2024 Conference Schedule

**Schedule subject to change**

Monday, February 26th, 2024

Exhibitors, Speakers & Attendees Arrive

Registration / Check-In – 11:00am-6:00pm

Fundamentals of Caneberry Production (Begins at 1pm, $75 / person) – A workshop for novice growers, potential growers, and anyone who needs a refresher on the basics of raspberry and blackberry production. Topics will include variety selection, economics of production, basic crop management, and basic pest management.

  • Basics of Caneberry Production – Site Selection and Site Preparation, Laura McDermott, Cornell University Cooperative Extension
  • Basics of Pruning and Trellising Caneberries, Craig Mauney, North Carolina State University Cooperative Extension
  • Insect Management in Caneberries, Aaron Cato, University of Arkansas
  • Disease Management in Caneberries, Sara Villani, North Carolina State University
  • Considering Raspberries – Production Issues and Cultivar Considerations, Courtney Weber, Cornell AgriTech
  • Grower Panel – Advice for New Growers from Established NARBA Members

Tuesday, February 27th, 2024

9:00am | Opening Remarks & Conference Welcome – Gina Fernandez, North Carolina State University

Breeding Session (Additional Speakers TBD)

  • Breeding for Premium Berries, Ellen Thompson, Hortifrut
  • Updates and New Releases from the Arkansas Blackberry Breeding Program, Margaret Worthington, University of Arkansas
  • Cornell Caneberry Breeding Update, Courtney Weber, Cornell AgriTech
  • New Goals for Caneberry Breeding at Agriculture Canada, Beatrice Amyotte, Agriculture and Agri-Food Canada USDA
  • Caneberry Breeding Updates from Oregon, Michael Hardigan, USDA-ARS

Long Cane Production Management Session

  • Elevating Your Production: Substrates for Soilless Fruit Production, Dr. Brian Jackson, North Carolina State University
  • Evaluating Pine Bark as an Alternative to Coco Coir for Long-Cane Production of Raspberries in the Southeast – An Update, Lisa Rayburn, North Carolina State University
  • Longcane Production – Fertility Management, Joshua Mays, TriEst Ag Group
  • Long Cane Blackberry Production in Europe, Jamie Petchell, Global Plant Genetics

Keynote | Steve Troxler – North Carolina Agriculture Commissioner

Lunch Break & Exhibitor Session – 12:00pm-1:15pm

Pest & Disease Control Session

  • Evaluating Broad Mite (Polyphagotarsonemus latus) Sampling Techniques in Blackberry, Aaron Cato, University of Arkansas
  • Incorporating Biological Control into IPM Programs for SWD in Caneberries, Dr. Hannah K. Levenson, North Carolina State University
  • Role of Climate Variation on the Population Dynamics of Spotted-Wing Drosophila, Cesar Rodriguez-Saona, Rutgers University
  • Problems in Ponca? Case Studies on Recent Cane Dieback, Sara Villani, North Carolina State University
  • Survey of Known Viruses and Discovery of New Viruses in Blackberry and Wild Rubus in South Carolina, Elizabeth Cieniewicz, Clemson University
  • Ultraviolet Light: Non-Chemical Disease and Pest Management, Fumi Takeda, Research Horticulturist (USDA-ARS, Retired)

North Carolina Caneberry Industry Session

  • Enhancing Blackberry Canopy Light Distribution with Reflective Groundcovers, Tom Kon, North Carolina State University
  • Blackberry Responses to Light: How Much is Too Much?, Juan Carlos Melgar, Clemson University
  • Long-Cane Raspberry Production in NC – Opportunities and Challenges, Lisa Rayburn, North Carolina State University
  • Fusarium Wilt of Blackberry, Jamie Lanzalotto, North Carolina State University
  • NC Caneberry Association Annual Business Meeting, Karen Blaedow, NC State Extension

New Technology Session

  • Using Marketability Attributes for the Initial Development a Soft Robotic Gripper for Harvesting Fresh-market Blackberries, Renee Threlfall, University of Arkansas System Division of Agriculture
  • Recommendations for Reducing Labor and Maximizing Yield on the Rotating Cross Arm Trellis, Amanda McWhirt, University of Arkansas
  • Ellepot/Air Tray Technologies for Berry Crops, Lars Jensen, Blackmore Company

Exhibitor Session – 5:15pm-5:35pm

WedNEsday, February 28th, 2024

9:00am | Day 2 Welcome & General Session Talks

  • 2023 Raspberry & Blackberry Pricing Survey Preliminary Report – Dr. Daniel Tregeagle, North Carolina State University
  • Food Safety Update – Timely Topics and Reminders – Elena Rogers, North Carolina State University
  • Grower Spotlight – Cal Lewis, Lewis Nursery and Farms, Inc.
  • NARBA Annual Meeting – NARBA Executive Council Officers Report

Refreshment Break & Exhibitor Session – 10:30am – 10:50am

New Technology Session – (Continued from Day 1)

  • Clean Plants and Blackberry Leaf Mottle Virus Epidemiology, Ioannis (Yannis) Tzanetakis, University of Arkansas
  • Blackberry Weed Management – New Chemistries and New Technologies, Matthew Bertucci, University of Arkansas System Division of Agriculture
  • Integration Of Chitosan Emulsion and Silicon to Extend the Shelf Life of Blackberry Fruit, Muhammad Adnan Shahid, University of Florida

Plant Management Session

  • The Potential Impact of Climate Change on Chill Hours in North Carolina, Timothy Glotfelty, North Carolina State Climate Office
  • Below the Plastic: What Happens to Soil Microbes After Fumigation, Sarah Strauss, University of Florida IFAS Southwest Florida Research and Education Center
  • Fumigation Programs for Rubus – Discussing Soil Pest and Soil Health Impacts, Joshua Mays, TriEst Ag Group
  • Does Location Affect Fruit Composition of Raspberry and Blackberry?, Penelope Perkins-Veazie, North Carolina State University

North Carolina Farm & Industry Tour ($100 / person) – 12:00pm – 7:00pm

  • Stop 1: Carolina Berry Group
  • Stop 2: Castle Hayne Horticulture Crops Research Station, North Carolina State University
  • Stop 3: Lewis Nursery and Farms, Inc – includes a closing dinner!

2024 NARBA Conference Poster Session