Judy Kowalski

Berry Crops

Enroll in the next offering of the Online Blueberry Physiology, Production Systems, & Management Course!

Learn the fundamentals of blueberry plant physiology and growth, species and types grown and cultivar adaptation, planting establishment, production systems, and important pests to develop successful new plantings or improve the yield and production efficiency of existing planting in this online, instructor-led certificate program offered by Professional and Continuing Education at Oregon State University.

Within a collaborative, research- and experience-based curriculum and interaction with the instructor and peers through a discussion board, you will finish the course with a comprehensive knowledge of growing thriving bushes.

'Obsidian' blackberries

Amanda Vance

'Elliott' blueberries are machine harvested for a research trial in August 2018

Amanda Vance

About the Berry Crops Production, Physiology, and Breeding Program

Oregon has a diverse, economically important berry crop industry with about 23,000 acres harvested for a farm gate value of over $123 million. Berry crops are grown on over 1000 family farms in Oregon. The overall goal of the berry crops research and extension program is to help growers of blueberry, blackberry, raspberry, strawberry, cranberry, and kiwi fruit make educated decisions with regard to planting establishment and management to improve economic viability and sustainability.

The berry research program at the NWREC led by Dr. Strik includes: 1) production and physiology research; and 2) serving as the OSU lead on the berry crops breeding program, led by Dr. Chad Finn (USDA-ARS geneticist at the Horticultural Crops Research Unit, Corvallis) – the breeding program, a cooperative effort between the USDA-ARS and OSU that started in 1917, has the objective of developing better berry crop varieties for the Pacific Northwest.

Our program has many trials underway in any given year, with updates on completed and ongoing research projects at our new

For links to Dr. Strik's published papers and Extension publications, refer to her faculty page in the Department of Horticulture at Oregon State University.

Use the links below to access extension resources specific to either commercial berry growers or home gardeners.