Low Blueberry Yields, Cane Collapse Due To Winter Injury

In the latest Penn State University Extension bulletin, Kathleen Demchak, senior Extension associate, indicates that many Pennsylvania berry growers are seeing plants with few leaves and berries ranging from normal to very small.

“This problem occurred over the entire state, as well as throughout the Northeastern U.S. and westward to Michigan,” Demchak writes. “The widespread occurrence of this problem is a pretty good indication that this was a weather-related problem.”

To read more about winter injured cane care, click here.

Demchak also points to an article by Laura McDermott of Cornell Cooperative Extension in the The New York Berry News, where Marvin Pritts of Cornell University, explains what occurred to the canes during the sub-zero temperatures this winter.

Source: Penn State University Extension bulletin

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