Raspberries & Blackberries

Dealing with broad mites on blackberries

Broad mite (Polyphagotarsonemus latus) has been a pest of tropical, subtropical and greenhouse crops for over a century, and has been problematic for pepper growers in Pennsylvania for the last couple of years. Now we... more »

NCSU wins grant to curb SWD

North Carolina State University (NCSU) has won a $6.7 million grant from USDA to undertake research and grower education efforts aimed at better managing a major new pest that causes hundreds of millions of dollars... more »

Penn State: Final SWD update for berry growers

Spotted wing drosophila is present just about anywhere we look these days —even in berry fields where fruit is no longer present. At this point, this mainly matters to growers of fall raspberries, blackberries, and... more »

University of Arkansas introduces the Prime-Ark Traveler blackberry

John R. Clark, professor of horticulture at the University of Arkansas, created a video to announce the university's new blackberry, Prime-Ark Traveler. Clark explains the new variety in the video below. — University of... more »

North American Raspberry & Blackberry Conference scheduled for March 2-4

The 2016 North American Raspberry & Blackberry Conference will be held in Colonial Williamsburg on March 2-4. An opening reception will be held on March 1, followed by a full-day tour on March 2 and... more »

What to do about SWD-infested fruit?

The SWD monitoring network Counties are all positive for SWD as of last week, Aug. 28. A lot of SWD are being caught in traps in research sites now with population numbers expected to climb... more »

Rotating trellis boosts profits for blackberry growers

A U.S. Department of Agriculture (USDA) scientist developed a specialized trellis system to help blackberry growers boost profits. Agricultural Research Service (ARS) horticulturist Fumiomi Takeda of the Appalachian Fruit Research Station in Kearneysville, West Virginia, developed a rotating... more »

Michigan spotted wing Drosophila report for July 28

This is the seventh weekly report of the Michigan State University Extension spotted wing Drosophila (SWD) monitoring network. Traps in the network are baited with Trece lures and placed near susceptible crops and wild hosts... more »


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