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2019 Blackberry Field Day

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,…
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Reflections from this past strawberry season – Summer 2019

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 affected by at least one of those problems last season.
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Bunch Grape Chores – Summer 2019

Veraison is the transitional period of grape development when grapes begin to soften, and sugars and secondary flavor, color, and aroma compounds begin to accumulate. Grapes are said to be “ripening” starting at veraison. Knowing veraison may help you predict harvest date – especially if you have kept good records…
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Strawberry Chores – Summer 2019

Compiled by Mark Hoffmann, Small Fruits Extension Specialist, NC State University, Raleigh NC; and Barclay Poling, Prof. and Extension Specialist (retired), NC State University, Raleigh NC Summer: After season to pre-plant 2019 The most important strawberry chores for the summer are: removing plastic and old planting material, order your plants,…
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Muscadine Chores – Summer 2019

Compiled by Mark Hoffmann, Small Fruits Extension Specialist, NC State University, Raleigh JUNE – SEPTEMBER (Post-fruit Set – Veraison – Harvest) The main muscadine chores for this summer are: canopy management, weed management, disease and insect control and frequent scouting of your vineyard (minimum once a week) for insect, disease…
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Caneberry Chores – Summer 2019

This list was developed by Dr. Gina Fernandez, Small Fruit Specialist at NC State University. Chores and timing may be somewhat different in your area or for your cropping system. Plant growth and development Fruit development for floricane-fruiting types Rapid primocane growth Flower bud development for primocane-fruiting types later in…
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