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CLARKSVILLE, Ark. - There’s more at stake than fruit at the June 12 Blackberry Field
It’s an intensive, 360-degree look at the best ways to manage growth, insects, diseases
and the marketing of a crop that helps put food on the table for farmers.
The field day is being held at the University of Arkansas System Division of Agriculture
Fruit Research Station in Clarksville.
“We understand that whether you’re growing fruit, row crops or raising cattle, it’s
a three-dimensional job that requires three-dimensional problem solving,” said John
Clark, Division of Agriculture professor and internationally known fruit breeder.
“Our job as scientists and educators is to be sure we’re helping our growers solve
The field day, organized by Elena Garcia, extension horticulturist, begins with registration
at 2 p.m. and includes presentations with faculty from the University of Arkansas
System Division of Agriculture. On the agenda:
Also on the agenda is a presentation on trellis growing systems.
The University of Arkansas Blackberry Breeding Program, among the world’s largest
efforts on this native crop, is an example of the division’s work on behalf of growers.
Clark will be showing off new cultivars such as Osage, Natchez, Ouachita, Prime-Ark®
Freedom and potential offerings now under development.
“Blackberries are a great crop in Arkansas for local markets, pick-your-own and shipping,”
Clark said. “The best use of the varieties by growers and consumers will be discussed
at the workshop.”
At the business end is Dunaway, who will be highlighting the MarketMaker as a powerful
tool for any individual or entity who is a participant in the local food industry.
“We will be demonstrating the growing need and usefulness of MarketMaker as the local
food trend continues to expand,” she said.
There is a $20 registration fee that includes supper and educational materials. Deadline
to register is June 10. For information, contact Katie Hanshaw, 479-754-2406.
For more information about fruit production contact your county extension office or
The University of Arkansas System Division of Agriculture offers its programs to all
eligible persons regardless of race, color, national origin, religion, gender, age,
disability, marital or veteran status, or any other legally protected status, and
is an Equal Opportunity Employer.
By Mary HightowerThe Cooperative Extension ServiceU of A System Division of Agriculture
Media Contact: Mary HightowerDir. of Communication ServicesU of A Division of AgricultureCooperative Extension Service(501) firstname.lastname@example.org