So with the dreaded SWD arrival two or three years ago, our raspberry harvesting days kind of went away. I'd never sprayed them prior to SWD incidentally. But the difficulty in trying to time sprays so as to do no harm to pollinators (given how they do their dastardly deeds on the blossoms, etc) coupled with my overall lack of enthusiasm for row covering and all that, has me once again inclined to just mow the rows down. (For reds I have Heritage and Caroline)
I'd read somewhere a couple years ago where several large pick your own companies were ripping out all their raspberry plantings in favor of other things until this SWD thing can be answered.
That said, I have a huge black raspberry patch that to me is an unknown variety which I had transplanted from my Sister-in-laws place a couple of years ago. All she could tell me is that they bought them in town at the Shopko store several years ago.
Well, I have these in a more obscure location and just tend to forget about them. In fact I didn't bother to trellis them like I did my reds, and always kind of figured that I'd let them get established and then decide what to do. Well then SWD came along and that more or less "curbed my enthusiasm..." But I happened to walk over there today and low and behold there are somewhere between 48 and 84 million green berries forming!!! If they all turn out I'll need to hire a crew.....
Here's my thing; I've never really sprayed my red raspberries, mainly because I just wasn't wild about the thought of it on drupelet fruit.
So here's the question for the veteran raspberry growers out there... At this stage of development of my black raspberries, is there anything I need to be thinking about if I want to actually use these berries this year? Provided they aren't SWD infected.