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Blueberries

 

Indiana has over 600 acres of highbush blueberries, ranking it 12th in the U.S. Most plantings are in the northern third of the state where soils are most conducive. Many older planting were established on high organic matter muck soils, as these soils were deemed unsuitable for other crops. Most of these sites, however, are low lying and very prone to mid-winter cold injury and spring frosts. Newer plantings have been made on sites less prone to cold temperature injury and on lighter soils. Most blueberry plantings in northern Indiana are on sandy soils that are high in organic matter and naturally acid. Irrigation is commonly available due to a naturally high water table. Many Indiana growers market a significant portion of their crop through the Michigan Blueberry Grower's Association.

Blueberries are becoming a popular crop in central and southern areas of the state as growers learn how to manage the crop on low organic matter mineral soils. Soil amendments, pH adjustment, mulching and trickle irrigation make production of blueberries possible.

Blueberries are a popular plant for the home garden. Though they require specific soil conditions, they have few pest problems and are consistently productive.

The following links will take you to blueberry production information applicable to Indiana.

  

 

Blueberry Production

 

Midwest Blueberry Production Guide (UKY ID-210)

Growing Blueberries - PA

Growing Blueberries - KY

Fertilizing Blueberries - IN (HO-65)​

 

Pest Management

 

Midwest Small Fruit Pest Management Handbook (OSU Bul. 861)

Midwest Commercial Small Fruit and Grape Spray Guide

Controlling Pests in the Home Fruit Planting (ID-146)

Pest Management Strategic Plan for the North Central Region Blueberry Industry

 

Economics and Marketing

 

Agricultural Marketing Service Market News Reports

 

​Produce Quality 

 

Purdue Produce Quality Site

Post Harvest Cooling and Handling - NC

USDA Quality Standards for Fresh Fruit

USDA Quality Standards for Processing Fruit

 

Other Links

 

Midwest Small Fruit and Grape Net

Michigan Blueberry Facts

Cornell Fruit Crops page - NY

North American Blueberry Council

Michigan Blueberry Growers Association​



 

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