October Management Tips for Blueberries

Blueberry specialists at the University of Florida Institute of Food and Agricultural Sciences (UF/IFAS) remind growers about management options they need to be mindful of during October.

Florida blueberries
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Producers should monitor and manage leaf diseases, especially in evergreen systems. It is important to scout for algal stem blotch and selectively prune out canes infected with algal stem blotch, Botryosphaeria stem blight and dead canes.

Growers should also apply insecticides or miticides to control blueberry bud mites if they were present during the prior season. They should also spray for southern red mites and fall webworms.

Farmers should also apply a post-emergence herbicide if weeds are at densities that hinder the growth of the bush.

To learn more about this research and all of the other exciting things going on at the University of Florida’s Gulf Coast Research and Education Center, join us on Nov. 2 for the Florida Ag Expo. Register now!