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Highbush Blueberry Production Guide

Publication Number: NRAES-55
Cost: $42.00
Length: 200 pages
Authors: 29 researchers, extension workers, and growers from 17 states
Features: 168 color photos, 24 figures, 27 tables

This publication was awarded a blue ribbon in the 1993 ASAE Educational Aids Competition.

Blueberries, native to North America, have become increasingly popular with growers and consumers throughout the world. This book is the first comprehensive resource for blueberry growers and the advisers who assist them. Written by 29 experts from across the country, it covers all aspects of blueberry production including site selection and preparation, plant selection, blueberry growth and development, maintenance, pest management, harvesting, and marketing. Topics that other fruit-production guides rarely address, such as nuisance wildlife management, water management, spray technology, and budgeting, are discussed as well. The guide features 168 full-color photos, 27 tables, 24 figures and charts, and a key to problems. (1992)

Blueberries, native to North America, have become increasingly popular with growers and consumers throughout the world. The Highbush Blueberry Production Guide, NRAES-55, now available from the Natural Resouce, Agriculture, and Engineering Service (NRAES), is the first comprehensive resource for new and experienced blueberry growers and for farm advisers who assist them.

The guide covers all aspects of blueberry production, from preparing, planting, and maintaining the site to harvesting, handling, and marketing fruit. It discusses in detail topics that other fruit-production guides rarely address: controlling animal pests, maintaining the water supply, and budgeting.

Authors of the Highbush Blueberry Production Guide, NRAES-55, include 29 researchers, extension workers, and growers from 17 states. Marvin Pritts, professor of fruit and vegetable science at Cornell University, and James Hancock, professor of horticulture at Michigan State University, edited the guide.

The 200-page guide includes 168 color photos, a series of budgeting tables, a diagnostic key, a glossary, lists of supplementary materials, worksheets for determining nutritional needs, and a table of English-to-metric conversion factors which makes the guide useful to growers outside the U.S. It is sold in a 3-ring binder and can be easily updated with notes or with locally available publications or recommendations.

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