Head start on better berries

Oregon State University researchers have finished and published an $890,000, 10-year study about the best ways to grow organic blueberries.

Not that growers have been waiting this whole time. They have been implementing the techniques for years as they learned through field days and presentations about the benefits of raised beds, feather meal fertilizer and weed mats.

“Growers will jump on things sometimes quickly,” said Bernandine Strik, lead researcher for the project, conducted on a one-acre block at OSU’s North Willamette Research and Extension Center.