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Freezing Weather Preparation

The weekend of March 3rd was cold enough to cause damage in southern highbush. Extension agents have observed damage in Pierce and Ware Counties. During the last few weeks, both southern highbush and rabbiteye blueberries have moved through bloom stages rapidly. As we all well know, developing fruit is very susceptible to freeze meaning when the temperature reaches 32° F, be prepared to run frost protection.

Over the next few nights, weather is predicted to again approach 32 °F. Check your frost protection system and test your weather measuring tools. Here is a link to ‘Commercial Freeze Protection for Fruits and Vegetables’ B1479:


Also is included is a link to an article on ‘Preparing your frost protection system for the next freeze’.


If you still have questions please contact your county extension agent.


Preparing your frost protection system for the next freeze Nov 2017

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About Erick Smith

Dr. Smith has an 80% extension and 20% research appointment in fruit production for southern Georgia. His responsibilities include providing leadership to the blueberry educational programs of southern Georgia. He assists county extension agents and commercial blueberry growers in production oriented material. His research interests are focused on plant nutrition, blueberry establishment, and production improvement. In blueberry and other commercial fruit crops, Dr. Smith is working to research and educate through collaborative efforts that include, but not exclusive to, leaders from the fields of plant pathology, entomology, physiology, and engineering to bring a rounded approach to problem solving.