FARMS Program

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U-Pick Update: Bringing in Customers by the Berry Bucket

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Update on Flatheaded Borers Infesting Blueberry Plantings in Central and North-Central Florida

<strong>Beetles vs Blueberries</strong>

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Spotted Wing Drosophila in Organic Berry Crops

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Sighting in on a target spot disease management plan

Post-harvest foliage management is important for blueberries produced in both deciduous and evergreen systems in Florida.  Healthy leaves maintained through flower bud differentiation in fall will ensure sufficient carbohydrate (sugar) reserves for uniform, early, berry production and leafing the following spring in deciduous production.  In evergreen systems, foliar diseases that carry over on leaves reduce the vigor of plants, but also can produce spores that infect fruit.  Anthracnose and rust pathogens infect both leaves and fruit and can lead to post harvest fruit rot (ripe rot) and fruit quality issues (rust infection of fruit).  Some varieties are more susceptible to summer foliar diseases than others.  Jewel is an older variety still widely grown that suffers from several foliar fungal diseases during the hot humid Florida summers.

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FARMS Program Great for Growers

<strong>Helping Farmers Develop Efficient Water Practices</strong>

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US Blueberry Growers Will Have to Look Toward Technology to Compete

It appears that specialty crops – including blueberries – are taking a back seat in the current negotiations over the North American Free Trade Agreement as arguments over tariffs and other higher priority items are being discussed.

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Citrus Root Weevil Update

Pest Becoming a Significant Problem for Blueberries in Central Florida

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Bacterial Wilt of Blueberry Caused by Ralstonia Solanacearum

Researchers share Initial Findings of Disease and What to Do if Detected in Your Crops

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Flatheaded borers and Chilli thrips update

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When Cold Protection Becomes Critical

At the Heart of the Cost Share Program, ‘My Florida Farm Weather,’ Are Valuable Decision-Making Tools

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Please Join Us for the Florida Blueberry Growers Association Spring Field Day

The Florida Blueberry Growers Association SPRING FIELD DAY will be held Tuesday, March 12th, 2019 at the University of Florida-IFAS Plant Science Research and Education Unit from 8:30 am to 3:00 pm in Citra, FL.  The day will consist of presentations, field tour, a group lunch as well as the opportunity to visit with 20 vendors to the blueberry industry.  Lunch is included in your paid registration (name badge will be used as your meal ticket.)

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Blueberry Freeze Protection Fundamentals

Florida southern highbush blueberries need freeze protection to minimize damage to flower buds, blooms, and young fruit. This is typically done using overhead irrigation, which involves putting out large volumes of water to reduce the impact of cold temperatures on susceptible floral and fruit tissues.

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Blueberry Breeding Program

A Team Effort to Assist Blueberry Stakeholders in Florida


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Celebrating Florida Blueberries

March Blueberry Festival a Draw for Blueberry Fans Near and Far


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Fighting Bacterial Wilt

Updated Research Regarding the Latest Disease in Florida Blueberries

by Phil Harmon, Ph.D. UF IFAS Blueberry Pathologist and Extension Specialist and

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Blueberry Forecasting

New Block Grant Could Help Predict Yields


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Improving Pollination Practices

Continuing Research on Florida Blueberry Pollination Factors

by Dr. Rachel Mallinger, Assistant Professor, Department of Entomology and Nematology, UF

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Save The Date!


Florida Blueberry Growers Association


Date:          Tuesday, March 12th, 2019

Location:    UF/IFAS Citra Facility
2556 West Highway 318, Citra, Florida 32113

More details and registration information to follow. 

Presentations from the FBGA Fall 2018 Meeting and Trade Show

Click on the links below to download guest speaker presentations from the Fall 2018 Growers Meeting and Trade Show hosted by the Florida Blueberry Growers Association at the Holiday Inn Hotel & Suites Ocala Conference Center.

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