Oregon’s world-renowned berry industry adds over $140M to local economies, and there are more job openings in berry production than graduates to fill them.
We search for ways to diversify crops, products, markets, and value-added enterprises to keep profits on the farm and in rural communities. Collaborative partnerships and interdisciplinary research with industry leaders, the USDA Northwest Center for Small Fruit Research (NCSFR), and the OSU- USDA Cooperative Berry Crop Breeding Program have benefited industries in the Pacific Northwest, the U.S., and the world.
Click on Our Research to find out more about our current and past projects.
Click on Resources for Extension Publications, Economics, and other information for growers
Click on People to see who we collaborate with and the broad scope of resesarch being done in berry crops
Students learn berry production within the context of plant biology and genetics, soils, ecology, and economics with applications in plant nutrition, pest management, business, and marketing. Learning to manage real- world dilemmas with case studies, field trips, and internships encourages students to interact with growers, managers, field reps, and consultants. Student-run clubs provide opportunities for leadership and extracurricular activities.
The last Online Blueberry Physiology, Production Systems & Management course led by Dr. Strik was offered in fall 2021. With Dr. Strik's retirement on December 31, 2021, the course is no longer available.
We are continuing to offer a series of courses covering a variety of pruning methods and techniques for blueberry, blackberry, raspberry, kiwifruit and grapes through Oregon State University's Professional and Continuing Education (PACE). You can take any of these courses individually or take them all to become a pruning master!
Our research is used to create and update extension publications available at the OSU Extension Catalog. To access the berry crop publications, click on "Agriculture", then "Berries and Grapes."
We host 3 field days each year at the North Willamette Research & Extension Center in Aurora, OR to highlight our research and the work being done by others in the region, as well as to see and taste the latest advanced selections from the breeding program. 2023 field days will be announced in Spring!
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