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Improve yield and quality to give consumers the best blueberries on the market! Proceedings of the 9th North American Blueberry Research and Extension Workers Conference presents the current status of the blueberry industry and recent developments in the biology, breeding, and production of blueberries throughout all of North America. In this extensive transcript of the convention which occurred in Halifax, Nova Scotia, during the summer of 2002 experts have contributed the most cutting-edge research on the commercial production of the blueberry, specifically focusing on increasing crop yield and fruit quality through various techniques and strategies. With original studies and experimental trials in such important issues as soil amendment, fertilizer, and weed control, this book is a valuable resource for anyone involved in the industry. With this book, you'll learn a variety of ways to influence: the mineral nutrition of blueberries blueberry diseases and pathology insect control blueberry flower bud development the length of time between harvest and the storage, processing, and marketing of blueberries Specifically, these proceedings introduce such recent and ongoing research on blueberries as: a possible sexual function specialization in the lowbush blueberry chilling requirement studies effects of sunlight or shade on maturity and optical density screenhouse evaluations of the Mason Bee Osmia ribifloris as a pollinator in the Southeastern United States efficient mowing for pruning wild blueberry fields and much more! With over 35 different studies on blueberries from planting to postharvesting, you'll gain an extraordinary amount of knowledge and methodology to expand upon in your own work. The text comes complete with tables, graphs, figures, and photos, providing you with valuable visual aids. Whether you are a producer, marketer, or researcher, this book will be an asset to your professional knowledge.
Introduction to the Proceedings of the Ninth North American Blueberry Research and Extension Workers Conference (Charles F. Forney and Leonard J. Eaton) Application of Paper Mill Biosolids, Wood Ash and Ground Bark on Wild Lowbush Blueberry Production (J. Lafond) The Wild Blueberry Industry Past (George W. Wood) Soil and Plant Response to MSW Compost Applications on Lowbush Blueberry Fields in 2000 and 2001 (P. R. Warman, C. J. Murphy, J. C. Burnham, and L. J. Eaton) Factors Contributing to the Increase in Productivity in the Wild Blueberry Industry (David E. Yarborough) Lowbush Blueberry (Vaccinium angustifolium) with Irrigated and Rain-Fed Conditions (R. M. Seymour, Gordon Starr, and David E. Yarborough) Gypsum An Alternative to Chemical Fertilizers in Lowbush Blueberry Production (Kevin R. Sanderson and Leonard J. Eaton) The Economics of Supplemental Irrigation on Wild Blueberries: A Stochastic Cost Assessment (Timothy J. Dalton and David E. Yarborough) Diammonium Phosphate Application Date Affects Vaccinium angustifolium Ait. Nutrient Uptake and Yield (John M. Smagula, W. Litten, and K. Loennecker) Effects of Salt Deposition from Salt Water Spray on Lowbush Blueberry Shoots (Leonard J. Eaton, Kevin R. Sanderson, and Jeff Hoyle) Main and Interactive Effects of Vegetative-Year Applications of Nitrogen, Phosphorus, and Potassium Fertilizers on the Wild Blueberry (David Percival and Kevin Sanderson) Efficient Mowing for Pruning Wild Blueberry Fields (Leonard J. Eaton, Robbie W. Glen, and J. Doug Wyllie) Effect of Soil Calcium Applications on Blueberry Yield and Quality (Eric J. Hanson and Steven F. Berkheimer) Effect of In-Row Spacing and Early Cropping on Yield and Dry Weight Partitioning of Three Highbush Blueberry Cultivars the First Two Years After Planting (Bernadine Strik and Gil Buller) Effects of Nitrogen Sources on Growth and Leaf Nutrient Concentrations of 'Tifblue' Rabbiteye Blueberry Under Water Culture (Takato Tamada) Stem and Leaf Diseases and Their Effects on Yield in Maine Lowbush Blueberry Fields (Seanna L. Annis and Constance S. Stubbs) Row Covers to Delay or Advance Maturity in Highbush Blueberry (Peter Hicklenton, Charles Forney, and Carolyn Domytrak) Rabbiteye Blueberry Field Trials with the Growth Regulator CPPU (D. Scott NeSmith and H. Marcus Adair) Susceptibility of Southern Highbush Blueberry Cultivars to Botryosphaeria Stem Blight (Barbara J. Smith) Post-Harvest Hedging and Pruning of Three Year Pruning Trial on 'Climax' and 'Tifblue' Rabbiteye Blueberry (Gerard Krewer, Danny Stanaland, Scott NeSmith, and Ben Mullinix) Fungal Pathogens Associated with Blueberry Propagation Beds in North Carolina (Bill Cline) Vaccinia gloriosa (S. P. Vander Kloet) An Overview of Weed Management in the Wild Lowbush Blueberry Past and Present (Klaus I. N. Jensen and David E. Yarborough) Use of Two Sulfonyl Urea Herbicides in Lowbush Blueberry (Klaus I. N. Jensen and Eric G. Specht) Determination of Evapotranspiration and Drainage in Lowbush Blueberries (Vaccinium angustifolium) Using Weighing Lysimeters (Gordon Starr, Rose Mary Seymour, Fred Olday and David E. Yarborough) Field-Edge Based Management Tactics for Blueberry Maggot in Lowbush Blueberry (Judith A. Collins and Francis A. Drummond) An Overview of RAPD Analysis to Estimate Genetic Relationships in Lowbush Blueberry (Karen Burgher-MacLellan and Kenna MacKenzie) Identification of Host Volatile Compounds for Monitoring Blueberry Maggot Fly (Oscar E. Liburd) Investigation of a Possible Sexual Function Specialization in the Lowbush Blueberry (Vaccinium angustifolium Aiton. Ericaceae) (Marina Myra, Kenna MacKenzie, and S. P. Vander Kloet) Chilling Requirement Studies in Blueberries (James M. Spiers, Donna A. Marshall, and John H. Braswell) The Effect of Pruning on Blueberry Stem Gall Wasp (Kenna MacKenzie, David Hayman, and Edward Reekie) The Effects of Chill Hour Accumulation on Hydrogen Cyanamide Efficacy in Rabbiteye and Southern Highbush Blueberry Cultivars (Stephen J. Stringer, Donna A. Marshall, Blair J. Sampson, and James M. Spiers) Evaluation of New Approaches for Management of Japanese Beetles in Highbush Blueberries (Rufus Isaacs, Zsofia Szendrei, and John C. Wise) Effects of Kaolin Clay Application on Flower Bud Development, Fruit Quality and Yield, and Flower Thrips [Frankliniella spp. (Thysanoptera: Thripidae)] Populations of Blueberry Plants (James D. Spiers, Frank B. Matta, Donna A. Marshall, and Blair J. Sampson) Flowering and Leafing of Low-Chill Blueberries in Florida (Paul M. Lyrene) Screenhouse Evaluations of a Mason Bee Osmia ribifloris (Hymenoptera: Megachilidae) as a Pollinator for Blueberries in the Southeastern United States (Blair J. Sampson, Stephen J. Stringer, James H. Cane, and James M. Spiers) In Vitro Culture of Lowbush Blueberry (Vaccinium angustifolium Ait.) (Samir C. Debnath) Effects of Sunlight or Shade on Maturity and Optical Density in Blueberries (R. P. Rohrbach, C. M. Mainland, and J. A. Osborne) Quality Curves for Highbush Blueberries as a Function of the Storage Temperature (Maria Cecilia N. Nunes, Jean-Pierre Emond, and Jeffrey K. Brecht) Index Reference Notes Included