OSU Blueberry School
This two-day blueberry “school” is intended for both new and experienced blueberry growers, farm managers, crew leaders, advisors, packers/shippers, and consultants. Experts from Oregon State University, USDA Agricultural Research Service, Washington State University, and the blueberry industry will address key issues of where the blueberry market is going; how you might be more successful in tight labor or volume markets; which cultivars are easiest to grow and are in most demand; how to establish new acreage using cutting-edge methods; projected costs and the resources available to growers for selecting new planting sites; how to best manage existing acreage to maximize returns of high-quality fruit; basic information on blueberry plant physiology to help growers minimize environmental stresses and improve yield potential; nutrient management programs for optimal growth and quality; irrigation and fertigation practices for higher quality and better efficiency; use of organic amendments and mulches; using weed mat as a mulch (strengths and possible weaknesses); planning for and improving machine harvest efficiency; pruning for hand or machine harvest (where can you cut corners….or not), maximizing pollination for good fruit and seed set; overviews of the most important blueberry viruses, diseases, insects, weeds, and vertebrate pests; and tools for good pest management. Information throughout the program will address the needs of conventional, transitional, and organic growers. For more information see our draft agenda.
Attendees will have the opportunity to socialize with speakers and other industry members during breaks, lunches, social hour, and dinner, all of which are included in the registration fee. The registration fee also includes a proceedings booklet, containing written summaries and relevant information for each topic covered, and a USB flash drive with PDF versions of the presentations (available at the event).
Simultaneous interpretation to Spanish will be made available for all presentations from Sponsor funds. If you are interested in being a sponsor for this event, please see more information on the sponsorship page.
There will be 11 CEU credits (continuing education credits for crop advisors) for the two day School, 4 pesticide credits from the Oregon Department of Agriculture, and 4 credits from the Washington Department of Agriculture. Sign-up sheets will be available for each of these certifiers at the end of the School.
Since space may be limited, we encourage you to register early. A group discount, per farm or business, is available.
Bernadine C. Strik
Extension Berry Crops Professor, Department of Horticulture Oregon State University