Blueberries

Kelp-based fertilizer Afrikelp aids in managing heat stress

The record-breaking heat this summer has focused attention on measures to stay cool and safe, especially for those who work outside in agriculture and other industries. Heat can also adversely affect the crops those workers... more »

New York blueberries fare ‘surprisingly well,’ despite freeze, drought

The New York State Berry Growers Association is urging consumers to visit their local farm markets and U-pick patches before weather curtails fruit production. A wet summer in the Northeast has produced excellent berry crops... more »

AgroFresh acquires postharvest tech company Tessara

AgroFresh Solutions Inc. has acquired Tessara, a postharvest solutions provider. The acquisition expands AgroFresh’s footprint in food waste reduction and freshness solutions for table grapes and berries and bolsters the organization’s impact in growing regions in... more »

Senator tours Michigan blueberry farm to highlight SWD bill

U.S. Sen. Gary Peters, D-Mich., recently promoted the passage of the Spotted Wing Abatement Trust (SWAT) Act during a visit to Crossroads Blueberry Farm in West Olive, Michigan. The legislation targets spotted wing drosophila (SWD),... more »

Farm Credit salutes California Fresh Fruit Association growers

Every summer, people around the country enjoy luscious fruits like apricots, table grapes, kiwis, peaches and plums. Because California is the nation’s largest producer of those commodities, there’s a high chance the fruits were grown... more »

Vision-guided herbicide sprayer senses pesky weeds

Precision spraying has reduced total herbicide use for row crop operations compared to broadcast applications, without negatively impacting weed control or crop fitness and yield. Determining how these systems work in perennial crops, including fruits... more »

Free New Jersey fruit celebrates National Blueberry Month

The New Jersey Department of Agriculture (NJDA) will highlight National Blueberry Month by handing out free blueberries to beachgoers for the third year in a row. Department staff will be distributing blueberries on the afternoon... more »

USDA to buy almost 17.5 million pounds of frozen blueberries

The USDA plans to buy 17.4 million pounds of frozen highbush blueberries to use for school lunches and other federal food and nutrition assistance programs. The purchase is under the authority of Section 32, formerly... more »

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