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2013-14 Mid-Atlantic Berry Guide Now Available

From Fruit Times, October 29, 2012. Kathy Demchak, Penn State Extension

The 2013-14 Mid-Atlantic Berry Guide is now available both in print and on-line. The guide has contributors from Penn State University, Rutgers University, The University of Delaware, The University of Maryland, Virginia Tech, West Virginia University and USDA-ARS.

The current guide is 273 pages long with chapters on Preplant Considerations; Soil Management and Nutrition; Pesticides, Pesticide Safety and Chemical Fumigation; Weed Management; Wildlife Damage Control; Strawberries; Blueberries; Brambles; and Gooseberries and Currants. Appendices include Expanded Special Topics (Frost and Freeze Protection, Conducting a Bioassay to Determine Herbicide Carryover, and Using Green Manures for Dagger Nematode Control - A Two-year Soil Conditioning Program), Diagnostic Services, Nursery Sources, Production Supplies and Services, and Additional Sources of Information. The online version is a pdf file, available for no charge beyond everyone’s tax dollars (despite dwindling appropriations) at

Growers can obtain print copies of the guide for $25 through some County Extension offices (call ahead to make sure they have it in stock), or directly from the College of Agriculture’s Publications Distribution Center (tax plus postage and handling fee will be added). Call 814-865-6713 or 877-345-0691 to obtain the correct total price. You can also e-mail All major credit cards as well as checks and money orders are accepted.

Growers in cooperating states (Maryland, New Jersey, Virginia, Delaware and West Virginia) should obtain the guides from your state’s Extension services if available through them – you might want to call ahead to see if they are selling this version, as with changes in funding, some states no longer have a means for distributing publications. Growers from any state can order using the phone numbers listed above.