Blueberries not only taste great, but they're also a good source of vitamin C, iron, and fiber. They're cholesterol-free, sodium-free, and an important source of potassium. Best of all, blueberries contain only 80 calories per cup.

Research concludes that the antioxidants in blueberries help protect the body against chronic diseases associated with aging. The folic acid may help guard against cervical cancer and may benefit the fetus during pregnancy. Blueberries, like cranberries, also help prevent urinary tract infections.

Rabbiteye blueberries are native to Georgia and make up most of our commercial production. Blueberries are harvested in Georgia from late May through mid-July. In Georgia blueberries are grown commercially primarily in the southern part of the state. And some are grown in the north Georgia mountains.

Under good management, blueberry bushes will produce some fruit the second or third year after transplanting. By the sixth year, they will yield as much as two gallons each. The yield will continue to increase for several years as the plants get larger.


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Popular Publications
  • Fertilizing Blueberries in Pine Bark Beds (B 1291) Grower experiences have proven milled pine bark to be an excellent growing substrate for southern highbush blueberries. Although milled pine bark shares many characteristics with good blueberry soil, fundamental differences exist and need to be understood for rapid growth of young plants and high blueberry yields.
  • Southern Highbush Blueberry Marketing and Economics (B 1413) To be more competitive, Georgia blueberry producers have to increase their yields to match or better the average U.S. values. This increase can occur through an improvement of the agricultural practices and a better mastery of blueberry cultivation. This publication contains information to help Southern Highbush blueberry growers in Georgia maximize their profits.
  • Bacterial Leaf Scorch of Blueberry (C 922) A new disease has been identified in the Georgia blueberry production region. This disease has been named “bacterial leaf scorch." This publication includes identification and control methods.
  • Blueberry Irrigation Water Quality (C 1105) This circular is a review of water quality standards, calculations, and recommendations for water that will be used for irrigation of blueberries.
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Websites

UGA-affiliated sites

UGA Blueberry Blog Scientific information about blueberry production from the UGA blueberry team.

Organic Blueberry Program in Georgia Organic solutions to fertilization, weed, insect, and disease problems in blueberry production.

Southern Region Small Fruit Consortium Newsletters and growing guides related to the production and marketing of blueberries.

Impact Statements: Blueberries Descriptions of Extension efforts to improve knowledge and practices related to blueberries.

Institute of Plant Breeding, Genetics and Genomics IPBGG faculty actively engage in training of graduate students, the development of new crop varieties, and basic research on the genetics and understanding of crop traits important to agriculture and human kind.

UGA Department of Horticulture Learn more about the horticulture department at the UGA College of Agricultural and Environmental Sciences.

UGA Department of Plant Pathology Learn more about the plant pathology department at the UGA College of Agricultural and Environmental Sciences.

External sites

Georgia Blueberry Commission Supports research, education, and promotion programs on behalf of the state's growers.

North American Blueberry Council Industry members provide industry news, supplier contacts, and administers product seal program.

 


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News
  • Northern Nut Growers Association August conference to highlight building sustainable, efficient agricultural practices. Published: 07/11/17
  • New Fruit Pathologist New UGA pathologist Jonathan Oliver to specialize in multiple fruit commodities. Published: 07/05/17
  • Beginning Farmers Training Low-cost farm business, small-fruit production and small ruminant training offered this fall across Georgia. Published: 07/27/16
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Top Blueberry Producers
County Name Value
Colquitt $473,233,569
Madison 452,121,098
Hart 445,358,748
Franklin 401,762,962
Mitchell 356,112,652
Jackson 323,172,205
Tattnall 322,139,619
Macon 294,711,849
Decatur 282,226,107
Hall 280,710,574
State Total: $13,838,993,517

Displaying farm gate values for 2015. Values are tallied in October for the previous year.