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Aiding growers in making irrigation and cold protection decisions

Recent enhancements to FAWN allow for easier navigation on station-specific pages, plus an app for smartphone access THE FLORIDA AUTOMATED WEATHER NETWORK (FAWN), a program of the University of Florida Institute of Food and Agricultural Sciences (UF/IFAS), uses data from its network of 42 stations for a variety of weather-related tools that can aid growers in making irrigation and cold protection decisions. Growers rely on FAWN weather data to monitor current conditions, and FAWN tools for making decision related to irrigation, freeze protection, and chemical application. FAWN has been proven very useful in helping growers save both water and dollars. For example, UF/IFAS estimates show use of FAWN tools on cold nights can potentially generate savings of millions of dollars and billions of gallons of water statewide. […]

By | September 29th, 2016|Blueberry News Blog, Uncategorized|Comments Off on Aiding growers in making irrigation and cold protection decisions

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 better job in a new season. But putting last season behind us will not be easy for some. While those fortunate few who had a good season or those who had crop or whole farm revenue insurance will be okay, many other farms are strained financially. […]

By | September 29th, 2016|Announcements, Uncategorized|0 Comments

Financial Analysis After Harvest: Assessing Current Status, Improving Cash Flow, and Protecting Future Earnings

BY NOW, FLORIDA BLUEBERRY GROWERS have finished counting their till and are coming up short — more so for the commercially harvested than u-pick operations. The 2016 blueberry season was one of the most challenging we have seen during the recent expansion of the Florida blueberry industry. The culmination of events stemming from lack of chill hours to the cool spring affects of the El Niño weather pattern kept Florida growers from hitting the coveted market sweet spot that is critical for profitable returns. […]

By | July 12th, 2016|Blueberry News Blog, Uncategorized|Comments Off on Financial Analysis After Harvest: Assessing Current Status, Improving Cash Flow, and Protecting Future Earnings

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
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