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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

From Blueberry Field to Better School Lunch

Initiative Seeks to Build Mutually Beneficial Relationship Between Local Farms and Schools Bob Wilhelm packed the blueberries in five-pound boxes.  The schools served them in fruit cups and used them to teach math.  “They [the [...]

By | September 28th, 2017|Announcements, Blueberry News Blog|0 Comments

Grower 411

HURRICANE IRMA AGRICULTURE RELIEF PROGRAMS The damage from Hurricane Irma has caused significant financial loss to Florida growers in sales revenue from crops lost or delayed and clean up expense.  This article is a compilation [...]

By | September 28th, 2017|Announcements, Blueberry News Blog|0 Comments

Mechanical Harvesting Update

Preview of Speakers’ Presentations at the Upcoming FBGA Fall Meeting and Trade Show Over the past 30 years, blueberry production has grown by leaps and bounds.  However, current methods of hand-picking berries for the fresh [...]

By | September 28th, 2017|Announcements, Blueberry News Blog|0 Comments

Assessing Damage from Irma

Blueberry Crop Insurance Coverage Reminders Reports on the extent of damage in the blueberry industry from Hurricane Irma varies across the state— from plants being pulled out of the ground to leaves blown off, and [...]

By | September 28th, 2017|Announcements, Blueberry News Blog|0 Comments

Reach Out to Your Local USDA Farm Service Agency Office Now

Hurricane Irma ripped right through most of Central Florida, through the heart of agricultural production in our state.  I am sure that most agricultural commodities, including our blueberries, will feel the impact from this large, [...]

By | September 28th, 2017|Announcements, Blueberry News Blog|0 Comments

Save-the-Date for the Next Blueberry Growers Meeting

Mark your calendars and plan to attend the upcoming FBGA Fall 2017 Meeting and Trade Show.  The event will be held Thursday, October 26 at the Hillsborough Community College, Trinkle Center, located at 1206 North [...]

By | July 19th, 2017|Announcements, Blueberry News Blog|0 Comments

President’s Letter: Reflecting on the 2017 Harvesting Season

Final figures are not in yet, but it looks like we will end up harvesting about 20 million pounds of blueberries this past season.  This is much better than last season, but not as good [...]

By | July 19th, 2017|Announcements, Blueberry News Blog|0 Comments
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