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Ohio is a major horticultural state with well-educated growers willing to adopt new technologies. Because of geographic location, climate, soils, and population density, Ohio has wide diversity of horticultural industries. It ranks first in the U.S. in greenhouse vegetable production, third in floral crop production, second in the production of processing tomatoes, third in the production of cucumbers for pickles, eighth in apple production, third in nursery crop production, and fifth in food processing. Ohio ranks sixth in population in the U.S. with 57% of the total U.S. expenditures for food made within a 600-mile radius of Columbus. Because of Ohio’s high population density, many of the horticultural industries have capitalized upon their nearness to market. The development of garden centers, as well as retail fruit and vegetable markets with a recreational atmosphere, have become commonplace.
‘Hull Thornless’ (Rubus sp., is a vigorous and productive thornless blackberry cultivar with firm, sweet, fruit. It is named for the late John W. (Jack) Hull, formerly of the University of Maryland, the University of Arkansas, and the U.S. Department of Agriculture, who spent most of his life breeding blackberries and raspberries. ‘Hull Thornless’ is the fifth in a series of tetraploid, genetically thornless blackberry hybrids developed by the USDA and cooperating agencies (4). It is adapted principally to USDA Plant Hardiness Zones 6-8.