Blueberries

Georgia-grown berries are full of healthy antioxidants

Summer means bountiful baskets of blue and red berries in fields and home gardens. Blueberries and strawberries are synonymous with backyard barbecues, vacations and pick-your-own adventures. More importantly, their high level of cancer-fighting antioxidants makes... more »

Promotional strategy delivers ‘exceptional’ results for USHBC

The blueberry industry’s first year-long consumer advertising campaign is off to a "Positively Bluetiful" start for the Folsom, California-based U.S. Highbush Blueberry Council (USHBC), with results significantly exceeding expectations in the first six months. According to... more »

New Jersey ag chief highlights Jersey Fresh blueberries

New Jersey Secretary of Agriculture Douglas H. Fisher on July 12 highlighted National Blueberry Month with a visit to Macrie Brothers Blueberry Farm. Secretary Fisher and state and local officials viewed the packing of Jersey... more »

New blueberry varieties gain strong reception 

Two new high-chill blueberry varieties, MegasBlue and Titanium, have gained a strong reception from triallists and nurseries upon their launch into Europe. Both varieties are being commercialised by Global Plant Genetics, international developers in Intellectual... more »

Wish Farms’ expansion of Michigan blueberry program underway

Plant City, Florida-based Wish Farms, the year-round berry marketer, is pleased to announce it has expanded its relationship with Michigan grower, Leduc Blueberries. The expansion marks a projected increase of about 30 percent over last... more »

Michigan’s 2017 fruit crop down from 2016

Fruit production in Michigan for 2017 was down from 2016 for all major fruits, according to Marlo Johnson, Director of the USDA, NASS, Great Lakes Regional Office. Michigan apple production was 840 million pounds, down... more »

Export Blues: North American growers face challenges in European market

North American blueberry growers will have to try new techniques and meet the highest quality standards if they hope to expand to Europe. Internationally, Europe is an expanding market... more »

Spotted wing drosophila catches rise sharply in southwest Michigan

Last week we reported that 2018 has been slow to start compared with last season in terms of spotted wing drosophila (SWD) caught in traps. This week, our network of MSU monitoring traps have detected a... more »


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