New resources for raspberry and blackberry growers:
-High Tunnel Raspberries and Blackberries guide for growers
-Video Course for Commercial Blackberry Producers
High Tunnel Raspberries and Blackberries guide for growers
The High Tunnel Raspberries and Blackberries production guide is a new resource now available for berry growers. This guide includes information on site selection, tunnel construction, controlling environmental conditions, different production systems, plant selections, pest management considerations and determining a budget for your project. The information found in this guide is based on the research and experience from raspberry and blackberry high tunnel projects in the northeast US. This guide was written by Marvin Pritts, Laura McDermott, Lathy Demchak, Eric Hanson, Courtney Weber, AJ Both, Greg Loeb and Cathy Heidenrieich.
The guide is available on line at http://www.hort.cornell.edu/fruit/pdfs/high-tunnel-brambles.pdf
Video Course for Commercial Blackberry Producers
A self-guided video course on blackberry production is available on-line from the University of Arkansas. There are 4-5 videos for each season. Topics include the basics of blackberry production, pest management, trellising, pruning, and weed management. The videos were made as part of the Arkansas Blackberry School. These videos are targeted towards the Southeast US but could be interesting and informative for Ontario growers. Check out this link for more information and to view the videos: https://uaex.edu/farm-ranch/crops-commercial-horticulture/horticulture/commercial-fruit-production/blackberry-school.aspx
As usual when reviewing information from other regions assess each recommendation for local applicability.