Blueberry Pollination Report 2021

Project Type: Partnership
Funds awarded in 2019: $29,990.00
Projected End Date: 03/31/2022
Grant Recipient: The Pennsylvania State University
Region: Northeast
State: Pennsylvania
Project Leader:
Dr. Margarita Lopez-Uribe
Penn State University
Blueberries depend on bee pollination to maximize yields. While different blueberry cultivars vary in their dependence for crop pollination, lack of or suboptimal bee visitation can decrease fruit set and fruit weight. As part of our NE-SARE funded project, we are working on characterizing the pollinator community and the benefits of pollination for the blueberry crops. In 2021, we visited two farms to characterize the pollinator community and set up experiments to quantify pollination limitation. This report provides a summary of the findings. Specifically, you will find information about the pollinator diversity and abundance in the farm, and to what degree crop yields might be limited by insufficient pollination.
Sydney Bird, Penn State University
Isabella Petitta, Penn State University
Nash Turely, Penn State University
Kathy Demchak, Penn State Extension
Shelby Fleischer, Penn State University
Margarita Lopez-Uribe, Penn State University
Target audiences:
Farmers/Ranchers; Educators
Ordering info:
Margarita M Lopez-Uribe
Penn State University
547 ASI Bldg
University Park, PA 16802
Any opinions, findings, conclusions, or recommendations expressed in this publication are those of the author(s) and do not necessarily reflect the view of the U.S. Department of Agriculture or SARE.