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Register Now for Blueberry Webinar – Picayune Item

By Bonnie Coblentz
MSU Extension Service

STARKVILLE, Mississippi — Blueberry growers and those interested in getting into the industry can participate in an online workshop from Mississippi State University on Jan. 27.

Register for this MSU Extension Service workshop before January 26 at There is no cost to attend the online workshop, which runs from 2-4 p.m. on January 27.

The webinar will feature three speakers. Lisa Wasko DeVetter of Washington State University will discuss optimizing pollination in blueberry production, with a focus on hive density, placement, and landscape characteristics.

Lynn Sosnoskie from Cornell University will talk about successful weed control in fruit crops. Weeds compete directly with blueberries for resources, and they can hamper harvesting, interfere with the application of crop protection chemicals, and serve as alternate hosts for pests and pathogens. Interest is growing in new technologies that reduce the use of pesticides in fruit crops.

Gerando Nunez of the University of Florida will present his work on the root growth patterns of southern highbush blueberry grown in pine bark beds. His study of root abundance and nutrient uptake has important implications for blueberry irrigation and fertilization.

MSU is an equal opportunity institution. For disability accommodations or other information, contact Eric Stafne at 601-403-8939 or [email protected]