Blueberries

MSU tips for better blueberry weed control

Blueberry growers have several long-residual herbicides available for use in first-year and established plantings. Complete weed control is critical the first year to ensure high survival rates and quick establishment. Weed competition or herbicide injury... more »

Rain-resistant coating cuts cherry cracking in half

A tissue-thin, food-grade film developed at Oregon State University (OSU) acts like a raincoat for sweet cherries, cutting rain-related cracking of the fruit in half and potentially saving a whole season’s crop.The stretchy spray-on biofilm,... more »

MSU publishes Michigan regional fruit reports

Here are Michigan's regional fruit reports for April 7, courtesy of Michigan State University Extension.West MichiganWeather. A bit similar to 2014, spring is slow to arrive in 2015. Fruit growers tend to be pleased with... more »

Georgia blueberry growers approve assessment

Georgia blueberry growers agreed to continue the assessment on blueberries grown in Georgia during a recent referendum, held Jan. 21 through Feb. 20.The blueberry marketing order passed with 77.45 percent of eligible grower ballots cast... more »

Weekly IPM meetings start in SW Michigan

Weekly Monday fruit integrated pest management (IPM) meetings are held for fruit growers in southwest Michigan every Monday in April (starting April 13) through the end of June.Michigan State University Extension fruit educators Mark Longstroth,... more »

Strategies take shape for managing birds in orchards

After a major research study to determine the economic consequences of bird damage in fruit crops confirmed millions of dollars in damage in three major regions of the country, the focus is turning toward finding... more »

Talkin’ Shop: Climate change

Fruit Growers News recently asked its readers: How are you adapting to the changing climate? Some of the responses appeared on Page 47 of the April issue. The full list of responses is below. In... more »

Georgia blueberries impacted by deep freezes

Early blueberry varieties felt the chill of deep freezes during January and February, according to University of Georgia (UGA) blueberry specialist Erick Smith.“I do know that the flowers that were open during the freezes, especially... more »


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