Anyone who’s attended a Kerr Center horticulture workshop in the last umpteen years has been exposed to the idea that crop rotations confer numerous benefits both on the soils they’re carried out on, and on the crops that grow in those soils. Studies hot off the academic presses have just added more support to the notion.
Elderberry Workshop Recap
For a list of links to resources distributed during the workshop, scroll to the bottom of the post.
Thirty people gathered at the Kerr Center on Saturday, September 26, for an in-depth look at all aspects of elderberries as an alternative crop, from propagation and culture through harvest and marketing.
Terry Durham, of River Hills Harvest in Missouri, led off the classroom portion of the day’s sessions with an overview of the many and varied products that can be made from elderberries.
Following Durham, University of Arkansas researcher Patrick Byers took the floor for a comprehensive overview of elderberry production, from planting to harvest. That topic ran straight up ’til lunchtime; after the meal, Byers continued with a discussion of pest challenges and management.
Bob McCord, an Arkansas elderberry grower, had the next slot for a description of his experiences with the crop.
Shifting back to Oklahoma, Brent and Valerie Madding of 360 OK Farms then shared their own story of getting started in elderberries, with an emphasis on local varieties and value-added marketing.
Terry Durham was back on stage for the day’s final classroom slot, with a detailed look at post-harvest handling procedures designed to meet federal food safety guidelines.
The group headed outside at the end of the day, for a tour of the Kerr Center’s elderberry planting on the Cannon Horticulture Plots, led by George Kuepper and David Redhage.
Resources (grouped by presenter)
The Basics of Organic Pest Management (LUCE GS#18-F-2015)
Detecting Spotted Wing Drosophila (SWD) Larval Infestations in Fruit (LUCE GS#18-E-2014)
Elderberry Development Project (University of Missouri Extension webpage with links, fact sheets, and presentations): http://extension.missouri.edu/greene/ElderberryDevelopmentProject.aspx
The Good/The Bad/The Ugly (Spined Soldier Bug, Brown Stink Bug, Marmorated Stink Bug – LUCE FS#18-C-2011)
The Japanese Beetle (LUCE FS#18-D-2014)
Management of Spotted Wing Drosophila (LUCE GS#18-D-2013)
Monitoring for Spotted Wing Drosophila (LUCE FS#18-A-2013)
Growing Elderberries in Oklahoma (OCES HLA-6256)
Growing and Marketing Elderberries in Missouri (AF1016 – 2014)