Currants, Gooseberries, and Jostaberries: A Guide for Growers, Marketers, and Researchers in North America

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Rediscover the economic potential of growing Ribes cultivars in the United States and Canada!

Currants, Gooseberries, and Jostaberries: A Guide for Growers, Marketers, and Researchers in North America explores the biology and history of growing these small fruits as commercial crops in North America. This book provides authoritative information on the potential risks and profits of establishing a currant or gooseberry farm and offers step-by-step details for cost-effective ...

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Overview

Rediscover the economic potential of growing Ribes cultivars in the United States and Canada!

Currants, Gooseberries, and Jostaberries: A Guide for Growers, Marketers, and Researchers in North America explores the biology and history of growing these small fruits as commercial crops in North America. This book provides authoritative information on the potential risks and profits of establishing a currant or gooseberry farm and offers step-by-step details for cost-effective set-up, maintenance, and post-harvest activities. This book will be a reliable reference for prospective growers and Ribes researchers.

Currants, Gooseberries, and Jostaberries presents in detail the necessary components of successful Ribes culture farming, including:

  • site and soil selection
  • design of planting site
  • plant propagation
  • cultivar selection
  • cultural practice
  • pest and disease management
  • harvesting and marketing

The book supplies the latest production figures for Ribes crops worldwide to help you choose which crops to grow. It also contains detailed information on fruit biochemistry, allowing you to market to human health industries. Currants, Gooseberries, and Jostaberries is the first North American publication to focus exclusively on Ribes culture in more than 50 years. It’s your one-stop resource for up-to-date information this side of the Atlantic Ocean.

Currants, Gooseberries, and Jostaberries provides you with tables, figures, and appendices, such as

  • a table of the state regulations governing the importation and growing of currants, gooseberries, and jostaberries as listed by the Department of Agriculture
  • calendars of what you need to do throughout the year to prepare, plant, and manage Ribes crops
  • a list of cultivars available in North America
  • tables of suggested parentage for currants and gooseberries to breed for improved fruit and juice quality, disease resistance or frost resistance, or improved mechanics for harvest
  • a site selection checklist
  • an enterprise budget showing typical costs of producing currants and gooseberries for sale in the market
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What People Are Saying

E. F. Mashburn
E. F. Mashburn, Past President and current Board of Directors member, The International Ribes Association
AN EXCELLENT, MODERN GUIDE. . . . There is no other publication that I know of that addresses the many aspects of production of this fruit. This will be VALUABLE FOR ALL PRESENT AND FUTURE GROWERS AND MARKETERS. Most of the information on Ribes production is more than fifty years old, and none covers the subject as well as this book. The authors are well-known, very careful researchers, and are probably the most knowledgeable sources of information about Ribes in this country.
Steven McKay
Steven McKay, MS, Extension Educator, Cornell Cooperative Extension
AS AN EXTENSION EDUCATOR, I am constantly asked for reference materials on Ribes and am happy to have one source, one guide that I can recommend rather than an incomplete packet of articles and pamphlets. THIS GUIDE IS COMPLETE AND IS VALUABLE FOR SMALL-SCALE TO LARGE-SCALE GROWERS AS WELL AS EDUCATORS AND RESEARCHERS. Literally all relevant subjects have been covered in the guide, and I am sure that it will find its way to all pomologists' reference shelves alongside the NRAES guides for other berry crops.
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Product Details

  • ISBN-13: 9781560222972
  • Publisher: CRC Press
  • Publication date: 3/28/2005
  • Pages: 266
  • Product dimensions: 6.00 (w) x 8.30 (h) x 0.80 (d)

Table of Contents

  • Foreword (M. N. Westwood)
  • Preface
  • Chapter 1. History of Currant, Gooseberry, and Jostaberry Cultivation
  • Currants
  • Gooseberries
  • Jostaberries
  • Commercial Ribes Production
  • Chapter 2. Genetics, Growth, Development, and Fruit Composition
  • Taxonomy and Genetics
  • Growth and Development
  • Chapter 3. Propagation
  • Seeds and Stock
  • Layering
  • Cuttings
  • Chapter 4. Selecting a Planting Site
  • Nonsite Considerations
  • Site Considerations
  • Chapter 5. Designing a Currant, Gooseberry, or Jostaberry Farm
  • Field Layout
  • Irrigation Systems
  • Deer and Other Vertebrate Pest Control
  • Equipment and Buildings
  • Chapter 6. Preparing a Site for Planting
  • Amending the Soil
  • Controlling Weeds
  • Controlling Pests
  • Chapter 7. Ribes Cultivars
  • Cultivars Available in North America
  • Disease Resistance
  • Gooseberry Cultivars
  • Black Currant Cultivars
  • Red Currant Cultivars
  • White Currant Cultivars
  • Jostaberry Cultivars
  • Chapter 8. Planting and Establishing Ribes
  • Ordering Planting Material
  • Planting
  • Chapter 9. Crop Management
  • Nutrition and Fertilization
  • Weed Control
  • Pruning and Training
  • Pollination
  • Winter Protection
  • Chapter 10. Pests and Diseases of Ribes
  • Pests Other Than Insects and Mites
  • Insects, Mites, and Invertebrate Pests
  • Diseases
  • Chapter 11. Harvesting, Storing, and Marketing Ribes Crops
  • Harvesting
  • Postharvest Care and Storage
  • Marketing
  • Chapter 12. Breeding Currants, Gooseberries, and Jostaberries
  • Selection of Parents for Breeding
  • Ribes Breeding Techniques
  • Appendix A. Site Selection Checklist
  • Appendix B. Enterprise Budget
  • References
  • Index
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