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Protection Against Pests

Unfortunately, there is limited information available on managing diseases and insect pests on plants that are fruiting in late-summer and early-fall when market prices are at a peak.  This study is also exploring the potential protective impact mineral particle film can have on management or reduction of disease and insects.

Anthracnose on Blackberry Fruit


is caused by the fungus Elsinoe veneta. Under favorable conditions, this disease can cause severe cane spotting, leaf drop, stunting, death of canes, poor quality fruit and low yields.

Anthracnose publication
Fireblight on Blackberry Plant


While fire blight is most common in pears and apples, it also affects raspberries and blackberries (Rubus spp.). Summer red raspberries cultivars K81-6 and Boyne are particularly susceptible. Losses result from berry necrosis and from tip dieback of primocanes. Fruit losses of 65 percent or more have been reported on thornless blackberries in Illinois.

Explore fireblight symptoms
Spotted Wing Drosophila in Organic Berry Crops

Spotted Wing Drosophila

Spotted wing drosophila (SWD) is an important insect pest of berry crops, including blueberries, blackberries, raspberries, strawberries, and cherries. SWD is native to Asia and was first detected in the mainland United States in California in 2008. It has since spread throughout the U.S. and has become the most economically important insect pest of berries.

Management Recommendations for Spotted Wing Drosophila in Organic Berry Crops