Managing blueberries organically requires additional production considerations, but may offer potential marketing opportunities. Join eOrganic presenters Dr. Bernadine Strik and graduate student, Handell Larco, from the Department of Horticulture at Oregon State University, and Dr. David Bryla, from the USDA-ARS, Hort Crops Research Lab in Corvallis, Oregon to learn about how the results of an organic blueberry production systems research study have provided insight on best planting methods, fertilization, irrigation, weed management, and economic considerations.
Dr. Bernadine Strik is an Extension Berry Crops Professor in the Department of Horticulture at Oregon State University. She has been at OSU since 1987 and covers Extension educational programs for the commercial berry crop industries, research, and teaching in the Department of Horticulture. Bernadine is the Berry Crop Research Leader at the North Willamette Research and Extension Center in Aurora, Oregon. She works on all berry crops with research interests focusing on improving yield and quality, machine harvest efficiency, alternative production practices, plant nutrition, cold hardiness, and organic production systems.
Handell Larco is a Master of Science student from the departments of Horticulture and Business Administration at Oregon State University. Previously, he received his Agricultural Engineering degree from Escuela Superior Politécnica del Litoral in Ecuador. His passion for organic agriculture brought him to Oregon to assist on research projects in berry crops. He has been primarily working with organic production systems of mature and newly established Northern Highbush blueberries since 2005.
Dr. Bryla is a Research Horticulturist at the USDA Horticultural Crops Research Lab in Corvallis, Oregon. He has been with the USDA for 10 years and worked in Oregon since 2003. He does research on variety of berry crops, including blueberries, blackberries, raspberries, strawberries, cranberries, and grapes. The overall goal of his research is to develop and evaluate new, productive practices for growing these crops in the Pacific Northwest. Specific areas of study include: irrigation, fertilization, and soil management; pruning and cropping practices; pest, disease, and weed management; cultivar selection; and organic production.
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