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FBGA FALL 2018 MEETING & TRADE SHOW – Tuesday October 30th – REGISTRATION NOW AVAILABLE

We are EXCITED to announce the Florida Blueberry Growers Association Fall 2018 Meeting & Trade Show will be held on Tuesday October 30th at a NEW location, conveniently located off I-75 in Ocala, FL. This [...]

Grower 411: Watch for Algal Stem Blotch As Weather Gets Warmer and Wetter. Provided by: Doug Phillips UF Blueberry Extension Coordinator

Algal stem blotch is a disease caused by a plant-parasitic alga (Cephaleuros virescens) that can infect southern highbush blueberries and has been observed on various cultivars by Florida blueberry growers. The alga is thought [...]

Blueberry Pollination Webinar

To the membership of the Florida Blueberry Growers Association. Please see below from Doug Phillips, University of Florida Blueberry Extension Coordinator. The link below is to a great webinar on pollination of highbush blueberries by [...]

By | July 24th, 2018|Announcements, Blueberry News Blog, Featured|0 Comments

Growers Thoughts: Florida Blueberry 2018 Season Recap

Florida blueberry growers produce more berries this year, despite pollination problems, gall midge and Hurricane Irma. Large blooms held promise for a bumper blueberry crop this year. But environmental problems, including pollination, gall midge and [...]

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US Blueberry Growers Will Have to Look Toward Technology to Compete

It appears that specialty crops – including blueberries – are taking a back seat in the current negotiations over the North American Free Trade Agreement as arguments over tariffs and other higher priority items are [...]

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FARMS Program Great for Growers

Helping Farmers Develop Efficient Water Practices   The FARMS program presented by SWFWMD is a perfect way for blueberry growers to get some much-needed assistance when it comes to instituting new, conservative irrigation techniques. Patricia [...]

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Summer Irrigation of Florida Blueberries

Research on Most Effective Way to Keep Your Blueberries Hydrated A major goal for blueberry growers during the summer months is to produce strong, healthy vegetative growth flushes which will produce most of the fruiting [...]

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Sighting in on a target spot disease management plan

Post-harvest foliage management is important for blueberries produced in both deciduous and evergreen systems in Florida.  Healthy leaves maintained through flower bud differentiation in fall will ensure sufficient carbohydrate (sugar) reserves for uniform, early, berry [...]

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Update on Flatheaded Borers Infesting Blueberry Plantings in Central and North-Central Florida

Beetles vs Blueberries Since 2014, several Florida blueberry growers have reported seeing tunneling or girdling around the canes of their bushes (first report in The Blueberry News, winter 2015). In the summer of 2016, the [...]

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  Growers: The most recent extension article on SWD management for organic production can be found at the link below.  The  article is a summary of research findings from a national USDA organic research grant. [...]

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