Small Fruit and Viticulture Research

Small fruits, including strawberries, blueberries, grapes, blackberries, raspberries, cranberries, and currants, are high-value horticultural crops used in both fresh and processed fruit markets. In addition, growers can achieve high profits with small plantings and relatively small investment inputs, making small fruits a suitable venture for many small farms. Over the last five years, medical research has indicated that small fruits may have superior health benefits, in addition to those previously documented for vitamin C, calcium, and dietary fiber. As a result, interest in the consumption and production of small fruits has increased markedly. Though small fruit production is widespread, production is often limited in local areas due to site-specific diseases, insect pests, and climatic differences among regions of the U.S. Therefore, specialized plant selection and management strategies and are often required for successful small fruit production.

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