Thursday, October 26, 2017
Hillsborough Community College – Plant City Campus
John R. Trinkle Center
1206 North Park Rd.
Plant City, FL 33563

8:00 a.m. Registration – visit Trade Show

9:00 a.m. Welcome and opening remarks – Dr. Martyn R. Clay, Campus President, Hillsborough Community College, Plant City, FL.

9:10 a.m. Update on blueberry cultivars for Florida – Dr. Patricio Munoz, blueberry breeder, Horticultural Sciences Department, IFAS, University of Florida, Gainesville, FL.

9:40 a.m. Update on bacterial wilt and other diseases in Florida blueberries – Dr. Phil Harmon, plant pathologist, Plant Pathology department, IFAS, University of Florida, Gainesville, FL.

10:10 a.m. Program Sponsor – Ms. Regina Thomas, Farm Credit.

10:20 a.m. Pruning and training blueberry plants for machine harvesting – Mr. Bill Cline, plant pathologist, North Carolina State University, Castle Hayne, NC.

10:45 a.m. Machine harvesting blueberries for fresh markets: Experiences and lessons learned in North Carolina – Mr. Bill Cline, plant pathologist, North Carolina State University, Castle Hayne, NC.

11:10 a.m. Mechanical harvesting methods for improving fresh quality of blueberries – Dr. Fumi Takeda, research horticulturist and lead scientist, Appalachian Fruit Research Station, USDA-ARS, Kearneysville, WV.

11:45 a.m. Program sponsor – Mr. Scott Korthuis, Oxbo International Corp.

11:50 a.m. Program Sponsor – Fresh Harvesting – Mr. Michael Williamson, A&B Packing Equipment, Inc.

11:55 p.m. Business Meeting – Mr. Dudley Calfee, FBGA President, presiding.

12:10 p.m. Lunch – Visit the Trade Show

1:30 p.m. Legislative Update – Mr. Shawn Foster, Sunrise Consulting Group, New Port Richey, FL.

1:40 p.m. Program Sponsor – Rapid disease detection in blueberries – Mr. Ted Olsen, PathSensors.

1:45 p.m. The blueberry/strawberry system to improve management of gray mold and ripe rot – Dr. Natalia Peres, plant pathologist, Gulf Coast Research and Education Center, IFAS, University of Florida, Wimauma, FL.

2:05 p.m. Program sponsor – Mr. Mike Waldron, Tradewinds Power Corp.

2:10 p.m. Effect of nitrogen fertilization rates on growth and yield of young ‘Emerald’ and ‘Farthing’ blueberry plants – Dr. Jeff Williamson, Horticultural Sciences Department, IFAS, University of Florida, Gainesville, FL.

2:35 p.m. Adjourn