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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Organic Agriculture Certificate Program Understand organic agriculture production in the southeastern United States.
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- Suggested Blueberry Fertilization Timings and Rates (C 1163) Fertilization is an important practice of maintaining plant health. The blueberry plant is no exception, but there are important considerations when fertilizing blueberries. The rates, timing, and typ…
- 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, …
- 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 practic…
- 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.
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.
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.
Blueberry Quality Study seeks to identify possible causes for postharvest quality loss in rabbiteye blueberries.
SWD Biocontrol The Ganaspis brasiliensis wasp is a predator of spotted wing drosophila, a pest that costs fruit producers billions in losses each year.
National Academy of Inventors UGA now has 12 faculty to receive National Academy of Inventors honor.
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Source: Georgia Farm Gate Value Report, 2021. Center for Agribusiness and Economic Development.