I was just forwarded this interesting article on the Mexican berry industry. In this article, industry leaders give some perspective to the massive (95%) increase in production during the past decade and some insight into future growth.
Thursday, August 30, 2012
Friday, August 24, 2012
|Figure 1. Rotating cross arm trellis in August.|
Earlier this spring, I posted a picture of a new trellis we are trialing at one of our research stations (http://teamrubus.blogspot.com/2012/05/rotating-cross-arm-trellis.html). Above is a picture taken on August 22, 2012. We have 3 cultivars on each section of this trellis, Apache, Ouachita and Von (aka NC430).
|Figure 2. Training of primocanes on wire.|
|Image 3. Close-up of training of primocanes on the horizontal wire. Photo: Fumi Takeda.|
Friday, August 17, 2012
So, are you looking for a new and improved black raspberry? Here is a bit of background information on a project we are working on with several other researchers and extension specialists in the US. In NC we have a student that will be evaluating a mapping population in the field that may have heat and aphid resistance.
Wednesday, August 1, 2012
Here are some key attributes of 'Von':
- In a replicated trial at the Piedmont Research Station in Salisbury NC, total yield of ‘Von’ was 12,017 g/plant (24063 lbs/acre).
- In that same trial, marketable yield of ‘Von’ was 10,704 g/plant (21,434 lbs/acre).
- Fruit of ‘Von’ is medium size (6.6 g) has smaller drupelet and seed size compared to other cultivars.
- ‘Von’ produces fruit in the late season, with average date of harvest commencing in the third week of June, peaking in the second week of July and ending the first week of August.
- ‘Von’ has a marketable post harvest score of 90.6, which is as good or better than the leading commercial cultivars.
- Soluble sugars content of ‘Von’ was 9.4% and pH was 3.57, traits that characterize ‘Von’ as sweet with low acid.
For list of nurseries propagating Von go to