Blueberries

Four irrigation system options for blueberry fields

The best type of irrigation approach for blueberry fields depends on what the grower wants from the irrigation system. Mark Longstroth, Michigan State University (MSU) Extension small fruit educator, presented tips for effective irrigation of... more »

Blueberry irrigators look for exact combinations

If it’s not wet, there’s not much fruit that you will get. That could serve as the mantra of Mark Longstroth, Michigan State University (MSU) Extension small fruit educator, who presented tips for effective irrigation... more »

With accommodations, Oregon U-pick farms are opening for business

As berries begin to ripen, many of us anticipate the fresh sweetness of Oregon grown fruit and the opportunity to pick-our-own at local farms. Perhaps this year, even more than most, we are looking forward... more »

Twig blossom blights in Michigan blueberries need attention

We are three weeks past the May 9, 2020, freeze that hit southwest Michigan. Growers have been evaluating flowers for freeze injury. Besides damage to blossoms, we see dead shoot tips and damage to the tips of... more »

Blueberry growers need to focus on anthracnose fruit rot as bloom ends

Early in the season, blueberry growers focus on controlling mummy berry shoot blight. During early bloom, the focus shifts to controlling the blossom infection phase of mummy berry. Mummy berry blossom sprays target blooms soon after they open to... more »

Ranier Fruit Co. anticipating Bee Better certification for organic blueberries

As summer approaches, and the upcoming Washington blueberry season nears first pick, Selah, Washington-based Rainier Fruit Co. announced its 100% organic blueberry operation is on track to earn the title of Bee Better Certified in... more »

Mississippi blueberry growers expect high quality, average yield

The COVID-19 pandemic presented a new obstacle for Mississippi blueberry growers in 2020, impacting the labor force for the early-season varieties. “A lot of growers are working through how to deal with harvest, packing and... more »

Hot weather causing rapid blueberry bloom in Michigan

The Memorial Day weekend was hot across Michigan, with temperatures up to 85 degrees Fahrenheit. This hot weather will continue for the next week, making this blueberry bloom season unusually warm. Extreme spring weather is... more »


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