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Cooperative Extension: Maine Wild Blueberries

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Production - 2-Year Wild Blueberry Production Cycle

1st Year (vegetative)

Mowing and/or burning harvested fields and the emergence of new plants.

Mowing a harvested field.

Burning a harvested field.

Applying sulfur to control weeds.

Emergence of new plants after burn.

First year vegetative growth.

Blueberry field in the Fall.

2nd Year (fruit-bearing)

 Pollinating, irrigating, monitoring for insects and disease, and harvesting berries.

Stems covered by snow in winter.

Blueberry bell-shaped blossoms.

Truck delivering bee hives.

Bee hives set in field.

Honeybees in hives.

Bee pollinating blueberry blossom.

Irrigating a blueberry field.

Big gun irrigation system.

Blueberries ripening in field.

Grasshopper feeding on blueberries and foliage.

Field trap made of coated sticky
material used to monitor blueberry fruit fly.

A sweep net can be used to effectively
detect all wild blueberry pest insects.

Blueberries are ready to harvest.

Hand raking blueberries.

Using a small harvester to harvest berries.

A Bragg harvester used to harvest berries.

A box of harvested berries.

Boxes of harvested blueberries for processing.

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Image Description: Mowing blueberry fields.

Image Description: Burning blueberry fields.

Image Description: Applying sulfur to control weeds.

Image Description: Emergence of new blueberry plants.

Image Description: Emergence of new blueberry plants.

Image Description: Blueberry fields in the Fall.

Image Description: Snow falling on blueberry plant.

Image Description: Blueberry blossoms.

Image Description: Truck delivering bee hives.

Image Description: Bee hives in blueberry field.

Image Description: Honeybees

Image Description: A bee pollinating a blueberry blossom.

Image Description: Irrigating blueberry fields.

Image Description: Big gun irrigation system.

Image Description: Blueberries appearing.

Image Description: Grasshopper on blueberry.

Image Description: Monitoring for blueberry thrips.

Image Description: Sweeping blueberry fields.

Image Description: Blueberries are ready to harvest.

Image Description: Hand raking blueberries.

Image Description: Using a small harvester to harvest berries.

Image Description: A Wyman harvester used to rake berries.

Image Description: A box of harvested berries.

Image Description: Berries sent to production plant.

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Contact Information

Cooperative Extension: Maine Wild Blueberries
5741 Libby Hall
Orono, Maine 04469-5741
Phone: 207.581.3188 or 800.287.0274 (in Maine)E-mail:
The University of Maine
Orono, Maine 04469
A Member of the University of Maine System