Raspberries & Blackberries

RosBREED prioritizes disease resistance

The focus of RosBREED 2, a program to produce better-tasting fruit that resists storage problems and other challenges, is disease resistance. A $10-million, five-year grant from USDA is driving the... more

Cornell breeder releases two new raspberries

Cornell University recently released two new raspberry varieties, Crimson Night and Double Gold. Crimson Night was selected in 2003 for its “heavy crop lo... more

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Raspberry council schedules first meeting

The National Processed Raspberry Council will hold its first meeting June 3-4 in Seattle.The council will administer the new Processed Raspberry Promo... more »

Spotted wing drosophila here to stay

The spotted wing drosophila (SWD) is now established throughout the United States. A native of Asia, the invasive pest of berries, stone fruit, grapes... more »

New raspberry council formed

Agriculture Secretary Tom Vilsack recently appointed 23 representatives to serve on the first Processed Raspberry Council. Members and their alternate... more »

New invasive fruit fly discovered in Pennsylvania

Zaprionus indianus Gupta, commonly known in Brazil as the African fig fly (AFF), is an invasive species that was recently found in Pennsylvania for th... more »

SWD doing significant damage to berries

Spotted wing drosophila (SWD) hit Michigan hard in 2012. Worst off were fall red raspberry growers, who had to deal with wormy berries and customer co... more »

New varieties diversify blueberry offerings

Anyone who grows backyard blueberries knows that some of the berries may turn pink before they finally ripen to a familiar dusty blue. When a Pink Lem... more »

Group asks for input about Spotted Wing Drosophila

The Northeast IPM Spotted Wing Drosophila Working Group (headed up by Greg Loeb at Cornell Univ.), is gathering information on the level crop damage t... more »

Cider apples might work for Washington growers

Where can hard cider connoisseurs roam the countryside, traveling from estate to estate and sampling the artisan crafts of local producers? Western Wa... more »

Consumers in the East want local berries

The buy-local movement is still boosting berry sales, especially for growers in the East. And despite all the growth in farm market, farmers’ ma... more »

SWD guidelines for management and control in berry production

The 2012 fruit growing season is nearing conclusion almost a month ahead of previous years due to unusual climatic conditions that prevailed for most ... more »


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