New Southeast Regional Caneberry Production Guide is available

In the Alabama Communicator

 Ann Chambliss

A new 2016 Southeast Regional Caneberry Production Guide is now available. It is a cooperative effort by Gina Fernandez, NC State University, David Lockwood at the University of Tennessee, Elena Garcia at the University of Arkansas and the Southern Region Small Fruit Consortium (SRSFC), and is published by NC State University. It replaces and much improves upon a 2008 Bramble Production Guide.

An online version that includes links to videos can be found at:

There are also two PDF versions. Both are 44 pages long and include all the text, color images, and figures that the online version has, but no videos. The PDF version that is a smaller file size (3.2 MB) is available at: A high resolution PDF version (12 MB) is available on request.

Chapters include Cultivars; Site Selection; Site Preparation, Planting, and Establishment; Plant Growth; Pruning and Training; Trellis Systems; Tunnel Production; Water Management; Integrated Pest Mangement and Pollination; Fertility Management; Fruit Development; Harvesting and Postharvest Management. Most of these have subsections, often with information divided between raspberries and blackberries and/or floricane-fruiting and primocane-fruiting types.

The Trellis Systems section, for example, describes six different trellis types, with excellent illustrations that pop out in a larger size when you click on them in the online version, as well two videos and a table of advantages and disadvantages of each type. The IPM section links to the SRSFC Integrated Management Guide, which is updated annually.

Other Production Guides

This guide is an excellent addition to the resources that growers rely on – and which are often useful far beyond their intended regions. Others include: Raspberry and Blackberry Production Guide for the Northeast, Midwest, and Eastern Canada (Cornell), available in book form from NARBA but also downloadable as a pdf Fresh Market Caneberry Production Manual (California), available as a book from NARBA The Mid-Atlantic Berry Guide for Commercial Growers (Penn State) online at

Several states also have pest management guides that include recommendations and approved products for their states, guides focusing specifically on high tunnel or greenhouse production, or other caneberry factsheets and information. Check out the NARBA website page “Links to Resources for Growers” in the “Growers” section for links to many of these.

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