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Arkansas Fruit, Vegetable and Nut Update

Fusarium Wilt of Blackberry Confirmed in Arkansas

by Aaron Cato - September 21, 2023

Fusarium wilt is a new and devastating disease of blackberry that is present in California, Mexico, North Carolina, and now in Arkansas. See below for information on identifying and mitigating this disease.

Fusarium wilt is a disease that many Arkansas specialty crop growers are familiar with in watermelons, tomatoes, and other fruit and vegetable crops. This disease is caused by a soil dwelling fungus, Fusarium oxysporum, and can be very difficult to manage. Fusarium is known to persist in soils for several years and limit the ability of farmers to grow susceptible crops in those areas.