Blueberries

Highbush blueberries require pollination

Northern highbush blueberries are common throughout the northern United States and Canada, and are native to eastern North America. They require pollination to ensure that flowers present at bloom turn into large, harvestable berries later in... more »

Michigan growers adopt reduced-risk pesticide practices

The Integrated Crop Pollination Project has released a summary report from its 2015 survey of Michigan blueberry growers’ pollination practices. The survey of 240 blueberry growers delved into growers’ goals for pollination management, networks of information sources about pollination, and... more »

Fall Creek names Verges International COO

Fall Creek Farm & Nursery has named Oscar Verges as international chief operations officer. In his new role at Fall Creek, Verges will be responsible for Fall Creek’s international subsidiaries including Europe, Mexico and Peru... more »

Mummy berry germinates in Michigan blueberries

Mummy berry is caused by the fungus Monilinia vaccinii-corymbosi and is characterized by blighting of young shoots, which are referred to as “shoot strikes.” Fruit infection leads to the shriveling and mummification of berries, hence... more »

Miticide options for controlling mites in fruit

Mites can be significant pests of fruit crops. There are many miticides available for control of European red mites (ERM), twospotted spider mites (TSSM), cyclamen mites (CM) and rust mites (RM), as well as apple... more »

Engineers work on better blueberry picker

Industrial engineers from Penn State are part of a nine-university, four-year, $4.75 million collaborative research project funded by the U.S. Department of Agriculture (USDA) focused on increasing the efficiency of blueberry production in the United... more »

USDA to buy Maine wild blueberries

USDA has agreed to purchase 30 million pounds of wild blueberries from Maine blueberry growers, The Associated Press reports. The Wild Blueberry Commission of Maine... more »

SWD survey seeks grower responses

A new survey is seeking responses from growers regarding spotted wing drosophila (SWD) management. The survey is part of the "Sustainable Spotted Wind Dosophila Management for U.S. Fruit Crops" project, funded by the USDA National... more »

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