farmers Develop Efficient Water Practices   The FARMS program presented by SWFWMD is a perfect way for blueberry growers to get some much-needed assistance when it comes to instituting new, conservative irrigation techniques. Patricia [...]

By | July 17th, 2018|Blueberry News Blog|Comments Off on FARMS Program Great for Growers

Summer Irrigation of Florida Blueberries

Research on Most Effective Way to Keep Your Blueberries Hydrated A major goal for blueberry growers during the summer months is to produce strong, healthy vegetative growth flushes which will produce most of the fruiting [...]

By | July 17th, 2018|Blueberry News Blog|Comments Off on Summer Irrigation of Florida Blueberries

Sighting in on a target spot disease management plan

Post-harvest foliage management is important for blueberries produced in both deciduous and evergreen systems in Florida.  Healthy leaves maintained through flower bud differentiation in fall will ensure sufficient carbohydrate (sugar) reserves for uniform, early, berry [...]

By | July 17th, 2018|Blueberry News Blog|Comments Off on Sighting in on a target spot disease management plan
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