Production Guide for Organic Blueberries

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This guide for organic blueberry production is an outline of cultural and pest management practices and includes topics that have an impact on improving plant health and reducing pest problems. The guide is divided into sections, but the interrelated quality of organic cropping systems makes each section relevant to the others.

Of all the fruit crops grown in the Northeast, blueberries are perhaps the most amenable to organic production. Pest problems are fewer than with most other fruits, and they preferentially use ammonium nitrogen which is a direct breakdown product of organic nitrogen sources such as manure. Even with these advantages, more research on growing blueberries organically is needed, especially in the area of pest management. This guide attempts to compile the most current information available, but acknowledges that effective means of organic control are not available for some pests. Future revisions to this guide will incorporate new information providing organic growers with a complete set of useful practices to help them achieve success.

Kerik Cox
Greg Loeb
Michael Helms
Andrew Landers
Paul Curtis
Laura McDermott
Cornell University Cooperative Extension