How to Deal with Blueberries in Summer

Karla Arboleda Berries, Pests, Research, Top Posts

By Karla Arboleda Summer weather is in full swing in affecting Florida crops, and blueberries are no exception. During the summer, algal stem blotch can dominate blueberry fields if not handled quickly and properly. Doug Phillips, blueberry Extension coordinator for the University of Florida Institute of Food and Agricultural Sciences, explains the important steps to take. “In the summer when …

Dealing with Blueberry Diseases

Karla Arboleda Berries, Pests, Top Posts, Uncategorized

By Karla Arboleda Blueberry growers in Georgia may have to manage new and unwanted effects on their fruit when dealing with diseases. Jonathan Oliver, the small fruit pathologist and Extension specialist at University of Georgia, discussed the best way to treat Exobasidium leaf and fruit spot of blueberry with lime sulfur. Applications of lime sulfur during the dormant period have …

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Georgia Congressman Relieved Disaster Package Passed

Abbey Taylor Berries, Georgia, Legislative, Top Posts, Weather

Disaster-aid legislation has now been signed into law by President Trump. The bill includes $19.1 billion for areas that suffered from natural disasters, including southwest Georgia, southern Alabama and Florida’s Panhandle, which saw major destruction following Hurricane Michael. While passing the aid for farmers impacted by Hurricane Michael is already a huge win, Congressman Buddy Carter (GA-1) is also pleased …

Beetle Borer in Blueberries

Abbey Taylor Berries, Pests, Top Posts, VSCNews magazine

By Janine Spies Since 2014, several Florida blueberry growers have reported seeing tunneling or girdling on the canes of their blueberry bushes. Oscar Liburd at the University of Florida has been investigating the source of the damage in blueberries along with his graduate students Lindsy Iglesias and Krystal Ashman in the Fruit and Vegetable IPM Laboratory. In the summer of …

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The Buzz on Blueberry Pollinators

Abbey Taylor Berries, Pollinators, Top Posts, VSCNews magazine

Although blueberry growers spend much of their time and money keeping insects away, there are certain insects that are critical for their crop’s survival. Those insects are pollinators, bees in particular. If there are low populations of pollinators in the field, growers will eventually start to notice the repercussions. Rachel Mallinger, assistant professor in the University of Florida Entomology and …

Address Plant Stress to Manage Stem Blight

Abbey Taylor Berries, Top Posts

By Ernie Neff Stem blight is a problem for Florida blueberry growers “because our production is so intensive and subjects our plants to plant stress,” University of Florida Institute of Food and Agricultural Sciences Extension plant pathologist Phil Harmon said recently. Those stresses include “drought stress and physiological stresses that can’t be avoided due to the nature of our production,” …

Blueberry Event Gives Growers Hands-On Experience

Abbey Taylor Berries, Top Posts

By Alison DeLoach Pests and diseases are always top of mind for blueberry growers. To help growers better understand how to identify these issues, Juanita Popenoe, a University of Florida (UF) commercial fruit production Extension agent for Orange, Lake and Marion counties, hosted a hands-on event at the Lake County Extension center in Tavares. Blueberry growers had the opportunity to …

U.S. Blueberries Gain Traction in India

Abbey Taylor Berries, Business, Top Posts

U.S. blueberries have gone global, making a splash in India at a Blueberry Cocktail event. Donald Van De Werken, proprietor at JD Farms, said the event was a huge success. According to a report from Bollywood Town, Glocal Junction, Andheri, a new-age dining and bar concept incorporating global and local elements, hosted the event. Food and drinks made with U.S. …