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Looking for Answers: Crop Insurance and the Florida Blueberry Market

THIS PAST SEASON raised some questions about blueberry crop insurance. To find answers we need to look at how the crop insurance impacted our local markets. First, let’s take a few steps back. We need to examine the basic policy design and the geographic area the blueberry crop insurance services. is information will help uncover the answers to questions and provide solutions to help Florida blueberry growers better manage growing risks. […]

By | July 12th, 2016|Blueberry News Blog, Uncategorized|Comments Off on Looking for Answers: Crop Insurance and the Florida Blueberry Market

2016 Challenges Harvesting: Lessons Learned from the Effects of Weather on the Season

THE 2016 HARVEST SEASON was very challenging for most Florida blueberry growers. Production was very low during the typical late March/early April traditional “Florida blueberry harvest window.” By the time significant volumes of Florida fruit were ready for harvest, ample volumes of berries from other southeastern states, California, and Mexico had entered the marketplace and lowered demand for Florida blueberries. Most of the problems faced by Florida growers this season were weather-related. […]

By | July 12th, 2016|Blueberry News Blog, Uncategorized|Comments Off on 2016 Challenges Harvesting: Lessons Learned from the Effects of Weather on the Season

President’s Letter: Remaining Committed and Vigilant as Ever

AS YOU ARE ALL AWARE, our last season was one of the most challenging ones we have ever experienced. Warmer-than-normal conditions during late fall and winter delayed the onset of dormancy and resulted in very low winter chill accumulation. The unusually warm winter, combined with an El Niño climate phase (cloudy and cool conditions during our fruit set and development phase), were major factors delaying harvest of the 2016 Florida blueberry crop. As a result, we were later than we have ever been on our harvest, which meant our fruit hit the market at an unusual time this year. […]

By | July 11th, 2016|Announcements, Uncategorized|Comments Off on President’s Letter: Remaining Committed and Vigilant as Ever

PRESIDENT’S LETTER: Overcoming the Challenges at Hand

It is no secret that we are up against another challenging season.  The lack of chill throughout our state has caused our crop to be slow and most of it will be ripening later than our traditional harvest time. All reports indicate that our neighbors to the north are running on time and may even be a little early this year. A lot of fruit is going to hit the market at an unusual time this year.  What can we, as growers, do to mitigate this problem? […]

By | April 6th, 2016|Announcements, Uncategorized|0 Comments

Marketing Update: USHBC Efforts to Increase Consumer Demand

Positively Affecting the Blueberry Industry with ‘Little Changes’ Campaign   by ERIKA ALDRICH   Blueberries pack a mighty nutritious punch, and they’re perfect for the on-the-go lifestyles of today’s families.  Those exact talking points are [...]

By | April 5th, 2016|Blueberry News Blog, Uncategorized|0 Comments

Ag Perspective on the 2016 Legislative Session

Q&A with Bill Braswell on Recent Bills Past Bill Braswell, the current candidate for District 3 Polk County Commissioner and the past president of the Florida Blueberry Growers Association, answered some questions for The Blueberry [...]

By | April 5th, 2016|Blueberry News Blog, Uncategorized|0 Comments

Pollinator Workshop Q&A

With Jeanette Klopchin, Pollinator Protection Specialist, Division of Agricultural Environmental Services, FDACS   photo by SARAH ASCHLIMAN   At the Florida Blueberry Pollination Workshop held on December 2, 2015 at the Lake County UF/IFAS Extension [...]

By | April 5th, 2016|Blueberry News Blog, Uncategorized|0 Comments

Spring Irrigation of Florida Blueberries

Avoiding Water Stress During the Fruit Development Period by JEFF WILLIAMSON, Extension specialist, Horticultural Sciences Department, IFAS, University of Florida Gainesville, and GARY ENGLAND, multi-county Extension agent, IFAS, University of Florida, Lake County   The fruit development period (bloom to harvest) is a critical period for optimum blueberry plant water status.  March, April, and May are often dry months in Florida, and while this may be beneficial for disease control and berry quality, it emphasizes the need for proper irrigation management to avoid water stress during this critical period.  Most new blueberry plantings are equipped with some type of low-volume irrigation system for routine irrigation, as well as overhead irrigation for freeze protection.  This article will discuss irrigation needs other than those for freeze protection.  Plant water requirements are relatively low during dormancy, but increase significantly with the onset of bloom and early shoot emergence.  Under Florida conditions, a rapid increase in plant water use is typically observed between February and mid-March (depending on location, cultivar, and weather patterns) as new leaf surface area begins to develop following bloom.  Plant water use continues to increase during spring as day lengths and temperatures increase, fruit continue to develop, and leaf surface area continues to increase.  The final stages of fruit development are associated with a rapid increase in berry size just prior to ripening (typically occurring in April and May, depending on location and cultivar).  This is a critical period for maintaining optimum plant water status during a period of relatively high plant water demand.  After harvest, summer pruning that removes a significant amount of the canopy leaf surface area can result in a temporary decline in plant water use, but as the summer flush develops, days continue to lengthen, and temperatures continue to increase, plant water use will increase. […]

By | April 5th, 2016|Blueberry News Blog, Uncategorized|0 Comments
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