Don’t Think Freeze Damage is Over in Blueberries

I had a call this morning about a strange looking, brown symptom on the end of the blueberries.  Several ideas were thrown out — disease, spray injury, insect damage.  However once I saw the problem in this photo I knew it was freeze damage.

Freeze damage on sizing blueberries

Freeze damage on sizing blueberries

It seems almost unthinkable that we would see this in south Mississippi.  But these berries were already developing when the freezing temperatures hit, so the exposed tissue was damaged.  There is not much to be done about it now.  Other secondary problems like insect damage or fruit splitting may occur as well.  So far it has been a tough, and unusual year.  Next up, SWD.