STAPLES -- Start-ups for establishing a commercial blueberry planting, and new ideas for maintaining an existing blueberry, operation will be shared Aug. 2 at the Central Lakes Ag Center in Staples starting at 6 p.m. Registration desk will be open at 5:30 p.m. at the University of Minnesota blueberry plots.
A registration fee of $3 per family will be collected at the door for handouts and refreshments including blueberries and ice cream at the end of the meeting. If raining, the meeting will be held indoors.
Topics on marketing, cultural, irrigation and organic production practices will be discussed by University of Minnesota faculty, a blueberry grower and Minnesota Department of Agriculture specialist.
Field night will start with a discussion on checking out the local market potential by Larry Zilliox, extension educator from Douglas County. Berry grower, Jerry Neseth, from Perham, will share his experiences learned over the years with blueberry production. Kevin Edberg, MDA ag marketing and development specialist, will lead a discussion on new tools and techniques to increase blueberry markets.
University of Minnesota Horticulturist Dave Wildung, from the North Central Research and Outreach Center, will present information on soil pH, cultivars, spacing, fertility, weed control, mulch and organic production system alternatives. Irrigation options will be shown by Jerry Wright, extension engineer, from the West Central Research and Outreach Center in Morris.
Field night is co-sponsored by the University of Minnesota Extension Service, Central Region Partnership and Central Lakes Ag Center. For more information, contact Wesley Urdahl (218) 824-1065 in the local extension office.
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