MT. VERNON and FARMINGTON, Mo. — Blackberry workshops are set for Mt. Vernon and Farmington, Missouri, on April 25th and 26th respectively.
On Wednesday, April 25th, the workshop will be held from 1 to 4 at the MU Southwest Research Center, 14548 Highway H, Mt. Vernon.
On Thursday, April 26th, the workshop will be held from 1 to 4 pm at the Farmington Community Library, 23500 Liberty Street, Farmington.
Both will be led by University of Missouri Extension commercial horticulture specialist Patrick Byers who will present an overview of blackberry production, RCA (Rotating Cross Arm) trellis and thornless blackberry research at the MU Southwest Research Center with first year results, and blackberry pest management with an emphasis on spotted wing drosophila. The $10 registration fee per attendee may be paid at the door.
Both workshops will include classroom instruction as well as on-site instruction. On the 25th, on-site instruction will be at the blackberry demonstration plot established at the Center by the Webb City Farmers Market in collaboration with University of Missouri Extension and the Center and funded by a Missouri Department of Agriculture Specialty Crops grant. The plot uses a new shift trellis (Rotating Cross Arm) designed to reduce winter kill, as well as make harvest easier. New varieties with resistance to winter kill are being tested. This year’s late freezes will put the planting to the test.
The participants at the Farmington workshop on the 26th, will visit a local blackberry farm for hands-on instructions.
For more information regarding registration, contact the Webb City Farmers Market by telephone at (417) 483-8139 or email email@example.com, More details are available online at www.webbcityfarmersmarket.com.
The workshops are part of a series of blackberry workshops held throughout the state funded by a Missouri Department of Agriculture Specialty Crops grant.
— Webb City Farmers Market
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