Some of the most popular blackberry varieties or cultivars in the U.S. have been developed here in Arkansas and production is expanding in the state. Around 100 growers and fruit specialists attended a meeting Feb. 16 to form an Arkansas Blackberry Growers Association. It was also an opportunity for growers to learn about the latest cultivar released by the University of Arkansas, and how to effectively reach the public and market their crops. In this edition of Arkansas Agcast, Amanda McWhirt, a horticulture specialist with the Division of Agriculture and Jimmy Williams of Scatter Creek Berries in Greene County, discuss how the association will help growers and the future of blackberry production in the state.
Amanda McWhirt, Ph.D.
Extension Horticulture Specialist
University of Arkansas System
Division of Agriculture
Scatter Creek Berries