Small Fruits

Blueberry Pruning and Rejuvenation

Blueberry Pruning and Rejuvenation

Introduction Regular pruning is an essential component of blueberry management, yet its importance is often misunderstood because the costs to the neglectful grower are not immediate.  Pruning is required to maintain the vigor and productivity of bushes, to aid in disease and insect management, to maintain large

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Growing Berry Crops in Protective Structures

Growing Berry Crops in Protective Structures

A Resource for High Tunnel Berry Growers Berry growers in the Upper Midwest and Northeast can access information specific to growing berries in tunnels at the TunnelBerries website:  www.TunnelBerries.org.  TunnelBerries is a seven-state research and extension project designed to provide growers with the knowledge needed to expand raspberry,

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Growing Under Cover: A Kansas Grower’s Guide

Growing Under Cover: A Kansas Grower’s Guide

Growing Under Cover 2 is here!! Written by Tom Buller, Kansas Rural Center; Dr. Cary Rivard, Kansas State University, Fruit and Vegetable Extension Specialist; and Kim Oxley, Research Extension Associate, Kansas State University, Growing Under Cover: A Kansas Grower’s Guide, provides success stories from Kansas farmers who use

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Integrated Strategies for Management of Spotted Wing Drosophila in Organic Small Fruit Production

Integrated Strategies for Management of Spotted Wing Drosophila in Organic Small Fruit Production

Spotted wing Drosophila (SWD) is an important pest of berries, cherries, and some thin-skinned grape varieties. The berry crops at greatest risk are raspberries, blackberries, strawberries, and blueberries.  For many berry and small fruit growers, SWD has rapidly become their most critical insect pest. SWD is native

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Sustainable Blackberries & Raspberries Growers Workbook

Sustainable Blackberries & Raspberries Growers Workbook

The production of raspberries and blackberries in Arkansas is growing as more consumers demand a local supply of fresh, high quality fruit. Demand for these fresh berries still typically exceeds supply in much of the state particularly early and late in the production season. Commercial production with

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Raspberries: Challenging but Potentially Profitable

Raspberries: Challenging but Potentially Profitable

“Raspberries are one of the more challenging crops I deal with,” says Maine’s vegetable and small fruit specialist David Handley. “I have more people get started in and get out of raspberries than any other crop I deal with.” People often see raspberries priced around $5 per

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Focusing on Fruit, Flower and Vegetable Production in High Tunnels Webinar

Focusing on Fruit, Flower and Vegetable Production in High Tunnels Webinar

This 90-minute webinar covers the following topics as they relate to increasing farm profitability and sustainability: season extension of tomato production winter vegetable production in high tunnels small fruit production in high tunnels floral production in high tunnels Watch it now. The webinar was presented by North

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Small Fruits Frequently Asked Questions

Small Fruits Frequently Asked Questions

1. Where can I purchase strawberry plugs? Where can I purchase strawberry plugs? The North Carolina Strawberry Association compiles a list of strawberry plant suppliers each year (click on Growers>Strawberry Plant Source List).  Other strawberry nurseries are listed at the end of this article about strawberry production

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High Tunnel Raspberries and Blackberries

High Tunnel Raspberries and Blackberries

Introduction Cornell and Pennsylvania State Universities are conducting research on high tunnel production to help northeastern berry growers capture a larger portion of the market for fresh berries through season extension methods. This publication, along with its counterpart, “Greenhouse Raspberries”, (http://www.fruit.cornell.edu/Berries/bramblehtml/ghrasp.html) presents current data generated by this

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Growing Strawberries in High Tunnels in Missouri

Growing Strawberries in High Tunnels in Missouri

Introduction Strawberries are one of the most popular fruit crops produced in Missouri. The typical field production season for this high-value crop is mid- to late May through June for matted row (open field) berries. High tunnels may give growers the opportunity to produce early-season or late

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