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Enterprise budgets were developed for the 12 different pest management treatments of a large-plot organic blueberry transitions project in Maine, covering two prune/harvest cycles (2004–2005 and 2006–2007). Regression analysis of the plot-level yield results for the aggregate of the two prune/harvest cycles indicated that burning fields as compared to mowing fields significantly increased blueberry yields over the aggregate of two prune/harvest cycles. Similarly, adding 1,000 lbs of sulfur before the first prune/harvest cycle significantly increased blueberry yields over the aggregate of two prune/harvest cycles as compared to no addition of sulfur. The addition of fertilizer had no significant impact on blueberry yields.
Maine Agricultural and Forest Experiment Station
blueberries, blueberry diseases, blueberry pests, organic blueberry production
Agricultural Economics | Agricultural Science | Agronomy and Crop Sciences | Plant Sciences
Files, A.C., D. Yarborough, and F. Drummond. 2008. Economic analysis of organic pest management strategies for lowbush blueberries using enterprise budgeting. Maine Agricultural and Forest Experiment Station Technical Bulletin 198.