Small Fruit News

The Southern Region Small Fruit Consortium posts articles and sends the SMALL FRUIT NEWS to subscribers four times annually.
 

  • The North Carolina Muscadine Conference will be held January 17-18, 2020 in Kenansville, N.C. The conference features a workshop for novice producers, a tour and reception at Duplin Winery, and educational sessions on both production and marketing. Keynote speaker Dr. Patricia Gallagher of Wake Forest Medical School will present the exciting results of her team’s…

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  • UPDATE 11/26/19:  View videos and slideshows from the 2019 Blueberry School The Southern Region Small Fruit Consortium is hosting the 2019 Blueberry School Webinar Series, an in-service training program focused on the basics of blueberry production. Registration for the webinar series is restricted to cooperative extension agents in the Southeastern United States. Registration is free,…

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  • Compiled by Gina Fernandez, Small Fruit Specialist, North Carolina State University [card title=”Upcoming Meetings”] Make plans to attend grower meetings! Blackberries and raspberries are part of all of these programs. Southeast Regional Fruit & Vegetable Conference and Tradeshow January 9-12, 2020, at the Savannah International Trade and Convention Center, Savannah, GA North American Raspberry &…

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  • [card title=”UGA Extension Viticulture Blog”] For timely updates on vineyard management, events, regional weather and more, please subscribe to the UGA Extension Viticulture Blog. [/card] Reflection on past: The 2019 vintage was warm and dry throughout the southeastern (and most of the eastern) U.S. The 2019 vintage was highly divergent from that of the previous…

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  • Compiled by Mark Hoffmann, NC State University The main muscadine chores for the rest of the year 2019 are: finish harvest, soil testing, scouting for damages, disease control, prepare pruning. OCTOBER 2019 Harvest: We had a year with exceptional high yields, and some varieties were producing for a longer period of time, and more fruit…

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  • Compiled by Mark Hoffmann and Barclay Poling, NC State University Grower’s Checklist OCTOBER 2019 Planting Check plants for possible biological (insects and diseases) and physiological (nutrient) disorders prior to planting and treat appropriately or do not plant if Anthracnose is detected. Consult your extension agent if plants appear unhealthy. Get diagnosis if disease is suspected.…

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  • Compiled by Dr. Elina Coneva, Fruit Crops Extension Specialist and Professor, Department of Horticulture, Auburn University Pierce’s Disease (PD) is a serious threat to the cultivation of grapes in the United States, especially in the warmer southern regions. Recently the UC Davis grape breeding program has developed new European (Vitis vinifera) grape selections with resistance…

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  • Compiled from IR-4 personnel and NCSU CALS News (July 26, 2019) After more than 55 years at Rutgers University, the IR-4 Program will be moving its headquarters to NC State University over the next two years.  A recent agreement between IR-4 and NCSU became effective on October 1, 2019, allowing for the first few employees…

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  • The 2019 Blackberry Field Day will be held Friday, September 13, 2019 from 10:00 a.m. to 4:00 p.m. at the Mountain Horticultural Crops Research and Extension Center, 455 Research Drive, Mills River, N.C. Sponsored by the NC Commercial Blackberry and Raspberry Growers Association, participants can take part in field tours, complimentary lunch, research updates, equipment…

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  • This past annual hill plasticulture season in the Southeast was quite rough, characterized by a late start to the season, high disease pressure, often lower yields and an unfavorable berry market, facing low prices due to competition. While not every grower experienced all four of those factors, we rarely found a farm which was not…

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