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Spring Caneberry (Raspberry and Blackberry) Checklist 2021

By Dr. Gina Fernandez, Small Fruit Specialist at NC State University Spring 2021 has been WET in North Carolina, at this time, blackberry buds are just beginning to swell (see figure 1). Chores and timing may be somewhat different in your area or for your cropping system.   For IPM…
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Insects in the 2020 Blackberry Pest Management Strategic Plan

By Douglas G. Pfeiffer, Dept. of Entomology, Virginia Tech, Blacksburg VA 24061 In January 2020, at the Southern Fruit and Vegetable Conference, a group of berry specialists met to discuss current issues in blackberry culture and pest management. This was for the purpose of producing a Pest Management Strategic Plan, an effort…
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Spotted-Wing Drosophila, Drosophila suzukii (Matsumura): State of current management and recent research

By Douglas G. Pfeiffer, Dept. Entomology, Virginia Tech, Blacksburg VA 24060, Spotted-wing drosophila (SWD), Drosophila suzukii (Matsumura), was first introduced into the US in 2008, first reaching the western states from Asia.  It reached the Southeast in 2009, and continued to spread through much of the US through 2012,…
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Managing Broad Mite in Southeastern Caneberry Plantings

By Aaron Cato, Extension Specialist, Horticulture IPM, University of Arkansas The buzz about broad mite seems to have picked up across the Southeast after reports of significant infestations in North Carolina during the 2019 and 2020 growing seasons. Broad mite has been a known pest of Southeast blackberry plantings for…
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Blackberry Yellow Vein Disease

By Ioannis E. Tzanetakis, Professor and Director of the Arkansas Clean Plant Center – University of Arkansas Division of Agriculture Plants are not immune to viruses. Unlike many other pests and pathogens, once a plant is infected with a virus, it is infected for life. Blackberry is no exception. The…
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Raspberry & Blackberry Conference – Feb. 22-25, 2021

The 2021 North American Raspberry & Blackberry Conference will be held virtually on February 22-25, 2021.  The conference features more than 25 hours of presentations and panel discussions, plus posters, informal forums, and lots of opportunity for networking. Caneberry breeding receives special attention with eleven breeders and geneticists from around…
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2021 Muscadine Virtual Conference

North Carolina Muscadine Grape Association

A Muscadine Learning and Networking Opportunity! March 1-3, 2021 The North Carolina Muscadine Grape Association invites all muscadine growers and wineries to participate in its 2021 virtual conference March 1-3. A “Fundamentals of Muscadine Production” webinar is March 1. March 2 features sessions on production and wine making and March…
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