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.

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.

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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Top Blueberry Producers
County Name Value
Bacon $65,483,513
Appling 53,058,000
Banks 41,110,160
Clinch 35,250,000
Ware 19,947,920
Coffee 10,702,311
Pierce 8,956,250
Atkinson 8,191,407
Brantley 6,411,600
Lanier 6,090,200
State Total: $300,358,592

Displaying farm gate values for 2018. Values are tallied in October for the previous year.