|Von July 5, 2013|
|Von July 17, 2013|
Last week we received a phone call from a large and long time blackberry grower here in NC. He has a 10 plant test plot of 'Von' and is comparing it to the 'Navajo', 'Ouachita' and 'Nachez' varieties from Arkansas. The extremely wet weather this summer has allowed him to make comparisons that we (NCSU) have not had the opportunity to make up to this time. The most important comparison is with 'Navajo' because it has a very similar harvest season to 'Von'. What the grower found is that 'Von' has much greater tolerance to wet weather (superior firmness) under these conditions compared to the three Arkansas varieties.