A growing concern
- Extended bearing for blackberry fruit: UC ANR devised new management practices to extend the growing season for blackberries. In field trials, researchers were studying newer primocane-fruiting blackberry cultivars that bear fruit in the first year rather than the second year, as is common for standard varieties. The researchers discovered that a crop management regimen that begins with a mow-down in January, early pruning, and “tipping” to delay production results in extension of the growing season through late November or early December, thereby increasing productivity.
- Nurturing farmers as well as farms: UC ANR helps growers manage not only their crops, but also their business practices. The UC ANR Cooperative Extension Farmer Individual Development Account program helps beginning farmers gain a practical understanding of agricultural finance, farm operation and commodity marketing. The program helps participating farmers develop a learning network and write sound business plans sufficient to grow their fledgling agricultural enterprises.