Resources for Small Fruit
|Rose Scale||Apr 22, 2022||3104-1565 (ENTO-501NP)|
|Virginia Virtual Farm to Table: Strawberries||Jul 6, 2020||4H-909NP|
|A Longer Marketing Life for Blackberry and Raspberry Fruit||
Caneberries, which include blackberries and raspberries, must be picked when the berries are ripe or nearly ripe to ensure quality. Their thin fruit skin, high respiration rate, and high ethylene production make these berries extremely susceptible to postharvest losses. Although both raspberries and blackberries are considered “soft” fruits, raspberries are slightly more perishable in nature. The raspberry fruit is susceptible to greater moisture loss and fungal infection because of its lack of an outer protective covering (cuticle) and the fact that the raspberry fruit is left with a cavity in the center when detached from the plant.
|Dec 7, 2020||423-701 (SPES-272P)|
|Small Fruit in the Home Garden||
As a general rule, plant selection and production area in a home garden should be limited to what you can properly care for. It is better to have a small, welltended planting area rather than a large, neglected one. Small fruits offer certain advantages over fruit trees for home culture because small fruits require less space for the amount of fruit produced, and they bear fruit one or two years after planting. Success with small-fruit planting will depend on the attention given to all phases of production, including crop and variety selection, site selection, soil management, fertilization, pruning, and pest management.
|May 5, 2022||426-840 (SPES-399P)|
|Supermarkets as Alternative Market Outlets for Virginia-Grown Berries||Feb 28, 2019||448-508 (SPES-121NP)|
|Taste of Farming: Small Fruit Production||Apr 4, 2022||ALCE-296-14|
|Taste of Farming: Strawberry Production||Apr 4, 2022||ALCE-296-15|
|Identification and Management of Spotted-Wing Drosophila in Virginia Berry Crops||Jul 14, 2020||ENTO-387NP|
|Evaluation of Blackberry Varieties in Virginia||May 6, 2022||HORT-226P (SPES-400P)|
|Mixed Infection of Strawberry Mottle Virus and Strawberry Mild Yellow Edge Virus in the Southeastern United States||Apr 17, 2023||HORT 268P (SPES-488P)|
|Shoppers Guide for Berry Plants in the Mid-Atlantic and the Carolinas||Apr 5, 2023||HORT-270NP (SPES-481NP)|
|Weed Management in Small Fruit Crops||
For small fruit growers, weed management is one of the greatest challenges they will face to successfully grow these crops. Factors such as climate, new weed species, weed species shifts, and years of agricultural activity have come together to select for weed species that are aggressive and persistent. Without management, weeds compete with crops for light, nutrients, and water, resulting in reduced vegetative growth of the crop plant, poor fruit quality and lower yield. Stressed crops are also more susceptible to disease and insect infestations, while excessive weed growth itself creates higher humidity in the crop foliage, enhancing disease spread and inviting unwanted insects. Weed management principles for the perennial small fruit crops are similar, with the exception of strawberries in the annual system. Grapes, brambles, blueberries and matted row strawberries are considered permanent plantings in which weed management must be addressed throughout the life of the planting. When compared to annual crops, perennial culture is a greater challenge, as weeds need to be managed through all seasons and perennial weed species increase in numbers and diversity. Understanding seasonal weed thresholds, and integrating cultural and chemical management becomes even more important in the year-round culture.
|Aug 9, 2023||HORT-286NP (SPES-513NP)|
|Results for the 2017 VSU Blueberry Variety Field Trial||Mar 20, 2019||SPES-108NP|
|A Survey of Strawberry Production Practices in Virginia||Aug 12, 2019||SPES-150P|
|Frost/Freeze Protection in Strawberry||Aug 27, 2018||SPES-56NP|
|Blackberry Fruit: Nutrition Facts and Health Benefits||Mar 16, 2022||SPES-366P|
|Basic melon (Cucumis melo L.) physiology and morphology||
Understanding the fundamental aspects of melon physiology and morphology is essential for optimizing its cultivation, improving yield, and enhancing fruit quality. This document provides a concise overview of the key physiological and morphological characteristics of the basic melon plant, highlighting its growth and development processes. The physiological aspects encompass various essential factors that influence melon growth, including photosynthesis, water relations, nutrient uptake and assimilation, and hormone regulation. Melon plants exhibit distinct physiological responses to environmental stimuli such as light, temperature, and water availability, which directly impact their growth, flowering, and fruiting. An understanding of these physiological processes aids in implementing appropriate cultivation practices and management strategies for maximizing melon productivity.
|Jun 9, 2023||SPES-507NP|
|VCE Ag Today: Preparing for Strawberry Harvest||Apr 9, 2021||VCE-1027-44NP|