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…

Blueberry Consumption Set to Continue Climbing

Abigail Taylor Berries, Top Posts

From the U.S. Highbush Blueberry Council  Folsom, Calif. April 10, 2017 – With global blueberry production up 40 percent 2012-2016 and projected to reach 1.45 billion lbs. in 20171, the U.S. Highbush Blueberry Council (USHBC) is focused on driving demand upward on the same trajectory. U.S. per capita blueberry consumption grew 599 percent from 1994-2014…

Freeze Gets Best of Georgia Blueberries

Kelsey Fry Berries, Top Posts

  The Georgia blueberry industry is facing a pretty tough situation this season. The late freeze that occurred March 15–16 impacted the crops severely. Temperatures were reported as low as 22 degrees as far south as the Florida line. Add in a very warm winter to the mix, and it creates one hectic season for…

Bumblebees Boost Blueberry Yield

Kelsey Fry Berries, Top Posts

By: Brad Buck, 352-294-3303, bradbuck@ufl.edu GAINESVILLE, Fla. --- Bumblebees can boost blueberry yield by 70 percent, good news for Florida growers in the heart of their blueberry season, a University of Florida Institute of Food and Agricultural Sciences study shows. The news also accentuates the need for blueberry pollinators, said Joshua Campbell, a post-doctoral researcher…