Wild Blueberry Blog

Mummy berry infection period in Waldoboro and West Rockport areas May 4th

There were conditions for mummy berry infection periods at our Waldoboro and West Rockport weather stations on May 4th  night. In Waldoboro, the infection period started May 4 at approximately 9 pm and at West Rockport approximately at 7pm.  They were the only weather stations that experienced long enough wet conditions for an infection period. […]

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Mummy berry infection period May 3 to May 4, 2020

There were conditions for mummy berry infection periods at possibly all weather station locations.  This may be the case in your field too if you are near a weather station.  I do suggest you check the development of your plants.   Most infections started late Sunday May 3rd to early Monday May 4th.  We have two […]

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Probable Mummy berry infection in most locations, May 1 2020

As you may have guessed, weather conditions were suitable for mummy berry infection periods at most weather station locations from the early morning (4am to 8am) on Friday May 1st  through to Friday night.  I expect plants were ready and mummy berry cups were present in the Midcoast region and in many fields Downeast.   The […]

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Mummy berry infections likely later this week, April 28

There have been mixed reports of plant development  in blueberry growing areas. While some fields are past 40% F2 in the Midcoast and Downeast, there are other fields that are not there yet.  There are also reports of pinheads to cups in many fields in the Midcoast and Downeast.  We are getting warmer weather today […]

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Mummy berry report April 24

The wet weather coming our way may cause mummy berry infection if your plants are far enough along to 30 to 40% F2 (crown stage), and you have mummy berry cups in your field.  Please check your plants.  With this warm weather, I suspect many plants will have moved along faster than had been expected. […]

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Buds are moving along and first report of Monilinia pinheads

Reports are that buds are starting to open in the midcoast and Hancock region and that there are a few very early buds at F2 (crown stage).  I have an early report of Monilinia pinheads in Hope on Friday April 17.  I suspect with the warm weather this past weekend  we will have more bud […]

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Mummy berry season is getting close April 15, 2020

Mummy berry season is getting close for 2020.  We have reports of bud swelling in different fields in the midcoast area. Time to start looking at your mummy berry plots. Please let me know how your mummy berry plot and plants are developing.  Contact: Seanna Annis sannis@maine.edu, 207-581-2621. We have 11 of the 15 weather […]

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New SWD Survey

We’d like to welcome Philip Fanning to the Wild Blueberry research team! He already has an important survey on spotted wing drosophila (SWD) for growers to fill out that will help to inform future research.  We have been dealing with Spotted Wing Drosophila for a decade and it is time to transition from short-term crisis […]

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7.25.19 Time to put out Mummy Berry plots for next year

Now is the time to collect mummy berries to put out your own plot.  It is easy to set out plots and it will provide you with valuable information next spring on when the fungus is active in your field.  You will need to look at the plot in the spring about 2 times a […]

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