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Blackberry Production Workshop Nov. 16 at MU Southwest Research Center

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Dr. Amanda McWhirt of the University of Arkansas, will be one of two presenters during a workshop on blackberry production at the MU Research Center near Mt. Vernon on Nov. 17.

Dr. Amanda McWhirt of the University of Arkansas, will be one of two presenters during a workshop on blackberry production at the MU Research Center near Mt. Vernon on Nov. 16, 2016.

The University of Missouri is hosting a “Blackberry Production Workshop” from 1 p.m. to 4 p.m., Nov. 16 at the Southwest Research Center, 14548 Hwy H, Mount Vernon.

Three workshop is part of a project focused on growing blackberry production and sales in Missouri.

Attendees will learn about late fall management of the shift trellis, blackberry cultivars, and blackberry disease management. Speakers include Amanda McWhirt, Extension Fruit and Nut Specialist with the University of Arkansas, and Patrick Byers, MU Extension regional horticulture specialist.

“Blackberries offer huge potential for Missouri farmers. Though a challenging crop to produce, blackberries are in high demand for many markets,” says Byers.  The “Growing Blackberry Production and Sales in Missouri” project offers ongoing educational sessions and tours of innovative blackberry farms.

Registration can be made ahead of time or at the event. There is a $10 fee per attendee.

For more information regarding the workshop, contact Patrick Byers, a horticulture specialist with University of Missouri Extension in Greene County, by email at Byerspl@missouri.edu or telephone (417) 874-2956.

George Freeman is a veteran journalist and photographer. An award-winning writer, editor and columnist in Springfield, Mo., with more than 50 years experience. His preference is for positive and uplifting stories about people, places, traditions and trends that make the Ozarks one of the most livable regions anywhere. A member of the Garden Writers Association of America, he is a past-president of the Society of Professional Journalists of Southwest Missouri, the Kansas and Ohio AP societies; a board member of Friends of the Garden and a member of the Rotary Club of Springfield. In 1976, he traveled to India as a member of a Rotary Foundation Group Study Exchange Team.

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