Blueberry Management: What to Remember for April

Jim Rogers Berries, Florida, Pests

Blueberry harvests are well underway across Florida. University of Florida Institute of Food and Agricultural Sciences (UF/IFAS) experts provide blueberry management tips that growers need to be mindful of in April. Since it is harvest season, farmers need to harvest their crop promptly and cool the ripe fruit. Growers can use the Blueberry Advisory System (BAS) at www.agroclimate.org/BAS, to determine if …

Spanish Version of Blueberry App a Benefit for Florida Industry

Jim Rogers Agri-business, Berries, Technology

By Clint Thompson A new Spanish version of the University of Florida Institute of Food and Agricultural Sciences Blueberry Growers Guide app will benefit a plethora of workers within the industry. Doug Phillips, University of Florida Institute of Food and Agricultural Sciences (UF/IFAS) blueberry Extension coordinator, discusses its importance. “There’s a lot of growers, farm managers, field crew where English …

Blueberry Production in Florida

Jim Rogers Berries, Florida, Research

Florida’s blueberry production, harvest and shipping season is well under way. Doug Phillips, the University of Florida Institute of Food and Agricultural Sciences (UF/IFAS) statewide blueberry Extension coordinator, discusses blueberry production in Florida. Q: In addition to Sentinel, what are some the latest blueberry varieties from UF/IFAS? What makes them interesting to the consumer? How about for the producer? A: …

Blueberry Production: Protect Against Root Rot Disease

Jim Rogers Berries, Georgia, Weather

By Clint Thompson Blueberry growers who utilized overhead freeze protection to protect their crop from the freeze event during the weekend of March 12, need to guard against the development of root rot disease. Growers used overhead irrigation to protect against sub-freezing temperatures. In doing so, however, a large amount of water was utilized, resulting in saturated root zones. This …

What’s Happening: Clemson Extension Agents Provide Crop Updates

Jim Rogers Berries, South Carolina, Strawberry

Clemson Extension agents provide crop updates in The South Carolina Grower this week about the status of various crops being produced throughout the state. Weekly Field Update Coastal Region Rob Last reports, “Starting with strawberries, spider mites are increasing in the area with eggs and adults warranting treatment. Strawberry crops are very susceptible to mite damage at the moment. Remember …

Disease Management Vital for Blueberry Producers Following Freeze

Jim Rogers Berries, Disease, Weather

By Clint Thompson A dire situation could get worse for blueberry growers impacted by the freeze event during the weekend of March 12. The crop is susceptible to potential disease pathogens that require immediate action, says Jonathan Oliver, University of Georgia (UGA) assistant professor and small fruits pathologist. “The blueberries were at green fruit stage for the highbush. If they …

Blueberry Freeze Impact: More Accurate Assessment Expected Next Week

Jim Rogers Berries, Georgia, Weather

By Clint Thompson The impact from last week’s sub-freezing temperatures on Georgia blueberries will not be known until late next week. Jerome Crosby, chairman of the Georgia Blueberry Commission, said more detailed scouting next week should yield an accurate assessment of where the crop stands heading into the upcoming harvest season. “We’re trying to get some numbers together, field scouting …

Blueberry Damage? What to Look for Following Freeze Event

Jim Rogers Alabama, Berries, Weather

Sub-freezing temperatures this past weekend across the Southeast put the region’s blueberry crop at risk for damage. Alabama Extension reminds producers what to look for when surveying their crop for damage symptoms. “To find out if the blueberry flower buds have been damaged by frost you can cut through the bud several hours after a freeze and look for browning …