March 16, 9:30am–3pmWhere
OSU South Centers 1864 Shyville Rd, Piketon, OH 45661Map Unavailable What
Ohio berry growers will have the opportunity to learn about Ohio cane fruit pruning during a workshop by Ohio State University Extension and the Ohio Agricultural Research and Development Center (OARDC). The event will be hosted by Gary Gao, OSU Extension specialist and associate professor of small fruit crops at the Ohio State University South Centers in Piketon.
Ohio State researchers are currently conducting research on grafting blueberries using a fruit-bearing shrub or small tree called sparkleberry as a rootstock. Sparkleberry is a native North American blueberry variety. Grafted blueberries may exhibit a small tree form instead of the typical multistemmed bush form, which may help improve machine harvest efficiency. Sparkleberries also have a tolerance for higher pH levels.
Super fruits will be another topic covered at the workshop. In order for a fruit to be considered a “super fruit,” nutrition scientists must determine that the fruit contains enough antioxidants, fiber, vitamins and minerals. Many crops, including blackberries, blueberries, elderberries, raspberries and grapes, are considered “super fruits.”
Container fruit production, also an area of focus at the workshop, involves growing fruits in large pots in artificial growing media, such as aged pine bark with or without the addition of lime and other materials. This can help with harvest season extension and winter protection.
Chemigation is another method used to grow cane fruit. Under chemigation, pesticides are applied using micro-sprinklers to control insects. The practice can aid pest management and improve fruit quality while reducing labor costs and fruit loss.
The workshop will also offer pruning demonstrations of grapevines, blueberries, blackberries and raspberries.
The cost of the workshop is $25 and includes lunch.