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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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Recent Publications

  • Vineyard Frost Protection (B 1490) The vineyard industry is growing across Georgia and across the Eastern United States. Frost is a perennial threat in these regions, and reducing frost risk can save approximately $48,000 per acre in r…
  • Propagating Disease-Free Blueberry Plants from Softwood Cuttings (B 1540) Propagating disease-free blueberry plants is important for the future sustainability of the blueberry industry in Georgia and the Southeast. Over the past two to three decades, the Georgia blueberry i…
  • Maintaining Commercial Citrus in Georgia (B 1520) Dooryard citrus has been grown in Georgia for decades, but growing citrus commercially is new to Georgia growers. This publication addresses problem prevention, maintenance, insects, diseases, and som…
  • Factors that Influence Cold Hardiness of Citrus (C 1307) One of the most common questions regarding citrus is how much cold weather they can withstand before they are killed. Most citrus growers are looking for a specific low temperature, but there is no si…


UGA-affiliated sites

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

UGA Small Fruit Program Strives to increase the efficiency of production systems by improving small fruit production management practices in Georgia.

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

Sustainable Agriculture at UGA Brings together information on sustainable agriculture including organic agriculture, pollinators, and other resources.

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.

Commodity Teams at CAES Teams made up of research scientists and extension specialists work together to provide the latest technology and information for efficient, profitable production of some of Georgia's most valuable commodities.

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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