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Blueberries

Blueberries New York State has a little more than 700 acres of blueberries in production yielding about 2 million pounds of blueberries annually making it the 9th most important blueberry production state in the nation.  Increased consumer interest in dark colored fruit containing high amounts of healthful antioxidants has resulted in many more acres being planted over the past several years. This is despite the soil pH requirement of 4.5 that blueberries, a member of the acid-loving Ericaceae family require.

It takes nearly 8 years for blueberries to reach their mature production, but a well maintained planting can remain economically viable for up to 40 years or more yielding in excess of 10,000 lbs/acre. Ninety-five percent of this production is hand-picked and sold as fresh fruit with the remaining 5% going to value added products.

Highbush blueberries are grown throughout the majority of the state, but in northern NY and the Adirondacks, cultivars that are crosses between the Maine low-bush and northern high-bush blueberries result in a smaller bush that is much more winter hardy. The threat from late spring frosts remains a challenge to blueberry growers throughout the state. Blueberries have a relatively small pest complex making it a favorite berry for organic production.

For more information about blueberry production, visit the Cornell Berry website.

Most Recent Blueberries Content

Labeled Insecticides for Control of Spotted Wing Drosophila

Laura McDermott, Team Leader, Small Fruit and Vegetable Specialist
Eastern New York Commercial Horticulture

Last Modified: June 20, 2018
Labeled Insecticides for Control of Spotted Wing Drosophila

June 2018 - Labeled Insecticides for Control of Spotted Wing Drosophila in New York Berry Crops - Quick Guide


Cranberry Fruitworms - a significant pest in blueberries.

Laura McDermott, Team Leader, Small Fruit and Vegetable Specialist
Eastern New York Commercial Horticulture

Last Modified: May 24, 2018

Fruitworms overwinter as larvae and pupate in the spring, emerging as adult moths after the start of bloom and usually before early fruit set. Moths move into blueberry plantings when fruit is small and lay eggs directly on the fruit. The larvae hatch and tunnel into the fruit and begin feeding. Find out how to control these pests here!


Managing Anthracnose Fruit Rot of Blueberries

Laura McDermott, Team Leader, Small Fruit and Vegetable Specialist
Eastern New York Commercial Horticulture

Last Modified: May 24, 2018

Anthracnose is a serious pre- and post-harvest fruit rot in most blueberry growing regions. The flowers are infected early in the spring.  The fruit rot appears on ripe fruit with orange spore masses. Find out how to manage this disease here.



More Blueberries Content

2018 Eastern New York Fruit & Vegetable Conference Small Fruit Presentations
Labeled Insecticides for Control of Spotted Wing Drosophila in New York Berries
Insecticides to Control Spotted Wing Drosophila
2016 SWD Exclusion Study- SARE Project Report
2016 Berry School - Disease Diagnosis Talk
2016 Berry School - Disease Management Talk
Berry School 2016- Blueberry Pruning and Rejuvination
Berry School 2016- Small Fruit Resources
The Commercial Storage of Fruits, Vegetables, and Florist and Nursery Stocks
Blueberry Specific Insecticides for SWD
Cranberry and Cherry Fruit Worm
Effects of Fruit Cooling on Spotted Wing Drosophila
Spotted Winged Drosophila found locally and throughout New York and New England
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Upcoming Events

FSMA/PSA Grower Food Safety Training Course and Food Safety Plan Writing Workshop

April 23, 2019 : FSMA/PSA Grower Food Safety Training Course

April 24, 2019 : Food Safety Plan Writing Workshop

Day 1: FSMA/PSA Grower Food Safety Training Course
- A grower training course developed by the Produce Safety Alliance (PSA) that meets the regulatory requirements of the Food Safety Modernization Act (FSMA) Produce Safety Rule.  This one-day training is a requirement for farms growing more than $25,000 worth of fruits and vegetables.

Day 2: Food Safety Plan Writing Workshop
- A hands-on workshop that will help growers write a Food Safety plan that will allow the farm to be certified through the Good Agricultural Practice program (GAP).  This fay of the training is optional, but you must have completed a FSMA/PSA training to attend this portion of the two-day course. 

The NYS Department of Agriculture and Markets is underwriting the cost of the training manuals and the course certificates for all NYS residents that attend the FSMA/PSA Training (Day 1).  If you are NOT a NYS resident, you will be charged an additional $50/manual and $35/certificate on the day of the course. 

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Last Monday Grant Webinar for Fruit and Vegetable Growers - April

April 29, 2019
12:00-1:00

To help disseminate information on grants on a more consistent basis, we will be offering a "current grants" webinar on the last Monday of every month at noon

In order to help focus the program, the webinars will be limited to grants that are relevant to fruit and vegetable farmers in Eastern New York.

There is a possibility of webinars related to grants for experimental crops (i.e. hops and hemp) if it is likely that fruit and vegetable growers would be interested.

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Last Monday Grant Webinar for Fruit and Vegetable Growers - May

May 27, 2019
12:00-1:00

To help disseminate information on grants on a more consistent basis, we will be offering a "current grants" webinar on the last Monday of every month at noon

In order to help focus the program, the webinars will be limited to grants that are relevant to fruit and vegetable farmers in Eastern New York.

There is a possibility of webinars related to grants for experimental crops (i.e. hops and hemp) if it is likely that fruit and vegetable growers would be interested.

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Announcements

Resources from CCE ENYCHP!

We are developing new ways to connect with the CCE ENYCHP team this year! We have a Youtube page located at this link. Check out videos on Table Grape Production, Pest Updates and the 20 Minute Ag Manager - in 4 Minutes series

We have a Facebook Page here as well as an Instagram page. We keep these places updated with current projects, events, and other interesting articles and deadlines.

There are also text alerts available. Fruit and vegetable farmers in 17 Eastern NY counties can now receive real time alerts on high risk disease and pest outbreaks texted directly to their cell phone. The Eastern NY Commercial Horticulture program, which is supported by local Cornell Cooperative Extension associations, will now offer text alerts to those that enroll in our program in 2019. 

The text alerts will be reserved for important crop alerts that could impact management decisions immediately. For instance, if there were an outbreak of Late Blight in the area, this would be transmitted to vegetable growers.

Farmers can choose the crop for which they wish to receive updates. Additionally they can request that Ag Business Alerts be sent to them. These alerts might include due dates for crop insurance deadlines, market opportunities etc.

If you have questions, please contact enychp@cornell.edu


Podcasts

Episode 4 - Episode 4- Biological Root Dips for Onions

April 20, 2019
Episode 4- Biological Root Dips for Onions



Ethan Grundberg discusses biostimulants, biofungicides, and plant growth regulators with Teresa Rusinek. Grundberg presents some of the preliminary findings on yield impact and disease severity from one year of trialing 12 different products as pre-plant dips on bare root onion transplants on muck soils in Orange County, NY. More details from the study can be found online at https://rvpadmin.cce.cornell.edu/uploads/doc_735.pdf

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