Michigan Blueberry Commission Research Priorities for 2022
- Develop management programs for native and invasive pests.
- Blueberry Stem Gall Wasp, Spotted Wing Drosophila, nematodes
- Fungal disease pathogens, especially Anthracnose, including development and validation of disease prediction models.
- Weeds, especially milkweed, horse nettle, hemp dogbane and perennial vines, timing of post emergence herbicides in fall for perennial weeds.
- Study effects of field applied sanitizers, skin thickeners, and feeding stimulants on fruit firmness, disease control and insect control.
- Surfactants/adjuvants, best application practices with herbicides, fungicides, insecticides, and plant growth regulators.
- Enhance blueberry yields and quality
- Best practices for removal of low yielding fields, site preparation strategies and field establishment techniques.
- Better understanding of methods to increase fruit set, fruit size, and fruit quality including planting design, pollination, pruning, nutrition and water management, soil and foliar applied bio-stimulants.
- Management systems that reduce labor inputs, especially harvest labor.
- Breeding program to enhance selection for both plant hardiness and fruit quality.
- Growth regulator uses to increase quality and yields and de-fruiting young plantings.
- Lowering the financial impact of chemical inputs on the farm while maintaining quality fruit.
- Food Safety
- Production and Harvest Practices
- FSMA and GAP education to grower
Updated November 2021