Berry Crop Production Systems & Breeding

The overall goal of the berry crops research and extension program is to help growers of blueberry, blackberry, raspberry, strawberry, cranberry, and kiwifruit make educated decisions with regard to planting establishment and management to improve economic viability and sustainability.

Oregon has a diverse, economically important berry crop industry with over 30,000 acres harvested for a farm gate value of over $150 million.

The berry research program at the NWREC includes: 1) production and physiology research; and 2) serving as the OSU lead on the berry crops breeding program – 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. Click a program below to learn more.