2018 Spring Blueberry Field Day Agenda

The 2018 Spring Blueberry Field Day will be held at the UF IFAS Plant Science Research and Education Center located at 2556 West Highway 318 Citra, FL 32113. Click here to download the Field Day Agenda (PDF) [...]

By | February 21st, 2018|

Special thanks to our Spring Field Day sponsors

Platinum: Farm Credit Gold: Harrells Silver: Lochloosa Lake Farms             Island Grove Ag Products             Elixson Wood Products             WECO       [...]

By | February 21st, 2018|

Update: from Janet Wright, Public Affairs/Outreach Coordinator USDA-Farm Service Agency

Hello, When hurricanes Harvey, Irma and Maria made landfall, USDA agencies, along with other intergovernmental, groups, worked together to provide assistance to the impacted areas. I’ve attached a feature story highlighting efforts made by USDA [...]

By | February 21st, 2018|

Florida Blueberry Growers Association Spring 2018 Field Day

The Florida Blueberry Growers Association SPRING FIELD DAY will be held Wednesday, March 7th, 2018 at the University of Florida-IFAS Plant Science Research and Education Unit from 8:30 am to 2:00 pm in Citra, FL.  The day will consist of [...]

By | February 5th, 2018|

Florida Blueberry Growers Association Spring Field Day – Save the Date

Spring Field Day – Save the Date Date: March 7th 2018 Location: UF IFAS Citra Facility 2556 West Highway 318, Citra, Florida 32113 Agenda will include: Experimental variety block with Dr. Patricio Munoz Nitrogen fertilizer study [...]

By | January 15th, 2018|

Do Rootstocks Have a Place in Commercial Blueberry Production?

Ongoing research in our program is evaluating the potential use of sparkleberry (Vaccinium arboreum) as a rootstock for southern highbush blueberry (SHB). Blueberry plants are shallow-rooted and require soils with low pH and high organic [...]

By | January 15th, 2018|

Around the Corner

Getting Ahead with these Spring Weed Management Reminders Weeds compete with blueberry for water and nutrients, which inhibits bush growth and yield. Weed control options include preventative, mechanical, and chemical weed control options. A proper [...]

By | January 15th, 2018|

Winter Weather Outlook and Blueberry Freeze Protection

Considering the Forecast, Field Conditions, Passive Freeze Protection, and Proper Irrigation System Operation CLIMATE OUTLOOK Over the past several blueberry seasons, growers have begun utilizing climatology for determining the overall weather trends they can expect [...]

By | January 15th, 2018|

Chilling Hours or Chilling Portions?

Chilling hours are how we usually measure the amount of cold a plant experiences to overcome dormancy. In our variable climate chilling portions may be a better way to measure this because it accounts for [...]

By | December 18th, 2017|

Reducing Soil pH in a Blueberry Field

Ever wondered if you should incorporate sulfur into the soil preplant or just use acidified water? Research shows preplant is a lot easier, but acidified water works on established plantings with a pH problem.  Read [...]

By | December 18th, 2017|

Blueberry Fertilizer and Irrigation Management Field Day

Blueberry Fertilizer and Irrigation Management Field Day will be held February 21, 9 a.m. Spring Valley Farm, Umatilla.  The event is hosted by by UF/IFAS Extension, Lake County Click Here to Register 

By | December 18th, 2017|

Blueberry Mites Causing a Problem?

By Oscar Liburd and Zulaikha Mazlan Several mite species have been reported to be important pests of blueberry in Florida. These include the blueberry bud mite Acalitus vaccinii Keifer, southern red mite Oligonychus ilicis (McGregor) and twospotted [...]

By | December 18th, 2017|
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