Specialty Crop Grower Research and Education Grant
Raspberry/Blackberry Varietal Field Trials
The project will research raspberry varieties for production in Western Colorado. We will research nine promising cultivars and try to identify two or three promising varieties for further research. Varieties will include summer fruiting and ever-bearing types, plus two blackberries for comparison. Yield, harvest season, size and harvest time from each type will be recorded over a three year period, as well as notes on flavor, habitat, storage & processing all posted on a regularly updated website.
- compare yields, harvest season, size and harvest time between several leading commercial raspberry and blackberries cultivars.
- compare trellised & pruned to mowed plantings
- explore options for fresh market and for canning
Plant a well tended trellis section of nine commercially grown raspberry and blackberry cultivars and carefully record data over three years. Determine viability/economics of raspberries/blackberries for our area, with specific varietal recommendations. Consider additional future plantings and varieties based on initial research.