Ohio Commercial Berry Production School is March 14
PIKETON, Ohio – Berry growers
looking for ways to diversify their farming operations can learn the practical
and essential skills needed to be successful in the blueberry, blackberry,
raspberry and strawberry industries at a workshop held by Ohio State University
horticulture and viticulture experts March 14.
The program is from 9:30
a.m.-3:30 p.m. at the OSU South Centers’ Endeavor Center, 1862 Shyville Road,
The workshop is designed to
help growers expand their knowledge base to increase their profit potential as
well as learn tips to help increase yield, said
Gary Gao, an Ohio State University Extension specialist and associate professor
of small fruit crops at OSU South Centers.
of the areas we’ll look at is blueberry, blackberry and grape pruning, offering
growers a chance for hands-on learning,” he said. “Knowing when to prune and
how to prune, as well as what to prune, is very important for commercial
production to improve fruit quality.
“With pruning, especially with
newer growers, sometimes people are afraid to cut because once they cut, they can’t glue it back on.”
fruit crops are known to over-produce in a typical year, Gao said, so growers
need to be aware that if they don’t prune on a yearly basis, it can result in
high quantity but lower quality fruits.
the key, he said, is to be aware of what and how much to cut.
for example, have a lot of flower buds and it’s important to know which ones to
keep, such as the healthier, stronger buds, and which ones to remove,” Gao
said. “There’s a lot of science and art involved to know which buds to choose
and how much to cut so you don’t reduce yields too much.
“Because pruning can be challenging for any grower, we’ll
offer very detailed information.”
The workshop will also provide information on how to grow
plasticulture strawberries, which is a relatively new growing procedure, information
on wine grape production, and guidance on how growers can get started in
blackberry and raspberry production, he said.
with OSU Extension and the Ohio Agricultural Research and Development Center
(OARDC) will conduct the workshop, including horticulture specialist
Brad Bergefurd; research
assistant in horticulture and crops science, Scott Wolfe; viticulture outreach
specialist Dave Scurlock; and Gao.
- Commercial Blueberry Production
- Plasticulture Strawberry Production
- Blackberry and Raspberry Production Systems
- Weed Control in Bramble Production
- Grape Pruning
- Blueberry Pruning
Participants will also get to
experience hands-on pruning demonstrations outdoors, Gao said.
Registration for the workshop
is $20 and includes the program, handouts, lunch, and refreshments. Contact Charissa
McGlothin at 740-289-2071 ext. 132 to register. The
deadline to register is March 8.
740-289-2071, ext. 123