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by Aaron Cato - October 16, 2020
The Southern Fruitcast is hosted by Aaron Cato and Amanda McWhirt, extension IPM and
production specialists for fruits and vegetables at the University of Arkansas. This
podcast aims is to cover the people, technology and latest developments in small fruit
production in the Southeast. These topics are covered each episode by interviewing
extension specialists, small fruit growers, or industry representatives to provide
relevant information on specific topics. Episodes can be found here.
The overall goal of using the podcast form of media is to provide insight and information
in a form of media that can be accessed while on the job. In addition to making this
easily digestible, we want to be certain that we are covering topics that are of major
interest and are especially relevant for small fruit growers and others that work
in that industry. To assure that we are hitting this mark, we are currently looking
for feedback on the episodes we’ve produced so far. Using the survey link below, please
answer the listed questions to help provide us feedback and to make future episodes
more relevant to your needs.
Click here for a short survey relating to the podcast.
See below for short descriptions about the most recent episodes of the Southern Fruitcast:
Ervin Lineberger, owner of Kildeer Farms in Kings Mountain, North Carolina, joins
us for episode 4. Ervin has been farming in the Southeast since the 1980s and is well
known as one of the most influential blackberry and muscadine growers in the region.
Ervin shares with us his experience with blackberries and muscadines, provides insight
into the future of muscadines as a commodity, and offers advice for growers who are
looking to tap into the small fruit market.
In episode 5 we are joined by Randy Arnold, owner of Arnold Farms in Alma, AR. Randy
and his family have operated a highly diverse farm for over 20 years and are well
known in the area for their “strawberry patch” which is an integral part of the community.
Randy shares with us his experience with marketing to local schools in farm-to-school
programs, as well his yearly on-farm festival called “fun on the farm” that hosts
1,000 students from area schools who visit the farm and learn about agriculture.
Dr. Guido Schnabel, a plant pathologist at Clemson, joins us for Episode 6. Guido
has a wealth of experience in strawberry disease management and provides excellent
insight that is highly relevant for Southeast growers. Topics discussed include fungicide
selection, common resistance issues, dip applications before planting, when to use
soil applied fungicides, options for fumigation, and much more. Also discussed is
the MyIPM app, which was developed by Guido and is a great source of information for
both growers and agents.