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.
Learn from the world’s leading experts on plant growth and physiology, cultivars, and production systems to establish or improve your own blueberry farm.
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. Keep an eye out for dates and programs as the season approaches.
Chad Finn, the USDA breeder who developed it, named it Columbia Star — a nod to Oregon and Washington and the river they share, and to its quality. (Capital Press)
Three categories of blueberry plants are best-suited for Oregon climates, according to Bernadine Strik, a berry specialist with the Oregon State University Extension Service. (Oregonian)
It’s best to plant them in late March through April after the threat of hard frost has passed in western Oregon, said Bernadine Strik, a berry specialist with Oregon State University.(Hillsboro Trib)
Updated cultivar guides for strawberries, blueberries, and raspberries are now available.
"Many people don't want to plant blackberries in their yard because they think it's an invasive weed," said Bernadine Strik, a berry crops specialist with the OSU Extension Service. (Oregonian)