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Participants must register by April 22.
April 13, 2022
By Mary HightowerU of A System Division of Agriculture
(Newsrooms: with file art https://flic.kr/p/266VEPV )NEWPORT, Ark. — Have a favorite strawberry variety? That’s what the Jackson County
Extension Office wants to know through a six-variety consumer preference survey it’s
conducting this spring.
Matthew Davis, Jackson County extension staff chair for the University of Arkansas
System Division of Agriculture, is initiating the survey. The strawberries are being
grown as part of a variety trial to see which ones fare best under local conditions
in Arkansas. The plots are located at Bill’s Berries in Newport.
“While we test to see if these varieties are adaptable to Arkansas conditions, I’ll
be picking berries all season,” Davis said. “I thought it would be good information
to see which ones our local consumers prefer.”
Although anyone can participate, because of the delicate nature of the berries, Davis
said it would be best if the testers are within a 30-minute drive of Newport. Davis
is looking for between 100 and 500 participants.
How to participateTo participate, use this form to register by April 22, or until all the slots are filled.
Davis said he could arrange for pickup and delivery, within limits. For those who
live outside of the 30-minute drive radius, Davis said he could arrange with that
person to have the berries ready for them to pick up, or possibly ship.
“Each person who signs up will get six clamshells, each with a different variety,”
he said. “They will have a QR code. Testers will be asked to scan the code and answer
Two of the varieties being tested are so new, they don’t yet have a name. One of the
varieties is a standby that has proven itself suited to Arkansas’ growing conditions
and consumer tastes.
Davis said strawberry picking is expected to begin the last week of April and run
to the first week of June.
Taste test requirements
To learn more about Division of Agriculture research, visit the Arkansas Agricultural
Experiment Station website: https://aaes.uark.edu. Follow on Twitter at @ArkAgResearch. To learn more about the Division of Agriculture,
visit https://uada.edu/. Follow us on Twitter at @AgInArk. To learn about extension programs in Arkansas,
contact your local Cooperative Extension Service agent or visit www.uaex.uada.edu.
About the Division of Agriculture
The University of Arkansas System Division of Agriculture’s mission is to strengthen
agriculture, communities, and families by connecting trusted research to the adoption
of best practices. Through the Agricultural Experiment Station and the Cooperative
Extension Service, the Division of Agriculture conducts research and extension work
within the nation’s historic land grant education system.
The Division of Agriculture is one of 20 entities within the University of Arkansas
System. It has offices in all 75 counties in Arkansas and faculty on five system campuses.
The University of Arkansas System Division of Agriculture offers all its Extension
and Research programs to all eligible persons without regard to race, color, sex,
gender identity, sexual orientation, national origin, religion, age, disability, marital
or veteran status, genetic information, or any other legally protected status, and
is an Affirmative Action/Equal Opportunity Employer.
The University of Arkansas System Division of Agriculture is an equal opportunity/equal
access/affirmative action institution. If you require a reasonable accommodation to
participate or need materials in another format, please contact firstname.lastname@example.org as soon as possible. Dial 711 for Arkansas Relay.
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