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The Fruit and Nut Compass
The Fruit and Nut Compass is a farm business planning tool to help both new and experienced producers project the financial costs and returns from an enterprise focused on perennial crops.
Direct Marketing Non-Traditional, Perennial Berries
Three Wisconsin farmers shared information about non-traditional berries with producers and consumers.
Sustainable Pest Management Approaches for Raspberry Growers
Spotted wing Drosophila (SWD) (Drosophila suzukii) is a gnat-sized fly that will damage ripe or ripening fruits such as raspberries, strawberries, and blueberries. Heather Leach, a Michigan State University graduate student in Rufus Isaacs’ Berry Crops Entomology lab says that in 2014, SWD caused estimated economic losses of $159 million in U.S. raspberry production (Burrack […]
Sustainable Agriculture Solutions for Appalachia: Mulberry Agroforestry
Mulberry is an extremely adaptable, vigorous deciduous tree species found worldwide from the humid tropics, to semi-arid lands, from mountain tops to the hills of Appalachia.
Developing Commercial Elderberry Production in Minnesota
Elderberries are a rapidly growing specialty crop in the Midwest. They have multiple functions in a cropping system because they are perennial, ornamental, a wildlife food source, and they can be planted in low-lying wet areas as a buffer. They can be used to produce value-added products like jams, jellies, wines, and juices. Christopher Patton […]
Researchers Aim to Conserve Bees for Michigan Berry Growers
When developing risk management strategies, more and more farmers are concerned with native bee habitat preservation. We know that 70 percent of the world’s flowering plants, including more than two-thirds of the world’s crop species, rely on pollinators to reproduce. In a state that leads nationwide production of blueberries and tart cherries, researchers at the […]
Farmer Seeks Improved Growth and Survival of Transplants with Mycorrhizae and/or Compost Additions
Mychorriza is a beneficial fungus that has a symbiotic relationship with the roots of plants. Studies have shown that mycorrhizal inoculation helps plants in soils with heavy metals and that are low in nutrients. It also helps plants take up nutrients and moisture by increasing the surface area of the root systems up to 700 […]
As opportunities have emerged to increase both the production and processing of elderberries across the value chain, the historically medicinal plant is gaining popularity among farmers. With the resurgence of elderberry cultivation in the North Central region and the rest of the United States, NCR-SARE has funded a variety of projects featuring elderberries.