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Crop Insurance 101— Back to the Basics

Make Sure the Farm is Up-to-Date on All Crop Insurance Dates and Coverage Blueberry crop insurance has been available in Florida for over 15 years.  It started as a pilot program in Alachua and Highlands [...]

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

Bacterial Wilt of Blueberry Caused by Ralstonia Solanacearum

Researchers share Initial Findings of Disease and What to Do if Detected in Your Crops Figure 1 The latest disease threat to Florida blueberries is bacterial wilt caused by Ralstonia solanacearum.  The disease [...]

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

Overcoming the Challenges of the Season

Growers Seek to Protect the Industry from Mexican Competition and Innovate through Good, Old Fashioned Ingenuity Florida blueberry growers are battling Mexican farmers for their lucrative spring marketing window.  With the Mexican blueberry crop up [...]

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

Fresh From Florida a boost for blueberries

SPONSORED CONTENT Each year, hundreds of small blueberry growers in Florida harvest two main types of the fruit – Rabbiteye and Southern Highbush. Capitalizing on Florida’s unique climate, farmers take advantage of the gap in [...]

By | April 14th, 2017|Blueberry News Blog|0 Comments

Food for Thought as the Season Gets Kicked into High Gear

Focusing on the 4Rs of Nutrient Stewardship BLUEBERRY SEASON is getting kicked into high gear with harvesting this year’s crop that you have been growing all year. Before you know it, harvest will be over [...]

By | April 7th, 2017|Blueberry News Blog|Comments Off on Food for Thought as the Season Gets Kicked into High Gear

Florida Blueberry Festival Preview

Get a Bird’s Eye View of All the Entertainment and Pomp That Will be Putting the Spotlight on Florida’s Little Blue Dynamos PLUMP, SWEET, and delicious— Florida blueberries are a tasty treat unto themselves. If [...]

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Tips for Marketing Your Farm’s U-Pick

As each season comes and goes, I hear about more farms opening their  elds to the public and inviting them for a u-pick or we-pick experience. This does not surprise me, because when done [...]

By | April 7th, 2017|Blueberry News Blog|0 Comments

Waste Not Want Not

Growers’ Perspective on Optimizing Irrigation Methods for Blueberry Crops Waste not. Want not. It’s a common enough saying, but for Florida’s blueberry farmers, conserving water is a high priority— for reasons including practicing sustainable agriculture [...]

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Pollinator Protection

from the 2017 Southeastern Blueberry Integrated Management Guide Before making insecticide applications, monitor insect populations to determine if treatment is needed. If insecticide application is necessary: 1. Use selective pesticides to reduce risk to pollinators [...]

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Weather, Timing, Hard Work, and Luck

By the time you hold this in your hands, by God’s grace our harvest will be well underway. On our family blueberry farm in Medulla, Kirkland Farms, we experienced more chill hours in the latter [...]

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