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'Abion' strawberries and 'Polka' (left) and 'Josephine' raspberries (right) at Penn State's High Tunnel facility.
Growing Raspberries and Strawberries in Containers - Articles Articles
Specialty Crop Research Initiative (SCRI) High and Low Tunnel Berry Project Update #1—information on growing strawberries and raspberries in containers. More
Spotted wing drosophila male under a berry. Photo: K. Demchak
Spotted Wing Drosophila Season Is Early This Year - News News
Given the mild winter and earliness of berry crops this year, it’s not a big surprise that spotted wing drosophila presence is early, too. More
Photo 1. Early symptom of orange rust. Photo: K. Demchak
Bramble Disease - Managing Orange Rust - Articles Articles
Orange rust, Gymnoconia nitens, is a systemic disease, any plants propagated from infected plants will also be infected. More
Different dormant plant sizes. Photo: K. Demchak, Penn State
Strawberry Establishment - Planting and Other Basics - Articles Articles
A successful strawberry planting hinges on getting the basics right at planting time. If you can pay attention to the basics, you are well on your way to having a vigorous planting. More
New cane poking through bag. Photo: Kathy Demchak
High Tunnel Raspberries in Grow Bags – Lessons Learned! - News News
An update to last Fall’s article on growing berries in grow bags is sorely needed, just to keep other people from repeating some of our less-than-enjoyable experiences. More
NJ 9-2-1 (trialed as NJ 3) was a high-yielding and excellent flavored variety but the berry shape is not typical. Photo: Tim Elkner
Strawberry Cultivars for Plasticulture - Articles Articles

Strawberry Cultivars for Plasticulture

Kathy Demchak, Timothy Elkner

We collected data on performance of strawberry cultivars in the second harvest year of a plasticulture planting. More
'Malwina' fruit sprouting leaves. Photo: Kathy Demchak
Strawberry Cultivars for Matted-Rows - Articles Articles
We collected data on performance of sixteen cultivars or advanced selections of strawberries in the second harvest year of a matted-row trial. Some were great, and others had a few issues. More
Strawberries on Matted Row
Strawberry Production - Articles Articles

Strawberry Production

Kathy Demchak, Jayson K. Harper, Ph.D.

The high value of strawberries creates potential for sizable profit from a small planting; however, the potential for serious problems also exists. More
Source: Mary Ann Hansen, Virginia Polytechnic Institute and State University, Bugwood.org
Bramble Disease - Spur Blight - Articles Articles
Red and purple raspberries are more affected by spur blight, Didymella applanata, than black raspberries. Blackberries appear to be immune. More
Spotted Wing Drosophila, Part 3: Monitoring
Spotted Wing Drosophila, Part 3: Monitoring - Articles Articles
This article explains how to monitor for spotted wing drosophila, an invasive vinegar (fruit) fly first detected in Pennsylvania in 2011, using traps. More
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Spotted Wing Drosophila, Part 2: Natural History - Articles Articles
This article provides information on the environmental, host plant, and feeding preferences and life cycle of the spotted wing drosophila. More
Source: SCRI-Dundee , Scottish Crop Research Institute, Bugwood.org
Bramble Diseases - Viruses - Articles Articles
Virus diseases can seriously damage brambles, especially raspberries, and can affect the lifetime of a planting. More
Blueberry Diseases - Virus Control
Blueberry Diseases - Virus Control - Articles Articles
Blueberries are susceptible to a number of virus and virus-like diseases. More
Raspberry Mosaic Virus. Photo by K. Demchak.
Bramble Diseases - Virus Control - Articles Articles
Control measures for virus diseases in brambles are aimed mainly at removing sources of the virus from within and around the planting. More
Strawberry Disease - Verticillium Wilt
Strawberry Disease - Verticillium Wilt - Articles Articles
Verticillium wilt of strawberry, caused by the soilborne fungus Verticillium albo-atrum, infects more than 300 kinds of cultivated plants. More
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