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Blueberries

Production
Pest Management
Marketing
Plant Breeding
Harvesting
Nursery Plants
Economics
Controlled Atmosphere Storage
Food Processing

Production

Information for New Blueberry Growers. 2007. Northwest Berry & Grape Information Network, a partnership with USDA-ARS, Oregon State University, University of Idaho, and Washington State University.

Blueberry Growing Guides. 2009. Covers the Blueberry Plant, Site Selection, Cultivar Selection, Cold Hardiness, Plantation Design, Site Preparation, Propagation, Nutrition and Fertilization, Water Management, Mulching, Alternatives to Sawdust, Pruning, Pollination, Hand Harvesting, Mechanical Harvesting, Marketing Options, Fresh Market vs. Processing, Post-Harvest Handling, and Maintenance Calendars. The Northwest Berry & Grape Information Network, a partnership with USDA-ARS, Oregon State University, University of Idaho, and Washington State University.

Blueberries: Organic Production. George Kueper & Steve Diver. NCAT Agriculture Specialists. June 2004. Appropriate Technology Transfer for Rural Areas (ATTRA).

An Overview of the British Columbia Highbush Blueberry Industry. Revised November 2003. BC Ministry of Agriculture, Fisheries, and Food, Abbotsford, British Columbia.

Pest Management

Blueberry scorch site, provided by Whatcom County. Excellent update and pictures of the various types of scorch being observed in northwest WA and the lower river valley of the Fraser River.

Northwest Berry & Grape Information Network. This site covers Diseases, Insects, Weeds, Managing Bird Damage, Rabbit and Deer Damage, Pocket Gophers and Voles, Nematodes, and Nematode Management.

Blueberry Pest Management: A Seasonal Overview, June 1997, John R. Meyer and William O. Cline, Departments of Entomology and Plant Pathology, North Carolina University.

Pacific Northwest Weed Management Handbook, updated 2009. Complete on-line guide to all phases of weed control.

Pest management guide for commercial small fruits. 2009. Washington State University Extension Publications, EB1491.

Pesticide label database, Crop Data Management Systems; free listings of pesticide labels. Material safety Safety Datasheets.

An Online Guide to Plant Disease Control, Oregon State University. Excellent color plates.

Blueberry diseases in Michigan. D. Ramsdale, Michigan State University. Color plates.

Marketing

US Highbush Blueberry Council, this is an organization made up of members of the highbush blueberry industry in the USA and Canada. This site is designed to inform and promote the use of blueberries in the consumer, food service, food industry and export markets.

Blueberry Promotion, Research, and Information Order, USDA Agricultural Marketing Service.

Oregon Blueberry Commission, Byran Ostlund, Commission Administrator, Salem, OR. OBC directs dollars towards in-state promotion and blueberry research.

Hurst's Berry Farm, Sheridan, Oregon. Mark Hurst is one of the largest Northwest fresh market fruit buyers. His farm and packing plant are located in North Willamette Valley.

British Columbia Blueberry Council, Abbottsford, British Columbia. Description of the industry, recipes.

Plant Breeding

Dr. Chad Finn, USDA Agricultural Research Service, Horticultural Crops Research lab, Corvallis, OR.

Dr. Pat Moore, Washington State University, Western Washington Research and Extension Center, Puyallup, WA.

Harvesting

Washington Growers League, a membership organization consisting of agricultural growers in Washington State. It provides compliance and help for all areas of labor, including farm health and safety issues.

Nursery Plants

Fall Creek Farms and Nursery. Dave Brazelton, Eugene, OR. One of the leading west coast nurseries.

Weeks Berry Nursery. Keizer, Oregon. (503) 393-8112.

Breyman Farms, Inc.,PO Box 607, Independence OR 97351 (503) 838-3696. Email: breymanfarms@aol.com

Aldrich Berry Farm and Nursery, 190 Aldrich Road, Mossyrock, WA 98564, phone: (360) 983-3138, Fax: (360) 983-8588.

Cam's Nursery, 12383 NE Carl Road, Woodburn, OR 97071. Phone: (503) 982-1736.

Economics

Years 2006–2008 Berry acreage, production, and value, July 2009, USDA, statistics provided for both Oregon and Washington.

Blueberry Establishment Budget, Fraser Valley, Summer 2001, Mark Sweeny, Berry Crop Specialist, British Columbia Ministry of Agriculture, Food and Fisheries.

Blueberry Full Production – Hand Harvested: Fraser Valley. Summer 2001, Mark Sweeny, Berry Crop Specialist, British Columbia Ministry of Agriculture, Food and Fisheries.

Berries and Vines: Enterprise Budgets – Planning for Profit, British Columbia Ministry of Agriculture, Fisheries, and Food; costs of production, and potential returns for berry crops.

Market News Reports – Terminal Market Blueberry Fruit Report, USDA Ag Marketing Service.

Controlled Atmosphere Storage

No information available at this time, please check back for updates.

Food Processing

Curry & Company, Brooks, Oregon. Buys blueberries from Northwest growers, also re-packer.

Gingerich Farms, wholesale fresh and dried blueberries.

Oregon Gourmet Foods. Trade association whose members produce a varied assortment of gourmet foods either grown, made or caught in Oregon to be sold on local, regional, national and worldwide levels.

Columbia Empire Farms, Sherwood Oregon, many different types of of berry products.

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