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Brambles: Organic Production
A Southern-SARE funded study by the University of Arkansas found that high tunnels can increase berry yields, extend the season, and improve fruit quality, but that pest management can be a challenge. Extending the Market Season with High Tunnel Technology for Organic Fruit Production explored using high tunnel technology for earlier spring harvest of blueberries and blackberries, and to allow for an extended autumn production of primocane blackberries and raspberries. Southern SARE also reports that the researchers developed economic tools to help new and existing berry producers evaluate total production costs and production and marketing risks, determine potential returns, perform economic analyses, and prepare budgets. In addition, growers have access to a Sustainable Blackberry and Raspberry Self-Assessment Workbook to help guide their decision-making to improve overall farm sustainability.
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