Blackberries Crop Guide

Estimated Cost $1,500 per acre establishment; $750 annual operating; 2 years to first harvest
Market Outlets Local sales, pick-your-own, farmers markets, roadside
Market Potential Low
Profit Potential $0 to $4,000 per acre
Adapted Areas Lubbock to South Texas
Labor Requirements Low, but high at harvest
Equipment Requirements Tractor, shredder, herbicide sprayer, trailer
Soil Requirements Neutral to acid, sandy
Water Requirements 1 inch per week
Minimum Size 1/4 acre
Risk Factor Low
Other Limiting Factors Do very poorly on Blackland and alkaline soils. Pests include thrips, double blossom, stink bugs and virus diseases
Comments If other growers are successfully marketing blackberries, carefully evaluate the market before expanding the acreage.

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