Cranberries

1. Cranberry Production in Coos and Curry Counties

2. Production Resources

  • General Production Information
  • Nutrient Management
  • Organic Production
  • Irrigation
  • Renovation/Planting/Pruning
  • Pest Management
  • Yield
  • Bees, Microorganisms, etc

3. Other Cranberry Resources/Links 

 

1. Cranberry Production in Coos and Curry Counties

Cranberries are an important source of farm income in the two-county area. Beds along the  south coast produce 99% of Oregon's cranberry crop each year. Sandy, elevated marine terraces provide a good foundation for cranberries.

Oregon-grown cranberries have consistently excellent red color content that has historically been valued by processors for blending.

This high-value industry occupies on 0.1% of the Coos County land area and much less than that in Curry County. The average area planted in cranberries per farm is about 17 acres in the two-county area. Units range from one acre to more than 150 acres.

Cranberry farms are also a market for beekeepers who offer pollination services. About 3,500 Oregon hives are placed on cranberry farms during bloom. Cranberry farms also utilize the services of several custom operatures who build, prune, and resand beds. Local fabricators and machinists help to build specialized equipment for cranberry farming.

About 1,675 acres are harvested annually in Coos County, producing an average yield of 182 barrels per acre.  (One barrel equals 100 pounds of berries).  U.S. cranberry yield, on average, is over 200 barrels per acre.

In Curry County, cranberries account for 40% of Oregon production. Approximately 1,085 acres are harvested annually in Curry County, with an average yield per acre of 178 barrels. Curry County cranberries are located in the norther part of the county, between Langlois and Port Orford.

 

2. Production Resources

General Production Information

Cranberry Production in the Pacific Northwest (PNW 247)

Oregon Cranberry Practices Calendar (EM 8995)

Nutrient Management

 

  1. Cranberries: A Nutrient Management Guide for South Coastal Oregon (EM 8672)
  2. Cranberry Tissue Testing for Producing Beds in North America ((EM 8610)
    1. How to take a cranberry tissue sample
  3. FAQs on Cranberry Nutrition (from Cranberry School 2011)
  4. Money-saving ideas to reduce potassium fertilizer costs for cranberry production (John Hart)
  5. Calcium applications and cranberry production
  6. Phosphorous for Bearing Cranberries in North America

 

Organic Production

 Irrigation

 

  1. Using Tensiometers in Cranberries

 

Renovation/Planting/Pruning

  1. Planting New Cranberry Beds: Recommendations and Management (note: the fumigants listed in this publication are not labeled for use in cranberries in Oregon. ALWAYS read and follow the label!)
  2. Cranberry Planting Tips for New and Renovated Beds
  3. Mowing Study on Young Beds

 

Pest Management

2017 Cranberry Pest Management Guide (EB0845 - updated annually)

  1. PNW Insect Management Handbook- Cranberries
  2. PNW Weed Management Handbook
  3. PNW Plant Disease Management Handbook - Cranberries
  4. Biological Control of Black Vine Weevil in Cranberries (EM 9108)

Yield

  1. The Physiology of Cranberry Yield
  2. How to Estimate Cranberry Yield

Bees, Microorganisms, etc.

 

3. Other Cranberry Resources/Links

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