Archive for May, 2011

Georgia blueberry season begins: 2011 crop showing promise

May 24, 2011

It’s blueberry time in Georgia, and farmers expect a good season, says a University of Georgia blueberry expert.

“We started picking (Southern) highbush berries the last of April, and the crop looks good this year,” said Danny Stanaland, the UGA Cooperative Extension agent in Bacon County, Ga., which is in the heart of Georgia blueberry country.

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ICM Field Training Session May 24

May 20, 2011

Field training session will be offered to demonstrate and discuss the Integrated Crop Management (ICM) field scouting techniques in Wild Blueberry Fact Sheet No. 204. This sesson will cover mummy berry and blossom blight identification and monitoring, insect sweeping and identification, and weed identification and management. This Field Day will take place at Charles and Dorothy Dolham’s. For information, go to University of Maine Cooperative Extension Service: Blueberries. One recertification credit per session will be offered for certified pesticide applicators.

U.S. Blueberry Consumption Climbs

May 18, 2011

Demand for blueberries in the United States has grown, with fresh and frozen per capita consumption both increasing over the last three decades. This growth was spurred by heightened consumer interest in healthy diets and the proactive efforts of the U.S. blueberry industry in raising consumer awareness of the health benefits derived from blueberry consumption. Throughout the 1990s to 2001, Americans were eating more frozen blueberries than fresh.

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Mitigating Mummy Berry Disease of Blueberry

May 18, 2011

Blueberries may be nutritional powerhouses, but some types are no match for the fungus Monilinia vaccinii-corymbosi, which causes “mummy berry” disease.

Fortunately, U.S. Department of Agriculture (USDA) scientists have more than 100 years of experience in blueberry breeding and cultivation.

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