Causes and Prevention of Orange Felt in Blackberries

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Phillip Brannen, an Extension plant pathologist with the University of Georgia, recently spoke on the significance of orange cane blotch in blackberries and action to take to control this disease. Orange cane blotch, or orange felt, is an algal disease that mostly affects coastal plain regions of the Southeast. Orange felt occurs in hot and humid environments, making it a …

Identification and Prevention of Orange Rust in Blackberries

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Phillip Brannen, an Extension plant pathologist with the University of Georgia, recently spoke on orange rust in blackberries and a way to prevent it. Orange rust is mostly prevalent in North Carolina. When infected, the leaves on the cane will turn yellow after developing in the spring. The back of the leaves will be covered in orange, pimple-like bumps. Because …

Blueberry Bioprotectant Study Results

Kelsey Fry Berries, Fruit, Research, Top Posts

At the 2017 Southeast Regional Fruit and Vegetable Conference, Erick Smith, the small fruit specialist for southeast Georgia for the University of Georgia (UGA) Tifton campus, presented information on blueberry bioprotectant studies. “I had the opportunity to speak on gibberellic acid and AVG (which is aminoethoxyvinylglycine), the product ReTain, and also ProGibb,” said Smith.“I also talked about BluGuard, which is …

Exobasidium and Rust Management in Blueberries

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Phillip Brannen, an Extension plant pathologist with the University of Georgia, recently discussed exobasidium and rust management in blueberries. Exobasidium is a relatively new fungal disease in blueberries. It will first appear in the spring as light green spots on the leaves. The disease will be evident on the fruit once it changes color. The spots on the fruit will …

Causes and Prevention of Cane Blight Disease in Blackberries

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Phillip Brannen, an Extension plant pathologist with the University of Georgia, recently spoke at the Southeast Regional Fruit and Vegetable Conference on the danger of cane blight on blackberries and action to take to control this disease. Cane blight is one of the main blackberry diseases in the Southeast. This is mostly due to the wet, humid weather conditions in …

UF/IFAS Scientists: Commercially Grown Strawberries Are Not Genetically Engineered

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BALM, Fla., Dec. 14, 2016 — University of Florida Institute of Food and Agricultural Sciences researchers want the public to know that they do not use genetic engineering to breed commercial strawberries; in fact, commercially grown strawberries worldwide do not use such techniques in new variety production at this time. A UF/IFAS strawberry breeder says he’s often asked whether the fruit …

Get Maximum Results from Blueberry Sprayers

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Renee Allen, area blueberry agent with the University of Georgia (UGA) Extension, discussed her recent presentation at the 2016 Fall Blueberry Short Course held in Plant City, Florida. She said her main focus was to speak on the studies she’s conducted on initial identification of issues with spray coverage in south Georgia blueberries. Allen spoke on two main topics during …

Gaining Blueberry Market Knowledge

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At the recent Florida Blueberry Growers Association (FBGA) show, Fresh From Florida announced it has been working with blueberry growers to collect rudimentary data on their operations. The data will be used by the Florida Department of Agriculture and Consumer Services (FDACS) to leverage the support of the U.S. Department of Agriculture to establish a blueberry crop forecasting system in …