Bramble Variety Trials in Utah to Reduce Disease, Increase Production and Enhance Profitability

Project Overview

Project Type: Professional + Producer
Funds awarded in 2007: $23,250.00
Projected End Date: 12/31/2009
Region: Western
State: Utah
Principal Investigator:
Rick Heflebower
Utah State University

Annual Reports


  • Fruits: berries (brambles)


  • Education and Training: demonstration, extension, farmer to farmer, on-farm/ranch research, participatory research
  • Farm Business Management: feasibility study
  • Pest Management: economic threshold, integrated pest management, weather monitoring
  • Production Systems: general crop production

    Proposal abstract:

    In Utah, the production of brambles, including raspberries and blackberries, has been limited mainly to small-scale growers in the northern end of the state. These operations have recently suffered from an outbreak of raspberry bushy dwarf, a pollen-borne virus, resulting mainly from dependence on the virus-susceptible variety Canby.

    This Professional + Producer grant will gather information on management systems and suitable climates for a number of recently developed varieties, some of which are resistant to raspberry bushy dwarf. Assessments will be made of several varieties, both summer- and fall-bearing, planted on existing farms in five locations representing a wide range of climates and under both organic and conventional regimens.

    The goal is to expand locally grown food options for consumers and provide producers with opportunities to diversify. Once the brambles are established, field days will be held to allow other growers to learn about the new varieties.

    Any opinions, findings, conclusions, or recommendations expressed in this publication are those of the author(s) and do not necessarily reflect the view of the U.S. Department of Agriculture or SARE.