How Many Hives Are Best for Florida Blueberries?

Karla Arboleda Berries, Pollinators, Research, Top Posts

By Karla Arboleda University of Florida (UF) researchers are working to establish honeybee hive recommendations specific to Florida blueberries. Right now, Florida blueberry growers rely on honeybee hive recommendations from research based in other states. Rachel Mallinger, an assistant professor in entomology at UF and part of the research team, said the amount of honeybees available to pollinate blueberries is …

Evaluating Methods to Reduce Runoff in Blueberry Beds

Karla Arboleda Berries, Georgia, Top Posts, Water

By Gary L. Hawkins Water and nutrients are needed items for plant growth, and blueberries are no different. However, when nutrients leach below the root zone that is a loss for the farmer. Where water tables are high and farmers use subsurface tile drains to remove excess water, mobile nutrients such as nitrogen in the form of nitrate can cause …

Managing Pests in Florida Blueberries

Karla Arboleda Berries, Florida, Pests, Top Posts

By Karla Arboleda Researchers at the University of Florida Institute of Food and Agricultural Sciences (UF/IFAS) are working on techniques for managing pests in Florida blueberries. Both blueberry gall midge and chilli thrips are problematic for several blueberry varieties. Oscar Liburd, a professor of entomology at UF/IFAS, shared findings from the past season on managing pests. PEST ACTIVITY AND IDENTIFICATION …

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2019 Florida Blueberry Season Sees Success

Karla Arboleda Berries, Florida, Top Posts

By Karla Arboleda Florida blueberry growers had a successful year in terms of numbers for 2019. According to data from the University of Florida Institute of Food and Agricultural Sciences (UF/IFAS) and the Florida Blueberry Growers Association (FBGA), blueberry-growing operations have increased in acreage. Doug Phillips, blueberry Extension coordinator for UF/IFAS, said he surveyed growers to learn more about how …

New Clemson Extension Agent Specializes in Small Fruit

Karla Arboleda Berries, South Carolina, Top Posts

By Karla Arboleda A new Extension agent at Clemson University will focus on production conditions that are ideal for small fruit. Bruce McLean, a commercial horticulture agent at the Pee Dee Research and Education Center (PDREC), previously worked with small fruits for six years at North Carolina State University Extension. GRAPES AND BERRIES McLean began his work with small fruits …

Florida Blueberry Growers Association Updates

Karla Arboleda Berries, Florida, Top Posts

By Karla Arboleda On Oct. 25, the Florida Blueberry Growers Association (FBGA) hosted its annual short course and trade show. Researchers and growers joined the FBGA in sharing blueberry industry news. HALL OF FAME In addition to hosting a platform for updates in the Florida blueberry industry, the FBGA announced the first members of the new Florida Blueberry Hall of …

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Alicia Adler Joins NABC, USHBC as Vice President

Dan Cooper Berries, Industry News Release

Resume Includes Securing Over $10 Million in Grant Funds for Specialty Crops (NABC) — Alicia Adler, an experienced grant writing and marketing executive who’s secured over $10 million in state and federal grant funds for U.S. specialty crops, has joined the North American Blueberry Council (NABC) and the U.S. Highbush Blueberry Council (USHBC) as vice president. Adler brings a wealth …

Blueberry Grower Considerations for Fall and Winter

Abbey Taylor Berries, Research, VSCNews magazine

By Jeff Williamson As winter approaches, blueberry plants respond to the changing environment in ways that should be addressed through management practices. Shorter days and cooler nights are environmental cues that stimulate changes in blueberry plant growth and development, such as terminal bud set and the cessation of shoot extension growth, the initiation and development of flower buds, the onset …