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On July 11, ‘Horticulture Twi-Light Tour’ features berry producers

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Fresh blueberries are plentiful for picking in the Ozarks.

Fresh blueberries are plentiful for picking in the Ozarks.

CARTHAGE, Mo. — The annual “Horticulture Twi-Light Tour” in Lawrence County begins at 6 p.m., July 11. This year’s tour focuses on blueberries and blackberries being grown locally.

Beginning at the first tour stop, participants will caravan in their vehicles to the stops.

The tour begins at the Southwest Research Center, 14548 Hwy. H, Mount Vernon, where new technology is on display for blackberry production.

Patrick Byers, horticulture specialist with University of Missouri Extension, will explain his research with these new growing structures. “The new growing structures would improve berry quality and keep maintenance levels in check,” said Byers.

The second stop is the Weaver Family Farm, 5397 Lawrence 2130, Stotts City. This family-run business has blueberries and other crops. Jonas Weaver will be on hand to tell about his family’s berry production and answer questions.

The final stop is at

Patrick Byers, MU Extension horticulture specialist, discusses berries during a workshop.

Patrick Byers, MU Extension horticulture specialist, discusses berries during a workshop.

. Bring a bucket and pick your own blackberries (no charge as part of this tour). Patty Osterloh will explain the operation.

For more information, contact the Lawrence County Extension office at 417-466-3102 or the Jasper County Extension Office at 417-358-2158.

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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