Small Fruit News

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

  • Biostimulant beds during harvest season

    In the past few years, there’s been an increased interest in the use of biostimulants for improved crop production. Biostimulants are materials that can promote plant growth when applied in amounts so small that they do not provide much nutrition.

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  • Dr. Adhikari from LSU AgCenter giving a demonstration of different water treatment systems using a mobile water treatment unit. (Photo by Juan Moreira)

    Water is an essential resource for small fruit growers, as it is crucial for irrigation and post-harvest activities. In this article, we will provide an overview of various options available to commercial small fruit growers, as well as other measures to improve water quality.

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  • Basket of fresh strawberries

    Survey questions are related to grower-specific experiences, business information, and opinions about sustainability. The survey can be completed within 25 minutes.

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  • Strawberry greenhouse production (photo taken in North Carolina)

    Austin Wrenn, 3rd generation strawberry farmer, and the current president of the North Carolina Strawberry Association shares his experience as a strawberry grower and researcher, and his views on strawberry greenhouse production in the Southeastern US.

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  • Blackberry (Rubus spp.) is a popular fruit due to its delightful taste and notable health benefits.  The objective of this study was to determine the effectiveness of pre-harvest foliar treatments and shade application on yield, white drupelet disorder, post-harvest attributes and aroma profile of two blackberry varieties.

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  • Blueberry production in the Southern United States is greatly challenged by diseases like Botryosphaeria stem blight, which is caused by fungi pathogens in the family of Botryosphaeriaceae. Botryosphaeria stem blight can cause sudden wilting and chlorosis of leaves and stems, and in severe cases plant death.

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  • Most people who have grown strawberries or vegetables in the Southeast have had their experiences with slugs. These pests damage low-growing vegetable tissue and can be difficult to control. 

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  • Botrytis cinerea is a fungus that causes disease in many crops. Most notably, it causes gray mold of strawberry and Botrytis bunch rot of grape. On strawberries, infection can occur at bloom, while disease symptoms appear at fruit ripening or post-harvest.

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  • Organic fungicides are non-conventional products that are listed by the Organic Materials Review Institute and are generally accepted by organic reviewers as qualifying for use in organic production systems. The products evaluated in these blueberry trials include oils, plant or bacterial extracts, or biological control agents (microorganisms) as their active ingredient. 

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  • Many grape growers have had the experience of finding primary buds on their vines destroyed, leaving behind ragged remnants. Climbing cutworms are sporadic vineyard pests, mainly in sites with sandy soils, where they may completely strip the buds and young shoots in the early spring.

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