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Burning fields with fuel oil is currently the most practical method of pruning blueberries but is costly and destructive to the organic material on the surface of the soil. Fuel oil is a nonrenewable resource that is rapidly increasing in cost and, in the future, may become less readily available for this use. The need to develop alternative means of pruning lowbush bleuberries is evident. This bulletin compares the economics of six pruning procedures on operations of three sizes. The budgets are based on certain assumptions and costs which will change over time. The results will allow blueberry growers to compare procedures to determine which one is most economically feasible for their particular operation and its resources.
Life Sciences and Agriculture Experiment Station
Blueberries, pruning, costs, wild blueberry production
Agricultural and Resource Economics | Agronomy and Crop Sciences
Hanson, E.J., A.A. Ismail, and H.B. Metzger. 1982. A cost analysis of pruning procedures in lowbush blueberry production. Life Sciences and Agriculture Experiment Station Bulletin 780.