Eric T. Stafne, Extension and Research Professor, Mississippi State University
The Mississippi State University Extension Service will be hosting two workshops for blueberry growers in 2024 — an in-person workshop in Hattiesburg, Mississippi on February 8 and a virtual workshop on February 15 (register online).
Learn more about these free events:
Mississippi Blueberry Education Workshop (in-person)
February 8, 2024 – 9:00 a.m.-Noon
No registration is required. For more information, contact Eric Stafne.
Speakers and topics:
- Dr. Eric Stafne — Mississippi State University
“Back to Basics: What to Know About Blueberries”
- Dr. Blair Sampson — USDA-ARS Poplarville
“Pollination and Pollinators of Blueberry Flowers”
- Jenny Ryals — Mississippi State University
“Blueberry Propagation Techniques and Tips”
- Haley Williams — Mississippi State University
“Blueberry Wine and Blends with other Small Fruits”
Virtual Blueberry Workshop
February 15, 2024 – 1:00-2:00 p.m.
To attend this free virtual workshop, you must register in advance. The good news is that it is very simple to do! Once registered, you will receive a confirmation email. As a bonus, you will also receive reminders before the event. For more information, contact Eric Stafne.
Speakers and topics:
Dr. Eric Stafne, Extension and Research Professor, Coastal Research and Extension Center, Mississippi State University
“Changes in Plant Hardiness Zones and Ramifications for Mississippi Blueberries”
The United States Department of Agriculture (USDA) recently updated their plant hardiness zone maps. These maps are based on 30 years’ worth of weather data. Unsurprisingly, the zones in Mississippi have changed. What does this mean for blueberry plants? Can we start to grow some varieties that were not possible in the past? We will discuss these and more questions.
Jenny Ryals, Research Associate II, South Mississippi Branch Experiment Station, Mississippi State University
“Blueberry Propagation Techniques and Tips“
This presentation aims to offer advice and methods to enhance the success of growers in propagating blueberries through various techniques. Tailored for both novice and seasoned gardeners and growers, the talk will provide insights applicable to a broad audience with diverse levels of experience.
Haley Williams, Research Associate I, South Mississippi Branch Experiment Station, Mississippi State University
“Blueberry Wine and Blends With Other Small Fruits“
This presentation will focus on blueberry wine and blends with other small fruits, providing information on their unique qualities along with some production tips. Whether a hobbyist winemaker or someone simply curious about wine, attendees will gain insights into the possibilities of combining the flavors of blueberries with complementary fruits, expanding their knowledge of fruit-based wines.
If you are interested in attending either of these workshops, please contact Eric Stafne. We hope to see you there!