Grower-Focused Goals for UF Blueberry Breeding Program

Jaci Schreckengost Berries, Top Posts

Two of the most efficient ways to help growers through breeding are to reduce production costs and increase yield, says Patricio Munoz, an assistant professor of blueberry breeding at the University of Florida (UF). To help reduce the cost of blueberry production, Munoz says breeders want to develop cultivars that are resistant to pests and…

New Techniques for Blueberry Breeding

Jaci Schreckengost Berries, Top Posts

Patricio Munoz, assistant professor of blueberry breeding at the University of Florida, says researchers are trying to find new ways to go about the blueberry breeding process. The traditional blueberry breeding process can easily take 15 years, Munoz says. He believes finding new ways to shorten this process benefits everyone, including producers and consumers. By…

Strawberry Breeding to Address Grower Challenges

Abigail Taylor Berries, Strawberry, Top Posts

Labor availability is decreasing while competition from imports is increasing for strawberry growers in Florida, says Vance Whitaker, associate professor and director of the strawberry breeding and genetics program at the University of Florida. Whitaker says Mexico's strawberry production has increased in the last five years, creating a challenge for Florida growers. “For labor, one…

Blueberry Festival Raises Nearly $25,000 for Non-Profits

Abigail Taylor Berries, Top Posts

Contact: Bill Coats, RCMA Director of Communications, (813) 376-8149; bill@rcma.org. UMATILLA – The seventh annual Blueberry Gleaning Festival at Spring Valley Farms raised nearly $25,000 for Redlands Christian Migrant Association (RCMA) and Ocala’s FreeD.O.M. Clinic. The festival on May 21 drew more than 500 guests to the rolling hills of Umatilla to pick their own…

Overwintering Damages Georgia Peach and Blueberry Crops

Abigail Taylor Berries, Peaches, Top Posts

Georgia peaches and blueberries are starting to show signs of the lack of cold weather this past winter. Phillip Brannen, University of Georgia Cooperative Extension fruit plant pathologist, says that rust in peaches and blueberries will be more likely this year. "We just didn't have enough frost to take off the leaves," Brannen says. "Leaves…

Georgia Not Overly Concerned About Bacterial Wilt in Blueberries

Kelsey Fry Berries, Fruit, Top Posts

University of Florida Institute of Food and Agricultural Sciences (UF/IFAS) scientists have been conducting research on bacterial wilt of southern highbush blueberry caused by Ralstonia solanacearum. Phillip Harmon, a professor in the Plant Pathology Department at the University of Florida, is leading the study. According to the UF/IFAS Extension Electronic Data Information Source, bacterial wilt is…

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Increased blueberry volumes from Naturipe

Dan Cooper Berries, Industry News Release

Ideal growing conditions are on the rise throughout the United States and Naturipe Farms has promotable blueberry volumes available which is meeting increased consumer consumption trends and offers promotion opportunities at retail. With earlier harvests this year, “We are now seeing optimal quality and production from Florida & Georgia,” says Mario Flores, Director of Blueberry…