New Varieties Sweeten the Strawberry Season

Abbey Taylor Berries, Strawberry, Top Posts

By next season, Florida strawberry growers will have two new varieties from which to choose. Vance Whitaker, an associate professor and strawberry breeder at the University of Florida Gulf Coast Research and Education Center, spoke about the Florida Beauty and Florida Brilliance varieties to growers during the recent Agritech Trade Show in Plant City, Florida.…

Florida & Georgia Blueberry Growers Call On To Be Considered in NAFTA Negotiations

Abbey Taylor Berries, Industry News Release, Legislative, NAFTA, Top Posts

Brooksville, FL  – Today, the Florida Blueberry Growers Association (FBGA) and Georgia Blueberry Growers Association (GBGA) sent a joint letter to their Congressmen asking that provisions to protect the blueberry industry of Florida and Georiga be included in North American Free Trade Agreement negotiations (NAFTA).  “The Florida & Georgia Blueberry industries have experienced growth and stability…

Concern Looms Over Georgia Blueberries

Abbey Taylor Berries, Pollinators, Top Posts

Despite some crop loss due to frost damage, it looks like Georgia blueberries will have a good season. However, Georgia Commissioner of Agriculture Gary Black says there is something else to be concerned about regarding Georgia’s blueberry crop. “I’ve learned that blueberry has a real problem with pollination,” he says. According to Black, Georgia experienced…

Blueberry Variety Update

Abbey Taylor Berries, Research, Top Posts

The University of Florida’s (UF) blueberry breeding program has been bringing growers new varieties for over 40 years. Patricio Munoz, assistant professor at UF and head of the blueberry breeding program, recently highlighted two varieties released in 2016, Keecrisp and Patrecia. According to Munoz, Keecrisp is a very crisp variety, hence the name. This variety…

Florida Blueberry Growers Report Crop Loss Due to Gall Midge

Abbey Taylor Berries, Pests, Top Posts

Update: The FBGA sent another email on March 30 with some survey results. This is what it reported: "Approximately a third of the state’s acreage has responded to our survey, 95% of which are reporting damage at some level. Over two-thirds of the acreage are reporting more than 20% crop loss (many of which indicated…

Pest Issues for Florida Berry Growers

Abbey Taylor Berries, Research, Top Posts

By Jaci Schreckengost Many Florida strawberry and blueberry growers face similar challenges when managing mites and insects. Chilli thrips affect strawberries by feeding on the foliage and fruit of the crop. The pest affects blueberries by feeding on new growth in the spring and summer. Chilli thrips are relatively new to Florida growers, said Justin…