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Arkansas Blackberry School

Learn how to produce commercial blackberries in Arkansas.

The following is a self guided video course on the basics of commercial blackberry production. The four classes cover the major management activities and crop developments that happen in each season of the year. Follow along to learn how to set up, manage and grow your blackberry operation. 

These recordings were made as a part of the Arkansas Blackberry school, a four part class held in Clarksville Arkansas in 2017. Funding was provided by the Southern Region Small Fruit Consortium. 


  1. Basics of Blackberry Production with Dr. Amanda McWhirt
  2. Variety Selection with Dr. John Clark
  3. Pesky Winter Pests with Dr. Jackie Lee
  4. How To: Winter Pruning  with Taunya Ernst


  1. Blackberry Fertility Management and Trellising with Dr. Amanda McWhirt
  2. Spotted Wing Drosophila and Broad mite Management in Blackberry with Dr. Donn Johnson
  3. Pesky Spring Pests with Dr. Jackie Lee
  4. How To: Spotted Wing Drosophila ID and trapping in Blackberry with Dr. Donn Johnson


  1. Summer Tipping, Fruit Disorders and Irrigation of Blackberry with Dr. Amanda McWhirt

  2. High Tunnel Blackberry Production with Dr. Elena Garcia

  3. Consumer Preferences and Postharvest Handling with Dr. Renee Threlfall

  4. Early Summer Pruning of Floricane Blackberries with Taunya Ernst


  1. Interactive Fruit Budgets with Leah English and Dr. Jennie Popp
  2. Produce Safety with Dr. Amanda Perez
  3. Weed Management in Blackberry with Dr. Nilda Burgos
  4. Soil and Plant Tissue Nutrient Sampling of Blackberry with Dr. Amanda McWhirt
  5. How To Identifying Anthracnose in Blackberry with Sherrie Smith

Learn More about Blackberry Production

Where can I buy Arkansas developed varieties of blackberry plants?

Video Descriptions of Varieties with Dr. John Clark 

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