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Arkansas' climate allows for the production of a wide variety of healthy and delicious,
high market value perennial fruits and pecans.
Knowledgeable specialists and county Extension agents are available to assist you with your questions.
The Division of Agriculture's Technology Commercialization Office (TCO) helps faculty and research scientists with the University of Arkansas System
identify, protect, and commercialize intellectual property developed from their research
or other university supported activities.
To set up a license to propagate fruit cultivars developed by the University of Arkansas,
please contact: email@example.com or Cheryl Nimmo at (479) 575-3953.
If you are purchasing these plants to propagate and resell, you must be a licensed
propagator with the Division of Agriculture of the University of Arkansas System.
Contact Cheryl Nimmo at firstname.lastname@example.org for more information about licensing.
U of A System Licensed Fruit Propagators PDF maintained by the TCO.
University of Arkansas System Division of Agriculture Fruit Cultivars and Growing
InformationWebsite maintained by TCO; includes current and expired patents for blackberries,
blueberries, nectarines, peaches, table grapes and wine grapes.
Commercial blackberry production resources.
Commercial pecan production resources.
Commercial blueberry production resources.
Commercial grape production resources.
Commercial tree fruit resources.
Commercial peach and nectarine resources.
How to use high tunnels for grape production.
Strawberry, blackberry, and blueberry webinars.
Resources for movable blackberry trellising systems.
Selecting the correct fruit cultivars can determine the success of your orchard.
The commercial success of a fruit orchard is highly dependent on the selection of
cultivars which will perform reliably for the selected site and location and meet
market demands. When selecting cultivars for your orchard you must consider the following:
Climatic adaptability of the cultivarsThe cultivars you select need to be adapted to the climatic conditions for your geographic
location. Pay close attention to the information given by the nursery catalogs such
as USDA winter hardiness zones and chilling requirements. Arkansas has six hardiness
zones (6a -8a). If your orchard is located in a colder area of the state (USDA hardiness
zones 6a or 6b), you need to select cultivars that are adapted to the colder winter
temperatures. If you are in the southern part of then you must select fruit cultivars
with lower chilling requirement hours.
Time of bloom and days to harvestYou can select early, mid and late season cultivars to extend or concentrate the season
to match a specific market. However, care must be taken to make sure that you do not
select cultivars that bloom too early, especially in crops such peaches because there
might be a danger of frost damage to the blooms. For fruit that require cross pollinationsuch as apples and pears, the time of bloom of the cultivars must coincide in order
to have viable pollen.
Pest resistanceOne way to decrease the number of pesticide sprays you apply to your orchard is by
selecting cultivars that have some resistance to the major diseases in your area.
Watch Video on how to prune thornless blackberries
Watch video on how to prune apple trees in Arkansas
Watch video on how to prune peach trees in Arkansas
Season extension/off season production
Reduced moisture on foliage from rainfall and dew
– Lower disease potential
Increased growth rates and production
– Increased heat unit accumulation and retention– More even light distribution– Reduced plant stress
Exclude insect pests and some animals
– Plant health and food safety
Controlled water application
Higher quality products
The Potential for High Tunnels presentation by Dr. Curt Rom & Dr. Elena Garcia | Division of Agriculture | University
of Arkansas System
High Tunnel Construction and Selection Considerations presentation by David A. Dickey and Jason D. McAfee | Division of Agriculture | University
of Arkansas System
High Tunnels or Hoop Houses Education Southern SARE
Marketing Your Products Directly (FSA31)by Arkansas ExtensionThis publication shows you how to market your products directly and legal considerations.
Commodity Markets by Arkansas ExtensionThis site provides various links to cash market prices, futures market prices, USDA
reports, market commentary and analysis, and other market related analysis.
Arkansas Grown by Arkansas Agriculture DepartmentThis website was developed by the Arkansas Agriculture Department (AAD) to help potential
buyers locate Arkansas producers. Any resident of Arkansas who produces an agricultural
product in our state may, at no charge, list their marketing information here. AAD
may also make this information available for distribution in other formats.
Agricultural Marketing Serviceby USDAThis site provides information on the various AMS programs, discusses current hot
topics in agriculture, and provides various web resources to assist producers.
Farmers' Markets and Local Food Marketingby USDA Agricultural Marketing Service
National Organic Program by USDA Agricultural Marketing ServiceNational Organic Program page that supplies links for certifying agents, consumer
information, NOP regulations and policies, producers, handlers, and processors, and
state information as well as a link to the National Organics Standards Board.
Food & Farm Policy by Arkansas ExtensionThe Agricultural and Food Policy webpages are developed as a resource to help users
increase their understanding of public decision making by providing sources of information,
data, analysis and news on public issues impacting Arkansas' agricultural and rural
Legal and Business Guide by University of Arkansas System's Division of AgricultureThis book includes chapters on contract laws, food safety, food labeling, agricultural
labor, business organizations and the application of the Perishable Agricultural Commodities
Act. In addition, since the industry is also confronted by other unique challenges
that directly affect competitiveness, it also includes a chapter addressing the marketing
of various types of specialty crops and one discussing the third-party audit system.
Farmdoc - Law & Taxation by University of IllinoisThe educational materials provided on this site can assist producers, as well as others,
in understanding the impact of laws and regulations on agri-related decisions and
activities. Topics on this site include: Agricultural Biotechnology, Selling Agricultural
Products, Acquiring Farmland, Water, Natural Resources & Environment, Labor Law, and
Farm Labor Laws and Regulationsby Ohio State UniversityThis site provided by Ohio State University gives a summary of labor laws and regulations
that affect agriculture.