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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

FBGA Honors Sherri Brothers for 21 Years of Service

A special thank you to retiring board member, Sherri Brothers. Thank you for 21 years of service to the Florida Blueberry Growers Association

By | February 24th, 2016|Announcements, Uncategorized|Comments Off on FBGA Honors Sherri Brothers for 21 Years of Service

PRESIDENT’S LETTER -The Hot Topics on Everyone’s Minds

I am writing this letter in mid-December and right now the only thing I hear our blueberry growers talking about is “chill.”  In the midst of this hot topic, the two words I hear most [...]

By | February 24th, 2016|Announcements, Uncategorized|Comments Off on PRESIDENT’S LETTER -The Hot Topics on Everyone’s Minds

Spring Meeting and Trade Show

Florida Blueberry Growers learn about  how this year’s weather and dormancy breaking treatments are affecting the 2016 blueberry crop in Florida and Georgia.  The Spring Meeting and Trade Show was held at the Hillsborough Community College [...]

By | February 19th, 2016|Announcements, Uncategorized|Comments Off on Spring Meeting and Trade Show

Hernando Progress, Inc Award Honors Florida Blueberry Growers Association

Hernando Progress, Inc. Board of Directors In Grateful Appreciation Present The Florida Blueberry Growers Association This Outstanding Community Service Award For Their Commitment to the City Of Brooksville and Hernando County Friday, January 22, 2016

By | February 4th, 2016|Announcements, Uncategorized|0 Comments

Spring Blueberry Short Course Meeting Agenda

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By | January 30th, 2016|Announcements, Uncategorized|Comments Off on Spring Blueberry Short Course Meeting Agenda

FBGA 2015 Officers and Directors

Please join us in congratulating/welcoming the 2015 FBGA Officers and Directors: • Dudley Calfee, President (Renewal Term of Office: 10-08-2015 to 10-07-2017 • Dan Ebbecke, Vice President (Renewal Term of Office: 10-08-2015 to 10-07-2017 • [...]

By | October 13th, 2015|Announcements, Uncategorized|Comments Off on FBGA 2015 Officers and Directors
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