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The grower planted a 300 foot row of 100 Prime-Ark® Traveler primocane-fruiting blackberry plants, added wood chip mulch, an irrigation system and tied primocane to the V-trellis system as each reached a wire. This blackberry producer has expressed an interest in commercial production of primocane-fruiting blackberry cultivars. 

Farm Pictures

 

BlueberriesBlueberries on the stem. Blueberry bushes

Blueberry BloomBlooming blueberry plants.

 

Natchez Bloom Natchez blueberry bushes Blackberry Rows
Natchez blackberries in bloom on 4/28/17. Natchez blackberries at the farm on 4/28/17. Close up of Natchez blackberries on 4/28/17.

 

Donn Johnson downloading weather information from loggers Donn Johnson downloading weather information from loggers

Dr. Donn Johnson downloading weather information from loggers. Picture taken by Barbara Lewis on 4/21/17.

Dr. Donn Johnson downloading weather information from loggers. Picture taken by Barbara Lewis on 4/21/17. 

 

Bee on blueberry plant A ladybug on a blueberry bush
A bumblebee on a blooming blueberry plant. Picture by Barbara Lewis on 4.28.17. A ladybug on a blackberry leaf whitewashed with Surround kaolin clay. Picture by Barbara Lewis on 5.26.17.

 

Growing Trellises on farm Rows of the plants Waiting for bloom
Growing trellises on the farm on 4.25.17. Rows of the plants on 4.25.17. Waiting for bloom on 4.25.17.

 

Traveler Rows Traveler Rows
Picture of Traveler blackberry rows taken by Barbara Lewis on 4.28.17. Picture of Traveler blackberry rows taken by Barbara Lewis on 4.28.17. 



Farm Videos

 

Sta-N-Step Pruning Video

  •     Transcript

    [Snipping sounds of sheers]

    >>INTERVIEWER: Now what cultivar is this?

    >> This is the traveller.

    >>INTERVIEWER: Okay, this is a primocane fruiting less than a year's growth.

    >> Right, we plant when? April?

    >>No, it was later than that wasn't it?

    >>INTERVIEWER: Some time in late April, I thought.

    >>April or early May, one.

    >>INTERVIEWER: In homes that we are getting funding

    >>Yes. Yes.

    >>INTERVIEWER: And what crop are cultivars?

    >>This one is the Blue Ray.

    >>INTERVIEWER: Blueberry.

    [Snipping sounds]

    >>INTERVIEWER: And you said you prune these once a year?

    >> Blueberry? Yeah. Blueberry I prune once a year.

    >>INTERVIEWER: During the winter.

    >>Man in the Garden: I've got some of the older ones. Usually-see how I try to get everything to stand up instead of out? This one was excessively heavy with bud sack, so I'll usually come in and leave a couple of the more healthy canes-the larger ones there.

    [Snipping sounds]

    >> See this one probably had fruit on it. It grows down. That one is growing too far out to me. Especially when you are spraying and things like that. You want to try to keep the base as clean as possible.

    [Snipping sounds]

    >> And those where they had a lot of production in prior years, I usually clean out. So as you notice, it's a lot more red now than it was a minute ago. And so I usually try to keep most all the new growth there. Since these, I don't have to prune as much on the bottom on these because they naturally shoot out a hole lot in the next year. But then again, like I pointed out, try to keep everything-the fruit-from this high up. So most of the fruit on this should be right in this vicinity. That's how you do that.