Innovative harvesting system could be a game-changer for blueberry industry

In Oregon – part of the best blueberry growing region in the world – it’s expensive for pickers to hand-harvest the delicate fruit for fresh market. New harvesting technology developed by Wei Qiang Yang, associate... more »

MSU to study effectiveness, cost of blueberry pest management strategies

A team of researchers from Michigan State University has received a $325,000 grant from the U.S. Department of Agriculture’s National Institute of Food and Agriculture to examine the effectiveness and cost of new blueberry pest... more »

Fertilizing blueberries is the key to high yields

There will be a 5-hour session devoted exclusively to blueberry fertilization as part of the 9th International Highbush Blueberry Conference organized this year online. Soil preparation, soil cultivation, plant and soil analysis, nutrient preparation and... more »

Blueberry council seeks nominations for regional, alternate positions

The U.S. Highbush Blueberry Council is seeking nominees to fill regional member and alternate positions. Potential nominees are required to complete a USHBC nomination application and forward their application to the USHBC office no later... more »

USITC: Imported blueberries have not caused serious injury to domestic industry

The U.S. International Trade Commission determined Feb. 11 that fresh, chilled, or frozen blueberries are not being imported into the United States in such increased quantities as to be a substantial cause of serious injury,... more »

Industry groups, elected officials stand with American blueberry growers

A broad coalition of industry groups, elected officials, and state agricultural leaders – including U.S. Sens. Debbie Stabenow and Gary Peters of Michigan – are standing up to defend the interests of American blueberry growers by submitting letters of support for... more »

Oregon State entomologists develop organic product to control SWD

The invasive spotted wing drosophila first arrived in Oregon in 2009. While its fruit fly cousins lay their eggs in overripe fruit, this insect lays eggs in berries, cherries and other soft fruits as they... more »

Registration open for NABC/USHBC Spring Conference & Meetings set for March 16-9

Registration is now open for the free North American Blueberry Conference/U.S. Highbush Blueberry Council Spring Conference & Meetings, March 16-19. According to a news release, during this virtual event, attendees can participate in educational sessions,... more »

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FGN February 2021

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