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  • 2019 GROWERS CATALOG

    BLUEBERRIES CRANBERRIES

    www.degrandchamps.com

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    Good Morning:

    Once Again, the weather here in Michigan was a challenge in 2018. In January, the winter started cold and snowy, and then February became mild. We had more snow in April than we did in Febru- ary. Coming into May we were 2 weeks behind in GDD (Growing Degree Days).

    Because of the late Spring, we avoided a damaging May frost. This was about the only positive weather event. At blossom time which was two weeks late, we had several days that were over 90 degrees. The blossoms on our mid late and late varieties were heat blasted and didn’t set fruit. Mother Nature showed us who was still the boss. What looked like a really big crop turned out to be one of our smallest in many years.

    The summer was hot and we caught up and ended up ahead in GDD. Another positive note was in our area we had fairly timely rains, making our irrigation scheduling easier. The summer retail business at our farm market and u-pick was strong again. People are excited about blueberries!

    Let us help you plan and evaluate your blueberry operation. Don’t hesitate to contact us for information. 2019 starts our 61st year of our family run farm.

    All the best

    Mike DeGrandchamp

  • Some varieties that have been around for a while may not be new, but they are exciting and consistently performing well.

    A good example is Bluejay. Bluejay is from the Michigan State University breeding program and released in the 70’s. It is an early mid-season ripening blueberry that grows to a large seven foot bush. The berries are round, large and firm. So far, in our experience, it is the best commercial variety for ma- chine harvest for fresh fruit. Some years we have machine harvested Bluejay all three pickings and packed it for fresh fruit.

    Toro is a Dr. Arlen Draper USDA selection, released in the 80’s as an alterna- tive to Bluecrop. The fruit is very large and most of all the fruit ripens uniform- ly. Most of the fruit is harvested in two pickings. Our hired pickers can’t wait to get to pick our Toro’s.

    Legacy is a newer release from the North Carolina breeding program. Legacy is one of the most vigorous growing cultivars I have ever planted. Most people claim it is one of their favorite tasting fresh blueberries, myself included. Site selection is more critical because it is not as winter hardy as other Highbush varieties.

    Let us know if we can help you make variety selections.

    What’s New and Exciting?

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  • 1. 2.5” Pot, 1 Year Old Plant - This is an excellent liner plant. The large deep root system transplants well into larger pots or nursery beds. It’s a good alternative for growers who want to grow their own finished plants. We don’t recommend planting these directly into production fields.

    2. 4.5” Peat Pot, 1 Year Old Plant - This is a large 7”-12” 1 year old plant that has a very substantial root system (about 60% of the 1 gal- lon pot). The 4.5” peat pot was developed as an economic alternative to the 1 gallon pot. We have been successful planting the 4.5” plant directly in the produc- tion field by maintaining

    excellent cultural practices, such as weed control and irrigation.

    3. 1 Gallon Pot, 2 Year Old Plant - This blueberry plant in a 1 gallon pot (6”x 8”) is the industry standard that we developed 40 years ago. These 2 year old plants are grown in a peat bark mix, which promotes excellent root growth and branched top growth. Containerized plants eliminate transplant shock and maintain the integrity of the root system. The plant height will vary according to the variety, from 12” to 24”. 1 gallon plants are the growers best choice for fast field establishment.

    4. 1”-3” Rooted Micro- shoots - For the nursery- man set up to handle small micropropagated plants. These are ac- climated plants, grown in our greenhouse for 3 months. They need to be transplanted in a greenhouse because they are actively growing. Please call us if you need information on handling microshoots.

    Product Descriptions

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  • 26 Varieties to choose from!

    Fresh Pack

    Berry Size

    Mature Bush Size

    Space Between Plants (feet)

    Space Between

    Rows (feet)U-PICK

    Mech. Picking

    Winter Hardiness

    Disease Resistance Productivity

    L M 3-4 10

    L M 3-4 8-10Polaris

    Early Varieties Early Varieties ripen in Michigan beginning July 1st based on Southwest Michigan weather patterns.

    Fresh Pack

    Berry Size

    Mature Bush Size

    Space Between Plants (feet)

    Space Between

    Rows (feet)U-PICK

    Mech. Picking

    Winter Hardiness

    Disease Resistance Productivity

    M L 4-5 10

    L M 3-4 10

    L S 2-3 10

    Bluejay

    Huron

    Northblue

    Early-Mid Varieties Early-Mid Varieties ripen in Michigan beginning July 10th based on Southwest Michigan weather patterns.

    M M 3-4 10Northland

    L M 3-4 10Patriot

    L M 3-4 10Spartan

    UNKNOWN

    UNKNOWN

    L M 3-4 10Sweetheart

    Duke

    UNKNOWN

    HH

    HH

    HH

    HH

    To Order: CALL TOLL FREE (888) 483-7431

    Phone (269) 637-3915 • FAX (269) 637-2531 e-mail: sales@degrandchamps.com

    or visit us at www.degrandchamps.com Visa, MasterCard, and Discover accepted

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    L M 3-4 10Chanticleer UNKNOWN

  • Fresh Pack

    Berry Size

    Mature Bush Size

    Space Between Plants (feet)

    Space Between

    Rows (feet)U-PICK

    Mech. Picking

    Winter Hardiness

    Disease Resistance Productivity

    L M 3-4 10

    Chippewa UNKNOWN L M 3-4 8-10

    Blueray L M 3-4 10

    M 3-4 10Draper L

    Bluecrop

    Mid-Season Varieties Mid-Season Varieties ripen in Michigan beginning July 15th based on Southwest Michigan weather patterns.

    Fresh Pack ( 2 = excellent, 1 = good) ................................................. Half High ( cross between highbush and lowbush, very winter hardy) ................

    U-PICK ( 2 = excellent, 1 = good)....................................................... Mechanical Picking ( 3 = Fresh Pack 2 = excellent, 1 = good)...................... Winter Hardiness ( 3 = excellent, zone 4, 2 = good, zone 5, 1 = good, zone 6) .... Disease Resistance ( 2 = excellent, 1 = good)....................................... Productivity ( 2 = excellent, 1 = good).................................................. Berry Size ..................................................................S, M, L, XL Mature Bush Size .................................S (1-3'), M ( 3-6'), L (6-8')

    Superior

    XL M 3-4 10Toro

    UNKNOWN M M 3-4 10

    HH

    HH

    HH

    To Order: CALL TOLL FREE (888) 483-7431

    Phone (269) 637-3915 • FAX (269) 637-2531 e-mail: sales@degrandchamps.com

    or visit us at www.degrandchamps.com Visa, MasterCard, and Discover accepted

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  • Fresh Pack

    Berry Size

    Mature Bush Size

    Space Between Plants (feet)

    Space Between

    Rows (feet)U-PICK

    Mech. Picking

    Winter Hardiness

    Disease Resistance Productivity

    L L 4-5 10

    M M 3-4 8-10

    XXL M 3-4 10

    Berkley

    Bluegold

    Bonus

    Mid-Late Varieties Mid-Late Varieties ripen in Michigan beginning August 1st based on Southwest Michigan weather patterns.

    M L 4-5 10Jersey

    L M 3-4 10Nelson

    Fresh Pack

    Berry Size

    Mature Bush Size

    Space Between Plants (feet)

    Space Between

    Rows (feet)U-PICK

    Mech. Picking

    Winter Hardiness

    Disease Resistance Productivity

    M M 3-4 10

    M M 3-4 10

    Aurora

    Elliott

    Late Varieties Late Varieties ripen in Michigan beginning August 25th based on Southwest Michigan weather patterns.

    M M 3-4 10Liberty

    L M 3-4 10Legacy

    HH

    To Order: CALL TOLL FREE (888) 483-7431

    Phone (269) 637-3915 • FAX (269) 637-2531 e-mail: sales@degrandchamps.com

    or visit us at www.degrandchamps.com Visa, MasterCard, and Discover accepted

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    3.15 3.05 2.85

    4.407.10 4.10 3.90

    3.25 3.15 3.05

    4.607.10

    7.10

    4.30 4.10

    1.65 1.60 1.50

    3.35 3.25 3.15

    4.70 4.40 4.20

    2.25 2.05 1.85

    2.35 2.15 1.95

    2.50 2.40 2.30

    1.55 1.45 1.35

    1.55 1.45 1.35

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    Approximate Fruiting Season in South Haven, Michigan

    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 Week Weeks Weeks Weeks Weeks Weeks Weeks Weeks Weeks Weeks

    JULY AUG 1 SEPT 1 VARIETY

    Bluetta ....................... Duke .......................... Sweetheart ................. Polaris ....................... Spartan .................................. Patriot .................................... Huron. ................................... Bluejay .................................. Northland .............................. Northblue .

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