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Brent Black

Brent Black

Associate Professor/Extension Fruit Specialist
Area of Study: Plant Science
Emphasis: Hort Science
Employee Type: Extension, Faculty
Location:  AGRS 330
Office Phone:   (435) 797-2174
Fax:   (435) 797-3376
4820 Old Main Hill, AGRS 330
Logan UT 84322-4820

 Specialties: Pomology


EDUCATION:

Ph.D. Plant Physiology, Oregon State University
M.S. Horticulture, Michigan State University
B.S. Plant and Soil Science, Utah State University

PROFESSIONAL AFFILIATIONS:

PROGRAM AREAS:

My overall program objective is to develop and adapt technologies that will help maintain the viability of the Utah tree- and small-fruit industries. The major focus areas under this objective are: (1) irrigation management, (2) season extension technologies, (3) new cultivars and rootstocks, (4) alternative fruit crops, and (5) system sustainability.

EXTENSION:

  • Tree Fruits – USU representative on the Utah State Horticulture Association board.
  • Berry Crops – Organized the Utah Berry Growers Association
  • Home Food Production - Assist county Extension agents with the Master Gardener programs related to fruit.

Extension bulletins and fact sheets

High tunnels:

Berry crops:

Irrigation:

Other:

  

RESEARCH

Recent (last 10 years) refereed journal articles:

                          *indicates graduate student

                        **indicates undergraduate student  

  • Black, B.L., T. Lindstrom, R. Heflebower, B. Hunter, S. Olsen and D.G. Alston. 2013.  Adaptability of primocane raspberry cultivars to a high-elevation arid climate. Journal of the American Pomological Society. 67(1): 47-56.
  • Marini, R.P., W.R. Autio, B. Black, J. Cline, R.M. Crassweller, P.A. Domoto, C. Hampson, R. Moran, R.A. Quezada, M. Stasiak, T. Robinson, D. Wolfe. 2012. The Influence of Crop Density on Annual Trunk Growth of ‘Golden Delicious’ Apple Trees on Three Rootstocks at 11 Locations. Journal of the American Pomological Society. Journal of the American Pomological Society 66(4): 183-195.
  • Hunter*, B., D. Drost, B.L. Black, J. Frisby, R. Ward. 2012. Improving growth and productivity of early season high tunnel tomatoes with targeted temperature additions. HortScience 47(6): 733-740.  
  • Marini, R.P., R. Crassweller, W.R. Autio, B. Black, J.A. Cline, P. Domoto, C. Hampson, R. Parra-Quezada, T. Robinson, M. Stasiak, D. Wolfe. 2012. Summary of the NC-140 apple physiology trial: The relationship between ‘Golden Delicious’ fruit weight and crop density at 10 locations as influenced by three dwarfing rootstocks. Journal of the American Pomological Society 66(2): 78-90.
  • Ernst*, T., S.D. Rowley*, B.L. Black and T.R. Roper. 2012. Reviewing potential local fruit markets: A Utah case study.  Journal of the American Pomological Society 66(1): 16-22.
  • Rowley*, M.A., C.V. Ransom, J.R. Reeve and B.L. Black. 2011. Mulch and organic herbicide combinations for in-row orchard weed suppression. International Journal of Fruit Science 11: 316-331.
  • Rowley*, D., B.L. Black, D. Drost and D. Feuz. 2011. Late season strawberry production using day-neutral cultivars in high-elevation high tunnels. HortScience 46(11): 1480-1485.
  • Rowley*, M.A., B.L. Black, C.V. Ransom, J.R. Reeve and J.E. Creech. 2011. Alternative alleyways for tart cherry orchards. Journal of the American Pomological Society 65(4): 208-217.
  • Autio, W.R., T.L. Robinson, B. Black, T. Bradshaw, J.A. Cline, R.M. Crassweller, C.G. Embree, E.E. Hoover, R.S. Johnson, G. Lang, M.L. Parker, G.L. Reighard, J.R. Schupp, M. Stasiak, M. Warmund, and D. Wolfe. 2011. Performance of ‘Fuji’ and ‘McIntosh’ apple trees after 10 years as affected by several dwarf rootstocks in the 1999 NC-140 apple rootstock trial. Journal of the American Pomological Society 65(2): 2-20.
  • Autio, W.R., T.L. Robinson, B. Black, T. Bradshaw, J.A. Cline, R.M. Crassweller, C.G. Embree, E.E. Hoover, R.S. Johnson, G. Lang, M.L. Parker, R.L. Perry, G.L. Reighard,  M. Stasiak, M. Warmund, and D. Wolfe. 2011. Performance of ‘Fuji’ and ‘McIntosh’ apple trees after 10 years as affected by several semi-dwarf rootstocks in the 1999 NC-140 apple rootstock trial. Journal of the American Pomological Society 65(2): 21-38.
  • Johnson, S., R. Anderson, W. Autio, T. Beckman, B. Black, P. Byers, J. Cline, C. Chavez-Gonzalez, W. Cowgill, R. Godin, G. Greene, M. Kaps, J. Kamas, H. Larsen, T. Lindstrom, D. Miller, M. Newell, D. Ophardt, D. Ouellette, R. Parra-Quezada, R. Pokharel, G. Reighard, T. Robinson, J. Schupp, L. Stein, K. Taylor, C. Walsh, D. Ward, M. Warmund, and M. Whiting. 2011. Performance of the 2002 NC-140 Cooperative Peach Rootstock Planting. Journal of the American Pomological Society 65(1): 17-25.
  • Reighard, G.L., T. Beckman, R. Belding, B. Black, P. Byers, J. Cline, W. Cowgill, R. Godin, S. Johnson, J. Kamas, M. Kaps, H. Larsen, T. Lindstrom, M. Newell, D. Ouellette, R. Phokharel, L. Stein, K. Taylor, C. Walsh, D. Ward and M. Whiting. 2011. Six-year performance of 14 Prunus rootstocks at 11 sites in the 2001 NC-140 peach trial.  Journal of the American Pomological Society 65(1): 26-41.
  • Stevens*, M.D., B.L. Black, J.D. Lea-Cox, D. Feuz. 2011. Horticultural and economic considerations in the sustainability of cold-climate strawberry production systems. HortScience 46(3): 445-451.
  • Rowley*, D., B.L. Black, D. Drost, and D. Feuz. 2010. Early season extension using June-bearing ‘Chandler’ strawberry in high elevation high tunnels.  HortScience 45(10): 1464-1469.
  • Papenfuss*, K.A. and B.L. Black. 2010. Regulated deficit irrigation of ‘Montmorency’ tart cherry.  HortScience 45(10): 1437-1440.
  • Crook, J.R.** and B.L. Black. 2010.  Chilling requirement to overcome bud dormancy in Intermountain West chokecherry ecotypes. Journal of the American Pomological Society 64(2): 86-91.
  • Black, B.L., D. Drost, T. Lindstrom, J. Reeve, J. Gunnell, and G.L. Reighard. 2010. A comparison of root distribution patterns among Prunus rootstocks.  Journal of the American Pomological Society 64(1): 52-62.
  • Hawks*, A., G.E. Cardon, and B.L. Black. 2009. Comparing strawberry salt tolerance using a low volume near-continuous gradient dosing system.  Journal of the American Pomological Society 63(4): 136-141.
  • Marini, R.P., B.L. Black, R.M. Crassweller, P.A. Domoto, C. Hampson, S. Johnson, K. Kosola, S. McArtney, J. Masabni, R. Moran, R.P. Quezada, T. Robinson, and C.R. Rom.  2009. Performance of ‘Golden Delicious’ apple on 23 rootstocks at 12 locations: A five year summary of the 2003 NC-140 dwarf rootstock trial. Journal of the American Pomological Society 63(3): 115-127.
  • Stevens*, M.D., B.L. Black, J.D. Lea-Cox, A.M. Sadeghi, J. Harman-Fetcho, E. Pfeil, P. Downey, R. Rowland, and C.J. Hapeman.  2009. A comparison of three cold-climate strawberry production systems: Environmental effects.  HortScience 44(2): 298-305.
  • Black, B.L., J.W. Frisby, K.S. Lewers, F. Takeda, and C. Finn. 2008. A heat unit model for predicting bloom dates in Rubus.  HortScience 43(7): 2000-2004.
  • Rowley**, L., N. Phillips, and B.L. Black. 2007. Seed stratification of an Intermountain West chokecherry ecotype.  Journal of the American Pomological Society 61(4): 179-182.
  • Stevens*, M.D., J.D. Lea-Cox, B.L. Black, and J.A. Abbott. 2007. A comparison of fruit quality and consumer preferences among three cold-climate strawberry production systems. HortTechnology 17(4): 586-591.
  • Black, B.L. and M. Ehlenfeldt. 2007. Foliar applications of GA4+7 reduce flowering in highbush blueberry. HortScience 42(3): 555-558.
  • Black, B.L., I.M. Fordham, and P. Perkins-Veazie. 2005. Autumnberry (Elaeagnus umbellata): a potential cash crop. Journal of the American Pomological Society 59(3):125-134.
  • Black, B.L., S.C. Hokanson, and K. Lewers. 2005. Fruit nitrogen content of sixteen strawberry genotypes grown in an advanced matted row production system.  HortScience 40(5):1190-1193.
  • Black, B.L., H.J. Swartz, G.F. Deitzer, B. Butler, and C.K. Chandler. 2005. The effects of conditioning strawberry plug plants under altered red/far red light environment on subsequent performance. HortScience 40(5):1263-1267.
  • Hokanson, S.C., F. Takeda, F., J.M. Enns, and B.L. Black. 2004. Influence of plant storage duration on strawberry runner tip viability and field performance.  HortScience 39(7): 1596-1600.
  • Black, B.L. 2004. Prohexadione-calcium decreases fall runners and advances branch crowns of 'Chandler' strawberry in a cold-climate annual production system. Journal of the American Society for Horticultural Science 129(4): 479-485.

 

RECENT HONORS AND AWARDS

Advisor to the 2011 recipient of the Ulysses P. Hedrick Award for best student paper from the American Pomological Society, Marc Rowley.
Paul H. Shepard Award from the American Pomological Society for best research paper. Black, B.L., D. Drost, T. Lindstrom, J. Reeve, J. Gunnell, and G.L. Reighard. 2010. A comparison of root distribution patterns among Prunus rootstocks.  Journal of the American Pomological Society 64(1): 52-62.
Undergraduate Research Mentor of the Year for the College of Agriculture 2010-2011, Utah State University.
Co-advisor to the recipient of the 2009 Ulysses P. Hedrick Award for best graduate student paper from the American Pomological Society, Austin Hawks.
Advisor to the 2009-2010 Undergraduate Researcher of the Year for the College of Agriculture, Jeremy Crook.
New Specialist Award 2008, Utah State University Extension Specialist Association. Voted as the outstanding new Extension specialist by association members.
Advisor to the 2007-2008 Undergraduate Researcher of the Year for the College of Agriculture, Laura Rowley Wright.
Advisor to the 2007 1st place winner of the Undergraduate Poster Competition, American Society for Horticulture Sciences, Laura Rowley Wright.