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Effect of Weed-Free Strip Width on Newly Established ‘Navaho' Blackberry Growth, Yield, and Fruit Quality

Published online by Cambridge University Press:  20 January 2017

Stephen L. Meyers*
Department of Horticultural Science, North Carolina State University, Raleigh, NC 27695
Katherine M. Jennings
Department of Horticultural Science, North Carolina State University, Raleigh, NC 27695
David W. Monks
Department of Horticultural Science, North Carolina State University, Raleigh, NC 27695
Wayne E. Mitchem
Department of Horticultural Science, North Carolina State University, Mills River, NC 28759
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Field studies were conducted in 2011 and 2012 at the Sandhills Research Station near Jackson Springs, NC to determine the influence of weed-free strip width (WFSW) on newly planted ‘Navaho' blackberry plant growth, fruit yield, and fruit quality. Treatments consisted of 0-, 0.3-, 0.6-, 1.2-, 1.8-, and 2.4-m WFSW. Predicted blackberry yield increased from 718 to 1,015 kg ha−1 at WFSW of 0 to 2.4 m. The currently recommended WFSW of 1.2 m resulted in a blackberry yield of 1,013 kg ha−1. Predicted individual blackberry fruit weight displayed a positive linear response to WFSW and increased from 3.1 to 3.6 g fruit−1 at WFSW of 0 to 2.4 m. Soluble solids content (SSC) of dull black blackberry fruit was greatest (15.1 Brix) when WFSW was 0 m. Relative to a WFSW of 0 m, SSC was reduced 2.3 to 3.4% as WFSW increased from 0.3 to 2.4 m, respectively. WFSW did not influence shiny black blackberry fruit SSC, nor titratable acidity, sugar-to-acid ratio, or pH of shiny or dull black blackberry fruit or primocane number, length, and stem caliper.

En 2011 y 2012, se realizaron estudios de campo en la Estación Experimental Sandhills, cerca de Jackson Springs, NC, para determinar la influencia del ancho de banda libre de malezas (WFSW) en el crecimiento, rendimiento y calidad de fruta de plantaciones nuevas de mora 'Navaho'. Los tratamientos consistieron de WFSW de 0, 0.3, 0.6, 1.2, y 2.4 m. El rendimiento predicho de la mora aumentó de 718 a 1,015 kg ha−1 al aumentar WDSW de 0 a 2.4 m. El WFSW actualmente recomendado, el cual es 1.2 m, resultó en un rendimiento de 1,013 kg ha−1. El peso individual predicho del fruto mostró una respuesta lineal positiva al WFSW e incrementó de 3.1 a 3.6 g fruto−1 al incrementar WFSW de 0 a 2.4 m. El contenido de sólidos solubles (SSC) de los frutos de mora mate fue mayor (15.1 Brix) cuando WFSW fue 0 m. En relación a WFSW de 0 m, SSC se redujo de 2.3 a 3.4% al incrementarse el WFSW de 0.3 a 2.4 m, respectivamente. WFSW no influenció el SSC de frutos de mora brillantes, ni la acidez titulable, el ratio azúcar-ácido, o el pH de frutos brillantes o mate de mora ni el número, largo y calibre del tallo vegetativo.

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