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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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A New Blackberry from Arkansas: ‘Prime-Ark® Horizon’

By John R. Clark, University of Arkansas A new blackberry has been released by the University of Arkansas System Division of Agriculture (UA), named Prime-Ark® Horizon. This is the sixth public primocane-fruiting variety from the UA breeding program. Although primocane fruiting does not hold substantial potential in the deep South,…
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Winter Blackberry Chores

By Dr. Gina Fernandez, North Carolina State University 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. For more detailed information, check the Southern Region Integrated Bramble Management Guide and the Southeast…
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Prime-Ark® Freedom Shows Local-Market Success

By John R. Clark, University of Arkansas Prime-Ark® Freedom was released in 2013 by the University of Arkansas, the first thornless, primocane-fruiting blackberry ever developed. At the time, I recommended it primarily for home-garden use along with possible local-market production. I gave this limited-use recommendation largely due to its yield…
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What do Consumers Like about Fresh-market Blackberries?

By Renee Threlfall, Research Scientist, Dept of Food Science, University of Arkansas At the University of Arkansas System (UA System) Division of Agriculture, 80 consumers looked at and tasted fresh-market blackberries to help us determine attributes they liked. The consumers looked at individual blackberries and preferred oblong, large blackberries as…
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Top-Performing Arkansas Blackberry Receives Horticultural Science Group’s Outstanding Fruit Cultivar Award

Ouachita a 2003 release from Division of Agriculture fruit breeding program  By Fred Miller – July 28, 2020  Ouachita blackberry, a 2003 thornless variety from the University of Arkansas System Division of Agriculture, received the Outstanding Fruit Cultivar Award from the Fruit Breeding Professional Interest Group of the American Society of Horticultural Science. …
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Botrytis Sampling for Fungicide Resistance Development

Dr. Phil Brannen, Extension Fruit Disease Specialist, Plant Pathology, University of Georgia Many of the fungicides utilized for Botrytis management are no longer efficacious due to resistance development in this fungus. Now is a great time to collect Botrytis samples for fungicide-resistance testing. While the funds last, Botrytis resistance testing…
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