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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Bramble group requests proposals

The North American Bramble Growers Research Foundation is the research branch of the North American Raspberry and Blackberry Association. The 2012 Req... more »

Spotted Wing Drosophila found in six east Michigan counties this fall

Monitoring for Spotted Wing Drosophila (SWD) in fruit crops in east Michigan throughout the fall has detected this pest in six additional counties in ... more »

Fruit growers have a lot to learn at the 2011 Great Lakes EXPO

This year’s Great Lakes Fruit, Vegetable and Farm Market EXPO will offer a variety of educational sessions and special events. There should be s... more »

Healthy living boosting small fruit sales

Research showing the health benefits of eating small fruit is making for a bright picture for berry production going into the next several decades, sa... more »

Changing consumer demand affects small fruit

A lot has changed for small fruit over the last few decades, but those changes were quite different, depending on the crop. Strawberries The biggest c... more »

Dealing with flooded berry fields

Record-breaking rains in the East have left many berry growers with unmarketable crops. What had been shaping up to be a decent season for fall raspbe... more »

Hurricane Irene fruit crop damage not as bad as feared

Fruit growers in the Eastern United States seem to have been spared much of the damage that was feared from Hurricane Irene when it came to land Aug. ... more »

Spotted Wing Drosophila catches are picking up

Widespread monitoring in commercial fruit farms across Michigan by Michigan State University research and Extension staff has so far detected spotted ... more »

First spotted wing Drosophila trapped in a commercial fruit crop

A single spotted wing Drosophila (SWD) has been trapped in a commercial Michigan fruit crop. This first detection in a crop field for the 2011 growing... more »

Robinette’s Turns 100 – Switching to retail helps farm market last a century

Jim Robinette’s passion for his family history is obvious – and why shouldn’t he be proud? Five generations of his family have been ... more »


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