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Caneberry Checklist – Winter 2020

This checklist was originally developed for blackberry growers in North Carolina. You may have to adjust your work activities either earlier or later depending on your location. The winter of 2019-2020 has been exceptionally warm, last week at the SE Regional Fruit and Vegetable meetings Jan. 9-12 in Savannah, the…
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Small Fruit Breeding at the University of Arkansas

Compiled by John R. Clark, Distinguished Professor Exciting times! As most growers are aware, the development of new varieties is one of the key factors in successful fruit production. The continuation of breeding programs over many years is the way to sustain the flow of new varieties. Public programs (universities…
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Grape Chores – Winter 2020

Vines are generally at peak dormancy this time of year. The recent warm weather in late December/early January makes me question if this is currently true. Cold weather patterns are expected the third week of January. “Roller coaster” patterns of cold-warm-cold can cause the vines to prematurely de-acclimate during late…
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‘PONCA’ Thornless, Floricane-fruiting Blackberry

Compiled by John R. Clark, University of Arkansas In the last 20 years or so, I have focused substantially on sweeter berries, and also changes in plant form or architecture in blackberries. ‘Ponca’ is the most recent result of these areas of focus. It will have limited plant supply in…
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New Legal Requirements for Using Paraquat

Compiled by Wayne Buhler and Wayne Mitchem, Department of Horticultural Science Growers utilizing paraquat for non-selective POST weed control will have to adhere to new legal requirements to use this herbicide in 2020.  All herbicide products containing paraquat-dichloride (“paraquat”) are restricted-use pesticides marketed under various trade names (Gramoxone, Para-SHOT, Parazone,…
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