Blueberry Varieties Highlighted at “Red, White and Blueberry” Field Day Mr. Mike Reeves, Regional Extension Agent, Alabama Cooperative Extension System Mr. Arnold Caylor, Director, North Alabama Horticulture Research Center Dr. Elina Coneva, Fruit Specialist, Auburn University Mr. Tony Glover, Cullman County Coordinator, Alabama Cooperative Extension System Abstract Taste Testing Public Interest in blueberries continues to On-going harvest from the blueberry increase due to the health benefits of the research planting allowed participants to fruit. An ongoing blueberry variety trial at taste fresh fruit of each variety. Cullman the North Alabama Horticulture Research County Master Gardener Volunteers Center in Cullman, Alabama is generating conducted a taste evaluation of all of the valuable information as to what varieties are blueberry varieties. best adapted to the north Alabama area. The "Red, White and Blueberry” Field Day was Taste Test Comparison Scale held on July 7th, 2011, at the Research 200 180 Center, with a goal of educating commercial 160 producers and homeowners about blueberry 140 varieties and their culture and to showcase 120 the blueberry research done on the Center. 100 Master Gardeners provided a taste evaluation 80 of all blueberry varieties harvested from the Photo by 60 Mike Reeves planting at the Research Center. Forty-nine 40 20 of the 150 participants, who attended the 0 event, indicated they are now planning on growing blueberries. Ninety-eight percent Presenters and Topics said they gained more knowledge about blueberries by attending the event. The best Mr. Arnold Caylor – Establishment and Pruning tasting variety according the taste-test was Mr. Robert Boozer – Fertilization and Irrigation ‘Yadkin’ followed by ‘Alapaha’ and ‘Climax’. Dr. Elina Coneva – Variety Evaluation Results The best tasting variety was ‘Yadkin’, followed by ‘Alapaha’ and ‘Climax’. Eight pre-test/post –test questions and an evaluation indicated significant learning. Percentage of “Blueberry Knowledge” Test Questions Answered Correctly Dr. Elina Coneva, Mr. Arnold Caylor,120% Pre-test Extension Fruit Specialist NAHRC Director Post-test100%80%60%40%20% 0% 1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 Mr. Robert Boozer, Photo by Extension Horticulturist Michael Henshaw
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