Submitted to: Bramble: The Newsletter of the North American Branble Growers Association, Inc.
Publication Type: Trade Journal
Publication Acceptance Date: 5/6/2012
Publication Date: 6/1/2012
Citation: Takeda, F. 2012. Innovating blackberry production system. Bramble: The Newsletter of the North American Branble Growers Association, Inc. 27(2):12-14.
Technical Abstract: This article provides an overview of progress made on the blackberry production system at the Appalachian Fruit Research Station in Kearneysville, WV. Several lines of research have made a significant positive impact to the blackberry industry as the new technology has have been successfully transferred to private-sector partners. The commercial Rotating Cross-Arm (RCA) trellis, in combination with the USDA-ARS cane training system, has gained a wide industry and commercial adoption as it is being used in more than 25 states and has helped to increase blackberry acreage by approximately 200 acres in the Midwest and Northeast in the last two years. The RCA trellis and cane training system has been used in propagation of blackberry plants that offer opportunities for growers to produce blackberries in out-of-season.