Blueberries

UGA working to avoid blueberry damage during harvest

Forget about Georgia peaches. It’s time to talk about Georgia blueberries, which are now the state’s No. 1 fruit crop.With a growing crop comes growing demand. How can farmers cut their losses? Avoid damage during... more »

Small Fruit Report: Central Michigan

Small fruit crops in West Central Michigan are developing rapidly after a long period of low temperatures that maintained the crop dormant for at least two more weeks than the previous year.Current temperatures are back... more »

Using exclusion netting helps manage SWD in blueberries

Dale-Ila Riggs, owner of The Berry Patch at Stone Wall Hill Farm, a diversified fruit and vegetable farm in Stephentown, New York, has been attempting everything imaginable to reduce the impact of spotted wing drosophila... more »

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 »


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