The USDA plant researchers and berry breeders at Beltsville,MD. and The Coastal Plains Experiment Station at Tifton,GA.have revolutionized American and commercial berry growing in the world, by developing new hybrid Rabbiteye blueberry bushes from native American berry plants by inter-crossing the genetically variant superior selections of blueberry plants, blackberry bushes and raspberry bush native species.
Thousands of acres of blueberry plants have been recently established, and have increased crop yields to become larger producing commercial blueberry orchards of high quality, profitable blueberries with the highest quality ever expected and an extended shelf life in the grocery store that means that there is less waste and more profit for the grocery store operator and the grower. The University of Arkansas has released new, hybrid, thornless blackberry bushes, that have doubled the berry size of the blackberries, increased the quality and the shelf life of the blackberries and vastly improved the blackberry yields on the hundreds of acres that have recently been planted. Cornell University and the New York State College of Agriculture researchers at Ithaca, N.Y. have released new, excellent raspberry plant cultivars that not only have improved the production yields, berry color appeal to the consumer, quality of the raspberry plants for the home gardener, but new commercial raspberry plant cultivars that have been introduced and have extended the availability season for the consumer buyers at the grocery stores by the introduction of early bearing and later ripening raspberries and the release of newer everbearing raspberry bushes.