There is a growing market in the United States and globally for fresh fruits and vegetables with reported health-enhancing properties. This includes blueberries, which are high in antioxidants and have been reported to improve heart health and contain anticancer properties. Fresh-market blueberry sales (conventional and organic) increased by 27% between 2013 and 2017, and that trend is expected to continue. In addition, there is an increasing level of consumer interest in organically grown produce (for environmental conservation, taste, and other perceived benefits), for which some consumers are willing to pay a premium over the price for a conventionally produced crop. This new 8-page publication of the UF/IFAS Horticultural Sciences Department discusses various aspects of organic blueberry production in Florida and is intended for use by those currently using or interested in pursuing organic production. Written by Douglas A. Phillips, Peter J. Dittmar, Philip F. Harmon, Oscar E. Liburd, Danielle D. Treadwell, and Jeffrey G. Williamson.
Brannen, P., P. Smith, E. Little, B. Cline, S. Bost, A. Ahmad, F. Hale, H. Burrack, O. Liburd, R. Bessin, M. Czarnota, K. Jennings, and D. Lockwood. 2015. Southeast Regional Organic Blueberry Pest Management Guide. UGA Cooperative Extension Bulletin 1440-01.
Carroll, J., M. Pritts, and C. Heidenreich (Ed.). 2016. Organic Production and IPM Guide for Blueberries. Cornell University Cooperative Extension, NYS IPM Publication No. 225.
Julian, J., B. Strik, H. Larco, D. Bryla, and D. Sullivan. 2012. Costs of Establishing Organic Northern Highbush Blueberry: Impacts of Planting Method, Fertilization, and Mulch Type. HortScience 47(7):866-873. https://doi.org/10.21273/HORTSCI.47.7.866
Koike, S., M. Gaskell, C. Fouche, R. Smith, and J. Mitchell. 2000. Plant Disease Management for Organic Crops. University of California, Division of Agriculture and Natural Resources, Publication 7252. https://doi.org/10.3733/ucanr.7252
Krewer, G. and R. Walker. 2006. Suggestions for Organic Blueberry Production in Georgia. University of Georgia Extension Fruit Publication 00-1.
Sial, A., R. Isaacs, C. Guedot, V. Walton, K. Hamby, M. Rogers, O. Liburd, D. Johnson, F. Zalom, H. Burrack, J. Lee, T. Leskey, et al. 2018. Management Recommendations for Spotted Wing Drosophila in Organic Berry Crops. UGA Cooperative Extension Bulletin 1497.
Tertuliano, T., G. Krewer, J. Smith, K. Plattner, J. Clark, J. Jacobs, E. Andrews, D. Stanaland, P. Andersen, O. Liburd, E. Fonsah, and H. Scherm. 2012. Growing Organic Rabbiteye Blueberries in Georgia, USA: Results of Two Multi-Year Field Studies. Intl. J. of Fruit Science 12:205-215. https://doi.org/10.1080/15538362.2011.619348
USDA Certified Organic Survey, 2016 Summary. 2017. USDA National Agricultural Statistics Service.
USDA National Organic Program. The Program Handbook: Guidance and Instructions for Accredited Certifying Agents and Certified Operations. https://www.ams.usda.gov/rules-regulations/organic/handbook.