Appling County Crop E News

Blueberries and The March 2017 Freeze

Blueberry growers, the winter weather of March 16-17 2017 will most likely be dates we never forget. In just one night what could have potentially been a record crop load was nearly wiped out. Some fields were hit harder than others, but it was devastating across the blueberry belt of…
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Blueberry Update 2016

There’s been plenty of blueberry rust in 2016, likely as a result of a milder than average winter and the heavy rainfall observed in many blueberry production areas. In some fields we’ve observed active sporulation of rust on old leaves from 2015 that have not abscised. The blueberry IPM guide at…
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Blueberry Cold Injury Information

The following is largely a synopsis of information previously provided by Gerard Krewer (UGA Professor Emeritus and consultant), Bill Cline (NC State), Dave Lockwood (Univ. of TN), Danny Stanaland (retired county agent and consultant) and Phil Brannon regarding a suggested response to cold damage on blueberries and the potential threat…
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Low Chill Hours in Blueberries and Using Dormex

We’ve received a very low amount of chill hours compared to previous years. What does this mean for blueberry growers? Below shows the chill hours from October to January 5 for the past seven years. This information is from Jeffrey G. Williamson, Professor and Extension Specialist at the University of…
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Blueberry Leaf Rust

Blueberry leaf rust is being found in fields across our area. I took these pictures this morning (April 28). According to Dr. Phil Brannen, UGA Fruit Pathologist, this is likely as a result of the recent heavy rainfall we’ve received. It is a good time to start scouting for rust if you…
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Mummy berry in Blueberries

These mummy berry leaf strikes were found last Friday, March 20th in Appling County. The photos aren’t great because it was getting dark when I took the picture. I’ve found strikes in three locations and I suspect there are more occurring throughout the region. All open blooms are subject to…
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Mummy Berry Sprays Should Begin Soon

Dr. Harald Scherm has determined the mummy berry potential for germination and development of the apothecia is here. Germination is likely to have started and apothecia are likely to be produced in the field. It doesn’t necessarily say that spores are already being dispersed, but the potential is definitely there….
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Freeze Injury on Blueberry Plants

Where freeze damage has occurred on southern highbush,  an immediate application of Pristine (unless resistance is confirmed in the field. More info below on that.) at the high rate is recommended. There’s a lot of damaged plants from freeze protection and/or the weather itself. Where cold-damaged blooms/shoots are observed, Botrytis will…
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Freeze Protecting Blueberries. What Went Wrong?

  On February 12 blueberries looked like this: On February 13 blueberries looked like this: And the below pictures were taken on February 23. You can easily see the freeze damage in the blueberries even though this field was freeze protected.   Why are we seeing damage if the plants…
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Using Acid to Clean Out Drip Lines in Blueberries

How much acid can be used to clean out drip lines in blueberries? A link is provided at the bottom for a calculator to assist you. I asked Dr. Erik Smith this question and here is his response: “I used 100 meq/L for the alkalinity and the initial pH of 7.0….
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