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Periodical cicada is coming!

Compiled by Doug Pfeiffer, Department of Entomology, Virginia Tech, Blacksburg VA 24011 This year (and next) we expect in parts of our southeastern region, one of the most predictable fruit pests we have – periodical cicada! Periodical cicada will have major outbreaks in Virginia in 2020 and 2021.  This pest…
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Spotted lanternfly – Watch for a new invasive pest!

Compiled by Doug Pfeiffer, Department of Entomology, Virginia Tech, Blacksburg VA 24061 Spotted lanternfly is a new invasive pest so far restricted to the mid-Atlantic states. As it expands its range, it has entered the northern part (Virginia) of our Southeastern region. It is likely to expand considerably. While grape…
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Upcoming Events

Alabama “Q&A FRIDAY!” This event will be done every Friday 11:30 AM to 12:30 PM. A Facebook live event covering all things Horticulture. The event can be accessed through the team’s Facebook page. Tennessee “Fruits of the Backyard,” June 9. (in-person and virtual tours are planned) Get more information. “Steak…
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Caneberry Checklist – Winter 2020

This checklist was originally developed for blackberry growers in North Carolina. You may have to adjust your work activities either earlier or later depending on your location. The winter of 2019-2020 has been exceptionally warm, last week at the SE Regional Fruit and Vegetable meetings Jan. 9-12 in Savannah, the…
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Small Fruit Breeding at the University of Arkansas

Compiled by John R. Clark, Distinguished Professor Exciting times! As most growers are aware, the development of new varieties is one of the key factors in successful fruit production. The continuation of breeding programs over many years is the way to sustain the flow of new varieties. Public programs (universities…
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Grape Chores – Winter 2020

Vines are generally at peak dormancy this time of year. The recent warm weather in late December/early January makes me question if this is currently true. Cold weather patterns are expected the third week of January. “Roller coaster” patterns of cold-warm-cold can cause the vines to prematurely de-acclimate during late…
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‘PONCA’ Thornless, Floricane-fruiting Blackberry

Compiled by John R. Clark, University of Arkansas In the last 20 years or so, I have focused substantially on sweeter berries, and also changes in plant form or architecture in blackberries. ‘Ponca’ is the most recent result of these areas of focus. It will have limited plant supply in…
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