Raspberries & Blackberries

Excessive rain promotes Phytophthora diseases in raspberries, strawberries

In a rainy year, there is a higher risk of diseases caused by Oomycetes, also called “water molds,” especially Phytophthora species, which thrive in waterlogged soils and areas with standing water for periods of time.... more »

First spotted wing Drosophila detected for 2015

The Michigan State University Extension spotted wing Drosophila(SWD) monitoring network detected the first SWD in traps baited with commercial lures late last week in Berrien and Benzie counties. The Berrien County detection was from a... more »

Assistance in raspberry virus diagnosis offered

In recent years, an increasing number of raspberry growers have reported seeing berries that are smaller than usual, misshapen and crumbly when harvested, particularly in older fields. They may have been of such poor quality... more »

MSU tips for better blueberry weed control

Blueberry growers have several long-residual herbicides available for use in first-year and established plantings. Complete weed control is critical the first year to ensure high survival rates and quick establishment. Weed competition or herbicide injury... more »

MSU publishes Michigan regional fruit reports

Here are Michigan's regional fruit reports for April 7, courtesy of Michigan State University Extension.West MichiganWeather. A bit similar to 2014, spring is slow to arrive in 2015. Fruit growers tend to be pleased with... more »

Talkin’ Shop: Climate change

Fruit Growers News recently asked its readers: How are you adapting to the changing climate? Some of the responses appeared on Page 47 of the April issue. The full list of responses is below. In... more »

Winter damage likely to Pennsylvania berries

The question that seems to be on every berry grower’s mind is how much winter injury occurred this winter. This, of course, depends on the crop.StrawberriesI expect that we will see injury in some locations,... more »

NARBA awards Iowa couple

During its annual meeting in February, the North American Raspberry & Blackberry Association (NARBA) awarded Dean and Judy Henry of Nevada, Iowa, the organization’s 2015 Distinguished Service Award.Dean and Judy Henry have been growing berries... more »

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