FBGA Fall 2014 Conference Presentations

Just click on the title to display the presentation   OCTOBER 2014 4R Nutrient Stewardship Presentation for Blueberry Meeting Update on Blueberry Variety Performance in Florida Review of Hydrogen Cyanamide Practices in Florida Blueberries Freeze [...]

By | October 20th, 2014|

Attaining Optimum Blueberry Yield Workshop – – October 28, 2014 & Central Florida Weather Watch

Greetings,   We are about a week away from the Florida Blueberry Growers Association Fall Seminar taking place in Plant City on Tuesday, October 7, 2014.  If you plan to attend and haven’t pre-registered, please [...]

By | September 30th, 2014|

Spotted Wing Drosophila: A Major Threat to the Florida Blueberry Industry

The spotted wing drosophila (SWD), Drosophila suzukii (Matsumura), is a serious threat to the Florida blueberry industry.  During the 2012 production season, SWD caused economic damage to blueberry growers in Florida that was estimated between 7-10 million dollars. […]

By | September 10th, 2014|

Grower 411: The Idea and Mission Behind the Blueberry Family Health Foundation

We all know the notoriety blueberries have received regarding their health benefits. Blueberries have several other things going for them; kids love them, and they are easy to prepare and eat. Rinse them off and pop them in your mouth. No peel or pit, just sweet (Fresh From Florida) deliciousness. […]

By | September 3rd, 2014|

Rust Never Sleeps

Methods and Techniques for Managing Rust on the Farm My my hey hey, Blueberry rust is here to stay, Is it better to burn it out, or let it fade away, my my hey hey… Ok, that’s not how the song went was it? “Rust never sleeps” is also a phrase familiar to the vintage auto enthusiasts among us. Rust can rot out fenders and frame rails of cherished cars from the inside-out. I won’t name any marques known for this… but if you own one, you know who you are, and you worry about what part of your car is rusting away at any given time! […]

By | August 27th, 2014|

Crop Insurance

Dear Grower and FBGA member, Your assistance is needed to hep us get Blueberry crop insurance coverage. The Florida Blueberry Growers Association has requested the USDA Risk Management Agency to expand the blueberry crop insurance [...]

By | August 25th, 2014|

Farm Credit/Ag Institute Candidates Forum

Farm Credit and the Agriculture Institute of Florida wish to invite you to the Tenth Quadrennial Farm Credit/Ag Institute Candidates Forum on Thursday September 25, 2014 at 11:30 am at the Orange County Convention Center in Orlando. [...]

By | August 20th, 2014|

The Perfect Storm

Revenue plans can insure the Perfect Storm? No one could have predicted this year’s harvest season. It was the “perfect storm.” Many factors seemed to all converge at one time. Florida berries were about three weeks late. Pricing was low in reaction to a possible flooded market. On top of all this, at the height of the harvest, many farms experienced three days of heavy rains. How do you insure against all this? […]

By | August 20th, 2014|

Event Highlight: Celebrating the Blue’s Harvest

Fifty Thousand Blueberry Festival enthusiasts gathered for the 3rd Annual Florida Blueberry Festival, presented by the Florida Blueberry Growers Association, City of Brooksville, the Brooksville Vision Foundation, and Hernando County Tourist Development. […]

By | August 13th, 2014|

Summer Blueberry Care

Encouraging Strong, Healthy Vegetative Growth With harvest and summer pruning completed the emphasis this summer is on encouraging strong, healthy vegetative growth, which will contain most of the flower buds for next year’s crop. Irrigation is one of several management practices that are critical for obtaining optimum summer growth. […]

By | August 6th, 2014|

The ‘how’ and ‘why’ of the Florida Blueberry Acreage Survey

FBGA and the UF/IFAS Extension Partner to Launch a New Study for the Benefit of Growers Blueberries have become a very significant fruit crop in Florida over the past 20 years.  Growers know the significant costs associated with establishment, production, and harvest of this crop.  It is vital that Florida blueberry producers have all the risk management tools available, such as crop insurance, to protect their investments. […]

By | July 30th, 2014|

President's Letter: Investigating How We Can Better Forecast Our Crop

Well, another season is behind us.  The bushes are trimmed and we are into our summer spray and maintenance programs.  We have also had a chance to look at the numbers for this season and the results for most was somewhat disappointing. […]

By | July 23rd, 2014|
Load More Posts