Battling Blueberry Diseases

Jaci Schreckengost Berries, Top Posts

Predictive systems and preventing new diseases in blueberries were topics Phil Brannen addressed at the 2018 Southeast Regional Fruit and Vegetable Conference in Savannah, Ga., in January. Brannen is a professor and Extension plant pathologist at the University of Georgia. Predictive systems can benefit growers by letting them know when their disease risks are highest…

Georgia Blueberry Industry Optimistic for 2018

Jaci Schreckengost Berries, Top Posts

While chilling hours are still a factor for a successful season for Georgia blueberry growers, industry leaders are staying optimistic about 2018. Brandon Wade, president of the Georgia Blueberry Growers Association, spoke with AgNet Media's Josh McGill in October at the Produce Marketing Association's 2017 Fresh Summit in New Orleans, Louisiana. "If we don't have…

Low-Chill Blueberry Cultivars for Florida

Abbey Taylor Berries, Top Posts

Jeff Williamson, professor in University of Florida’s horticultural sciences department, spoke at the Fruit Crop Management Short Course in November about newer blueberry cultivars and their success in Florida. The three newer varieties Williamson discussed were Arcadia™, Avanti™ and Endura. Arcadia™ is a low-chill cultivar, requiring less than 200 hours of chilling. According to Williamson,…

Research for Managing Nematodes in Strawberry Crops

Jaci Schreckengost Berries, Strawberry, Top Posts

Researchers at the University of Florida's Gulf Coast Research and Education Center (GCREC) in Wimauma are testing new ways of managing nematode pests as they continue affecting strawberry crops across the state. Johan Desaeger, a nematologist at GCREC, said strawberry growers have faced issues within the last year with species of nematodes that are lesser…

Blackberry Possibilities in the Southeast

Jaci Schreckengost Berries, Top Posts

Research on new varieties and production techniques is aimed at helping blackberry growers improve their crops. The primocane-fruiting variety of blackberry is being researched as a possibility for Florida growers, said Christopher Vincent, assistant professor of horticultural sciences at the University of Florida Institute of Food and Agricultural Sciences Citrus Research and Education Center in…

Mechanized Harvesting Brings Challenges for Blueberry Growers

Abbey Taylor Berries, Technology, Top Posts

As labor continues to be a challenge for blueberry growers, there has been an increasing interest in machine harvesting in fresh markets. However, what may seem like a quick fix to a large problem has presented difficulties of its own, according to Jeff Williamson, Extension horticulturist with the University of Florida. Traditionally, blueberries are hand…

UF/IFAS CREC Hosts Successful Fruit Crop Management Short Course

Abbey Taylor Berries, Horticulture, Peaches, Top Posts, Tropical Fruit

The University of Florida Institute of Food and Agricultural Sciences (UF/IFAS) Citrus Research and Education Center (CREC) hosted a Fruit Crop Management Short Course this week in Lake Alfred. The two-day short course featured presentations from top southeastern researchers about alternative crops that may have potential in the Southeast. The first day of the event…

Strawberry Grower Discusses Hurricane Irma Damage

Abbey Taylor Berries, Strawberry, Top Posts, Weather

The Senate Agriculture Committee held a meeting on Oct. 12 to discuss damage from Hurricane Irma. Irma hit Florida in the beginning of September, just as many vegetable and specialty crop growers were preparing their fields to plant. The meeting featured two sets of panels in which growers gave testimonies about their damage after the…