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Update on Flatheaded Borers Infesting Blueberry Plantings in Central and North-Central Florida

Beetles vs Blueberries Since 2014, several Florida blueberry growers have reported seeing tunneling or girdling around the canes of their bushes (first report in The Blueberry News, winter 2015). In the summer of 2016, the [...]

By | July 17th, 2018|Blueberry News Blog|Comments Off on Update on Flatheaded Borers Infesting Blueberry Plantings in Central and North-Central Florida

U-Pick Update: Bringing in Customers by the Berry Bucket

Florida Growers Mix Business and Pleasure with AgriTourism on the Blueberry Farm by MARY TOOTHMAN The cold weather slightly delayed the Red, White & Blues Farm’s blueberry season opening of its agritourism operation, but the [...]

By | April 4th, 2018|Blueberry News Blog, Featured|0 Comments

FARMS Program

Helping Farmers Maximize Production Through Water Conservation by TERESA SCHIFFER Water, sunlight, and nutrients – the most basic ingredients for any grower. Sunshine is abundant, nutrients can be controlled, so what about the water? Clean, [...]

By | April 4th, 2018|Blueberry News Blog, Featured|0 Comments

Q&A on AgriTourism

Dustin Lowe, Owner of Lake Catherine Blueberries in Groveland, Shares His Thoughts on This Growing Trend The 2017 Census of Agriculture, which is conducted every five years by the United States Department of Agriculture, is [...]

By | April 4th, 2018|Blueberry News Blog, Featured|0 Comments

Blueberry Fruit Drop – Pollination Issues?

Helpful Tips to Keep Your Blueberries Healthy by DOUG PHILLIPS Central Florida growers have recently reported occurrences of undeveloped fruit dropping, in particular on the cultivar ‘Meadowlark.’  Although insect activity such as heavy flower thrip [...]

By | April 4th, 2018|Blueberry News Blog, Featured|0 Comments

Do Rootstocks Have a Place in Commercial Blueberry Production?

Ongoing research in our program is evaluating the potential use of sparkleberry (Vaccinium arboreum) as a rootstock for southern highbush blueberry (SHB). Blueberry plants are shallow-rooted and require soils with low pH and high organic [...]

By | January 15th, 2018|Announcements, Blueberry News Blog|0 Comments

Around the Corner

Getting Ahead with these Spring Weed Management Reminders Weeds compete with blueberry for water and nutrients, which inhibits bush growth and yield. Weed control options include preventative, mechanical, and chemical weed control options. A proper [...]

By | January 15th, 2018|Announcements, Blueberry News Blog|0 Comments

Winter Weather Outlook and Blueberry Freeze Protection

Considering the Forecast, Field Conditions, Passive Freeze Protection, and Proper Irrigation System Operation CLIMATE OUTLOOK Over the past several blueberry seasons, growers have begun utilizing climatology for determining the overall weather trends they can expect [...]

By | January 15th, 2018|Announcements, Blueberry News Blog|0 Comments

President's Letter: Learning from the past and moving forward

One of the great parts of working in Florida agriculture is that every year we get to start fresh. If we learn from past successes or mistakes, then we have another opportunity to do a [...]

By | October 10th, 2016|Blueberry News Blog, Uncategorized|Comments Off on President's Letter: Learning from the past and moving forward

Crop insurance: Let’s take a second look

Where are we now with blueberry crop insurance and the Florida blueberry market? IN THE LAST ISSUE of The Blueberry News, I had the opportunity to talk about blueberry crop insurance and damage claims from the low chill hours during the 2015- 16 season. There are still some unanswered questions. At the same time, the Florida Blueberry Growers Association (FBGA) board has been working diligently to make things happen, and we are seeing some positive results. […]

By | September 29th, 2016|Blueberry News Blog, Uncategorized|Comments Off on Crop insurance: Let’s take a second look
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