UGA Blueberry Blog

Rabbiteye Blueberries 2014: When Will They Ripen?

By: D. Scott NeSmith The 2014 blueberry season is underway, and the cold weather has certainly had an impact on our crop. The deep cold has been beneficial in giving a high number of chill hours; however, the length of cold has slowed warming and subsequent plant development. Therefore, at the…
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Spotted Wing Drosophila Identification, Monitoring, and Management

The spotted wing drosophila (SWD), Drosophila suzukii (Matsumura) (Diptera: Drosophilidae) is an invasive and economically important pest of many soft-skinned fruits such as blueberries, blackberries, raspberries, strawberries, cherries, and other. Since its first detection in California in 2008, SWD spread rapidly across the United States. It was first found in…
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2014 Mummy Berry Epidemic in Progress*

As blueberry development is currently in full swing, it is a good time to review some aspects of the mummy berry situation from spring 2014. Where fungicide applications were minimal or absent in 2013 and 2014, mummy berry was back with a vengeance (Fig. 1); this included some organic sites….
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New Southern Highbush: ‘Pinnacle’ (US 508)

Dr. Jim Ballington, North Carolina State University blueberry breeder, announced the advanced selection ‘Pinnacle’ (US 508) is available for trials. ‘Pinnacle is a collaboration between NCSU and USDA-ARS and is a cross of NC 1408 (‘Elizabeth’ x US 75) X ‘Bluechip’ made by A. D. Draper at Beltsville, MD. ‘Pinnacle’…
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Sprayer Calibration

I hope everyone learned a little something at our calibration workshop held in Alma on February 27. I think it became clear as the day went on that we really need to spend more time going through examples and doing some hands-on calibration for everyone to get a good feel…
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Proline (fungicide) Registration for Blueberries

Proline (prothioconazole), a Bayer product, has been registered for blueberries. This is another demethylation inhibitor (DMI), FRAC Group 3 fungicide – similar to Indar, Orbit, and Quash, though it is listed in a triazolinthione chemical group, as opposed to a triazole group. In Georgia, we do not have blueberry research…
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