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Organic production systems in northern highbush blueberry – After 14 years of research what are the best choices for growers?

Join eOrganic for a webinar on the results of 14 years of organic blueberry production research by Dr. Bernadine C. Strik, Professor and Berry Research Leader, Department of Horticulture, Oregon State University. The webinar is free and open to the public, and takes place on December 1, 2021 at 11AM Pacific, 12PM Mountain, 1PM Central, 2PM Eastern time. Advance registration is required.

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The northwest (Oregon and Washington) is the largest growing region for blueberry (Vaccinium corymbosum L.) in the USA, accounting for 35% of the total harvested area and 62% of total production in 2020. Long-term research on organic systems for blueberry has been conducted in western Oregon since 2006. Outcomes from trials have had significant impact on production leading to over 20% of the total blueberry area in Oregon and Washington certified organic, and production of 77 million lb (65% of USA organic production). In this presentation the key soil and mulch requirements for blueberry will be highlighted, including use of pre-plant amendments. Important results from research trials will be presented including a 10-year study (2006–2016) comparing planting method, fertilizer source and rate, and mulch in ‘Duke’ and ‘Liberty’.

About the Presenter

Dr. Bernadine Strik is a Professor of Horticulture at Oregon State University. Her research, extension, and teaching programs focus on physiology, pruning, nutrition, and organic and conventional production systems of berry crops. Bernadine is a world-renowned berry crop expert with over 250 scientific research papers and book chapters published. Dr. Strik is an ASHS Fellow, an OSU Alumni Association Distinguished Professor, and is a Fellow of the International Society for Horticultural Science. In 2021, Bernadine was presented the Duke Galletta Award from the North American Blueberry Council for her high-impact horticultural research in blueberry.

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