Fruits and vegetables are Georgia's number-two cash crop, and the popularity of small fruits like blackberries, strawberries and citrus even extends further than commercial production.

Small fruits continue to be an important commodity, and UGA Extension provides both farmers and home gardeners a variety of information to help have the best output with the least amount of labor possible.

For information about home garden fruit production, see our Lawn & Garden: Fruits and Vegetables section.


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Popular Publications
  • Commercial Tomato Production Handbook (B 1312) This publication is a joint effort of the seven disciplines that comprise the Georgia Vegetable Team. It is comprised of 14 topics on tomato, including history of tomato production, cultural practices, pest management, harvesting, handling and marketing. This publication provides information that will assist producers in improving the profitability of tomato production, whether they are new or experienced producers.
  • Weights and Processed Yields of Fruits and Vegetables (C 780) Marketing fresh fruits and vegetables at farmers markets, roadside markets, and pick-your-own farms is an important and growing method of marketing. However, many of the containers used are not practical for consumers.
  • Home Garden Series: Home Garden Blueberries (C 946) Under good management, the native Georgia rabbiteye blueberry bushes will produce some fruit the second or third year after transplanting. By the sixth year they will yield as much as 2 gallons each and continue to increase as the plants get larger.
  • Minor Fruits and Nuts in Georgia (B 992) Many types of fruits and nuts can be grown in Georgia due to our mild climate. This publication provides an outline of the culture and management of the exotic and uncommon fruits and nuts that can be grown in Georgia.
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Websites

UGA-affiliated sites

Strawberry News Extension blog with production guides, IPM guide and current updates on strawberry production in Georgia.

Southern Region Small Fruit Consortium Newsletters related to the production and marketing of small fruits.

Impact Statements: Small Fruits Descriptions of Extension efforts to improve knowledge and practices in this area.

UGA Department of Horticulture Learn more about the horticulture department at the UGA College of Agricultural and Environmental Sciences.

UGA Department of Plant Pathology Learn more about the plant pathology department at the UGA College of Agricultural and Environmental Sciences.

External Sites

Blackberry and Raspberry Information (NC State) Instructional resources for commercial and home growers including production recommendations, pest management and weather information.

Georgia Strawberry Growers Association on Facebook Catalogs and links to state growers.

North American Raspberry and Blackberry Association Promotes raspberry and blackberry growth and consumption. Provides selection, storage tips and recipes for consumers. Provides research foundation, networking, and conferences for members.

North American Strawberry Growers Association Promotes research and represents growers' interests before regulatory and legislative bodies.


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News
  • Northern Nut Growers Association August conference to highlight building sustainable, efficient agricultural practices. Published: 07/11/17
  • New Fruit Pathologist New UGA pathologist Jonathan Oliver to specialize in multiple fruit commodities. Published: 07/05/17
  • New to Grapes? UGA Extension specialists will offer aspiring wine makers a crash course on the wine industry August 16. Published: 06/21/17
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Farm Gate Values - All Commodities
County Name Value
Colquitt $473,233,569
Madison 452,121,098
Hart 445,358,748
Franklin 401,762,962
Mitchell 356,112,652
Jackson 323,172,205
Tattnall 322,139,619
Macon 294,711,849
Decatur 282,226,107
Hall 280,710,574
State Total: $13,838,993,517

Displaying farm gate values for 2015. Values are tallied in October for the previous year.