Raspberries & Blackberries

Columbia Star blackberry ready from Oregon State University

United kingdom-based berry and asparagus specialist, Global Plant Genetics, is launching the new blackberry variety Columbia Star. Bred at Oregon State University, the cultivar is an early season, floricane type, noted for its exceptional flavour.... more »

Berry tunnel production, consumers subjects of surveys

TunnelBerries researchers Kathy Kelley and Kathy Demchak, both Penn State University personnel, will administer two Internet surveys to learn about growers’ experiences with high and low tunnels and consumer behavior and attitudes toward tunnel production.... more »

Researchers testing blackberry trellis for feasibility in Arkansas

Researchers with the University of Arkansas System Division of Agriculture’s Fruit Research Station are looking at the potential for an innovative trellis system to increase overall blackberry production in the state. Amanda McWhirt, Extension horticulture... more »

Researchers hope to extend Northeast’s berry growing season

June marks the start of what many here in the Northeast believe is the sweetest part of summer — berry season. It's a time ripe with strawberry festivals, pick-your-own-berries and local farmers' markets. For berry... more »

Naturipe celebrates 100th anniversary

Naturipe Farms celebrated its one hundred year anniversary with the growers and staff of one of the company’s partner-owners, Naturipe Berry Growers (NBG), on Friday, May 5. The festivities were held at the Naturipe headquarters... more »

Berries thrive in high tunnels, but beware of pests

A University of Arkansas study has found that using high tunnels in berry production can increase yields, extend the harvest season and improve fruit quality compared to field production. However, care must be taken to... more »

Washington state raspberry growers feel the pinch

The Washington Red Raspberry Commission has responded to several growers’ concerns over disruption in the raspberry markets from imported raspberries. "There is concern that raspberries may be coming into the U.S. at prices that are below... more »

Researchers work to boost Michigan raspberry production

Though Michigan is a national leader in fruit production, some crops, such as raspberries, account for a relatively small percentage of the larger industry. The National Agricultural Statistics Service estimates that approximately 590 acres of... more »


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