Uncertainty Surrounding Hurricane Damage to Florida Blueberries

Abigail Taylor Berries, Legislative, Top Posts, Weather

Dudley Calfee, president of the Florida Blueberry Growers Association, spoke about blueberry damage from Hurricane Irma at the Senate Agriculture Committee meeting Oct. 12 in Tallahassee. The meeting was among many as the Florida Legislature prepares for the 2018 legislative session. At the meeting, two sets of panels filled with Florida growers and cattlemen described…

Update on Bacterial Wilt in Florida Blueberries

Abigail Taylor Berries, Research, Top Posts

Bacterial wilt is a relatively new disease that was found in Florida blueberries in 2016. Since its discovery, the University of Florida Institute of Food and Agricultural Sciences (UF/IFAS) has been studying the pathogen to learn more about its behaviors and methods for management. Phil Harmon, a professor in the Plant Pathology Department at the…

UF/IFAS Hosts Successful Fruit Grower Day

Abigail Taylor Berries, Research, Top Posts

On September 28, University of Florida Institute of Food and Agricultural Sciences (UF/IFAS) held its 2017 Central Florida Fruit Grower Day in Tavares. The event featured talks from top UF/IFAS researchers as well as presentations about property appraisal and the policies growers need to know. The event started with a focus on blueberries in the…

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Pasco Extension Goes Above and Beyond for Hurricane Victims

Abigail Taylor Berries, Top Posts

Frogmore Fresh Farms, located in Dade City, Florida, suffered damage due to Hurricane Irma. Once the storm passed, Leonard Park, general manager at Frogmore Fresh, realized nearly 100,000 blueberry trees had blown over. Whitney Elmore, Pasco County Extension director and urban horticulture agent with the University of Florida (UF), began making calls the day after…

Georgia Blueberry Growers Face Disease Issue

Abigail Taylor Berries, Top Posts

The Georgia blueberry industry is currently learning to manage a disease that has become a larger problem to growers over the past few years. Harald Scherm, head of the Department of Plant Pathology at the University of Georgia, says Exobasidium leaf and fruit spot, caused by the yeast-like fungal plant pathogen Exobasidium maculosum, has recently…

UF/IFAS to Help Replant 100,000 Blueberry Bushes Downed by Hurricane Irma

Abigail Taylor Berries, Industry News Release, Weather

Hurricane Irma downed approximately 100,000 blueberry bushes at Frogmore Fresh Farm, a 125-acre blueberry farm in Pasco County. If these plants are not re-staked and reestablished, they will die, a significant loss for the grower and the Florida blueberry industry. Searching for a solution, Whitney Elmore, UF/IFAS Extension Pasco County director, worked through the UF/IFAS…

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…