Summer 2023

SMALL FRUIT NEWS – Vol. 23, No. 3
Published four times annually, Small Fruit News is sponsored by the Southern Region Small Fruit Consortium (SRSFC),

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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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