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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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UGA-affiliated sites

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

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

Sustainable Agriculture at UGA Brings together information on sustainable agriculture including organic agriculture, pollinators, and other resources.

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.

Commodity Teams at CAES Teams made up of research scientists and extension specialists work together to provide the latest technology and information for efficient, profitable production of some of Georgia's most valuable commodities.

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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UGA Blueberry Blog This blog from the UGA Blueberry Team provides Georgia blueberry growers with the most updated information on all aspects of blueberry production.
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  • Blueberry Research Blueberry Research University of Georgia researchers are working to keep the state's blueberry industry healthy and profitable. Published: 05/04/21
  • Essential Oil Grant Essential Oil Grant Jonathan Oliver, a small fruit pathologist, will investigate the use of essential oils in organic blueberry production, the state’s top fruit crop. Published: 10/07/20
  • Blueberry Fungus Blueberry Fungus Some of the most popular blueberry varieties for Georgia are known to be highly susceptible to "mummy berry" disease. Published: 06/30/20
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Top Blueberry Producers
County Name Value
Bacon $70,686,000
Clinch 45,797,500
Appling 44,775,000
McDuffie 24,750,000
Ware 23,962,500
Coffee 15,572,025
Pierce 13,556,250
Atkinson 11,356,155
Brantley 10,518,750
Cook 6,581,250
State Total: $328,062,607

Displaying farm gate values for 2020. Values are tallied in October for the previous year.