Wade Mann presenting on IPM for greenhouse berry crops

Wade Mann, 2015 Nuffield Australia Farming Scholar, presenting his findings from 16.5 weeks over overseas travel on his study topic of Integrated Pest Management (IPM) strategies for intensive, hydroponic greenhouse berry crops, including strawberries, raspberries, blackberries and blueberries.

Selecting the right substrate for hydroponic berry production.

Substrates Used for Intensive Berry Production    Figure 15 Nicky Mann with Jacco Hoogendoorn. (Source: W. Mann Legro The Netherlands March 2015) What is a substrate? A substrate is the substance or media in which the plants or organisms grow.  In the greenhouse industry substrates refer to products which are mechanically altered either by heat,…

Blackberries -exciting trend into primo-canes.

Traditionally blackberries have only been floricane producers – bearing fruit on laterals in their 2nd year.  But thanks to the tireless work of  clever Rubus breeders like John Clark from University of Arkansas – he has developed the likes of Prime-Ark 45.  This is an exceptionally exciting time for blackberry growers as this can be…

Types of Raspberries

Primocanes – bear fruit on their primary cane (primocane) in the first year – great for cashflow & in protected environments (tunnels/greenhouses) you can get 2 crops per year or a long fruiting season. Floricanes – bear fruit on their laterals (secondary canes) in the second year – usually better tasting & better yielding varieties…

Blueberries – 5 main types….

rr 1.   Northern Highbush – originally from Northern America hence Northern Highbush (these are deciduous – require chill hours (different varieties require different amount of chill hours) – lack of chill affects yield, growth & quality – therefore, ideal for cooler climates or a place with altitude with 200 hours minimum of chill (less than…