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Coastal Research & Extension Center

Fruit and Nut Extension Program

The major fruit crop in Mississippi is blueberries with an excess of 2000 acres and growing. Blueberries are native to the Southeast and grow well in this climate. A number of excellent varieties have been developed through the USDA and University breeding programs. These varieties are vigorous, productive, and exhibit excellent disease and insect resistance. Cultural practices have been developed for Mississippi growers in an effort to maximize production. Promotional materials developed through the Extension program are distributed to the public and commercial outlets. Other crops include muscadines, pecans, and persimmons.