Archive for October, 2010

Spotted Wing Drosophila

October 29, 2010

The spotted wing Drosophila (SWD) – winged its way to North and South Carolina this past summer. The insect has the potential to cause up to 20 percent crop loss in host fruit. Go to the link here for more information on the SWD.

California Giant Inc. opens office in Chile to meet blueberry demand

October 28, 2010

Watsonville, Calif.-based California Giant Inc. has opened its first office in Chile, said Joe Barsi, the company’s director of business development.

The office, in Santiago’s Las Condes neighborhood, opened in October and will have two or three employees working there this season, Barsi said. Nader Musleh, who has worked for Cal Giant for two seasons, is the company’s country manager.

Growth in its Chilean business and a commitment to supply customers with a year-round supply of blueberries helped drive the decision, Barsi said.

Blueberries Are Tasty Disease Fighters

October 26, 2010

Blueberries can help protect against diseases, including certain cancers and heart disease. Click here to learn more.

In the Yard: Blueberries

October 22, 2010

The LSU AgCenter would like to see people grow and eat more blueberries. Old pasture land with the correct soil pH lends itself to blueberry production.

Article in today’s Baton Rouge Advocate about the All About Blueberries website.

Soil Tests

October 21, 2010

Do you know what’s in your soil, or what your soil needs to grow delicious blueberries? Go to the link here and learn about soil tests! For more information, contact your local Cooperative Extension Service office about soil tests!

Storage Does Not Reduce the Antioxidant Content of Blueberries

October 18, 2010

There are many types of antioxidant compounds that are beneficial to human health. Some of these are vitamin C, vitamin A, vitamin E, selenium, and flavonoids called anthocyanins. It is important to know that storage of fresh blueberries does not lead to loss of nutrients and antioxidants. Read Storage Does Not Reduce the Antioxidant Content of Blueberries for more information.

Soil Drainage and Irrigation for Blueberry Patches

October 12, 2010

Utilizing proper soil drainage and irrigation techniques are important to growing healthy blueberry patches. Read this article for more information.

Health Benefits of Blueberries

October 5, 2010

Did you know eating blueberries can help improve your vision, make blood flow through your vessels easier and lower your cholesterol? Click here for an interactive activity that shows the effects of blueberry phytochemicals on the human body and organs. Then, click on the image to open the activity. After that, click on each of the tabs to get important information!

New Blueberry Website

October 1, 2010

As demand for blueberries keeps increasing so does the need for more people to grow them. To promote both the production of blueberries and their nutritional value, the LSU AgCenter, Mississippi State University, Auburn University, North Carolina State University, together with information gathered from other Cooperative Extension Service agents around the United States have developed a new website. Got to this website for information about blueberry production, health benefits, recipes and more. Click here for information that’s All About Blueberries.