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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 [...]

By | April 7th, 2017|Blueberry News Blog|Comments Off on Florida Blueberry Festival Preview

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 [...]

By | April 7th, 2017|Blueberry News Blog|Comments Off on Waste Not Want Not

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 [...]

By | April 7th, 2017|Blueberry News Blog|Comments Off on Pollinator Protection

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 [...]

By | April 7th, 2017|Blueberry News Blog|Comments Off on Weather, Timing, Hard Work, and Luck

Update on Blueberry Grafting Research in Florida

Making Headway on Studies of Sparkleberry-Grafted Blueberry Plant Varieties The following is an update of a long-term research project designed to evaluate the potential use of sparkleberry (Vaccinium arboreum) as a rootstock for southern highbush [...]

By | April 7th, 2017|Blueberry News Blog|Comments Off on Update on Blueberry Grafting Research in Florida

Ripe for the Picking

This edition of the Blueberry News will publish as harvest time is really getting kicked into high gear. While the last few months of 2016 did not give our crops as many chill hours as [...]

By | April 7th, 2017|Blueberry News Blog|Comments Off on Ripe for the Picking

Important Message for FBGA Members Regarding Fresh From Florida Funding

FBBGA Members: There are rumblings in Tallahassee that some of OUR representatives are trying to gut the Fresh From Florida program. As you know, Fresh From Florida helps promote our blueberries throughout the country and [...]

By | March 30th, 2017|Announcements|Comments Off on Important Message for FBGA Members Regarding Fresh From Florida Funding

Proper irrigation of Florida blueberry crops

Effective methods for Florida’s soil type and blueberry root systems PROPER IRRIGATION is essential for maximizing fruit yield and minimizing drought stress of southern highbush blueberry plants grown in Florida. Drought stress can reduce berry [...]

By | January 5th, 2017|Blueberry News Blog|0 Comments

Grower 411: The winter freeze checklist

VIRTUALLY ALL blueberry fields in Florida are subject to late winter or early spring freezes, which can cause serious reductions in yield. Below is a list of activities for freeze preparation. The list was originally [...]

By | January 5th, 2017|Blueberry News Blog|0 Comments
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