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Bramble Opportunities. Bramble industry in NC: -100 acres 1996 -150 acres 2002 (approx) -90% blackberries -Arkansas varieties

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  • Bramble Opportunities
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  • Bramble industry in NC: -100 acres 1996 -150 acres 2002 (approx) -90% blackberries -Arkansas varieties
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  • Brambles are good for you..
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  • Terminal market prices
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  • Market opportunities PYO and pre-pick on farm Restaurants Grocery chains Local markets Processing Specialty markets
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  • Brambles are Specialty Crops
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  • Value Added Potential
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  • Marketable yield (lbs/plant)
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  • Climatic requirements Raspberries Cool summers, sustained cold winter temperatures Blackberries High temperatures, tolerates fluctuating winter temperatures
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  • Cultivars Select cultivar for local conditions and markets Test new cultivars on limited basis to observe performance
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  • Raspberry varieties by region Mountains and foothills Reveille, Latham, Citadel, Mandarin, Autumn Bliss, Cherokee, Summit, Red Wing, Heritage, Ruby, Nordic, Nova, Caroline, Josephine, Anne?? Piedmont Southland, Dormanred, Mandarin Heritage, Caroline, Josephine, Anne?? Coastal Plain Dormanred
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  • Blackberry varieties by region Mountains and foothills Brazos, Cherokee, Cheyenne, Darrow, Navaho, Apache, Ouachita and Chickasaw??? Piedmont and Coastal Plain all of the above and Arapaho, Apache, Black Satin, Boysenberry, Chester, Chickasaw, Choctaw, Comanche, Hull, Kiowa, Ouachita, Shawnee
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  • Inputs: Plants Irrigation equipment Chemicals Trellis Pruning supplies Picking containers Labor
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  • Labor INTENSIVE Planting Pest and weed control Pruning and training Harvest
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  • Viruses!
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  • Planting stock Plugs (from TC), handles, suckers, root cuttings, tips, transplants Good quality,reputable source,disease free, true-to-type Certified plants Virus indexed, grown in conditions to limit virus infection, superior growth, derived from tissue culture plants Place orders early Fall or spring planting
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  • Nurseries selling brambles http://www.ces.ncsu.edu/depts/hort/hil/s mfruit-index.html http://www.smallfruits.org/nurserycomm database.xls http://www.aragriculture.org/commhort/fr uits/Blackberries/licensedprop.asp
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  • For more information Web sites NCCES http://www.ces.ncsu.edu/depts/hort/hil/ (blackberry and raspberry HILs) http://web.vaes.vt.edu/VAES/Publications/vaesnum pubs.html AG publications (NCCES) Growing raspberries in North Carolina Blackberry production in North Carolina (out of print, but on WWW)
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  • For more information Grower organizations North American Bramble Growers Association (www.nabga.com) Other publications Commercial Bramble Culture, Univ. Georgia (www.smallfruits.org)www.smallfruits.org Brambles - Production Management and Marketing Bulletin 782-99 Ohio State Univ. http://ohioline.osu.edu/b782/index.html Bramble Production Guide NRAES, 152 Riley Robb Hall, Cooperative Extension, Ithaca, NY 14853 607-255-7654
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