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 about 23,000 acres harvested for a farm gate value of over $123 million. Berry crops are grown on over 1000 family farms in Oregon. The overall goal of the berry crops research and extension program is to help growers of blueberry, blackberry, raspberry, strawberry, cranberry, and kiwi fruit make educated decisions with regard to planting establishment and management to improve economic viability and sustainability.

The berry research program at the NWREC led by Dr. Strik includes: 1) production and physiology research; and 2) serving as the OSU lead on the berry crops breeding program, led by Dr. Chad Finn (USDA-ARS geneticist at the Horticultural Crops Research Unit, Corvallis) – 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.

Our program has many trials underway in any given year. We provide updates and photos here, and for access to Dr. Strik's published papers and Extension publications, refer to her faculty page in the Department of Horticulture at Oregon State University.

    Production Systems

    Current Research Projects

    Past Research Projects & Ongoing Plantings

    Breeding Program

    The breeding program is a cooperative effort between the USDA-ARS (presently Chad Finn) and OSU (presently Bernadine Strik). This is a long-standing cooperation between the USDA and OSU that started in 1917. The objective of this program is to develop better berry crop varieties for the Pacific Northwest. For more information, click here!

    New Cultivar Releases:

    • 'Columbia Star', 'Columbia Giant', and 'Columbia Sunrise' blackberry
    • 'Vintage' and 'Kokanee' red raspberry
    • 'Charm', 'Sweet Sunrise', and 'Marys Peak' strawberry
    • 'Perpetua' and 'Mini Blues' blueberry

    For recently revised extension publications offering information on the latest cultivars of strawberry, raspberry, blueberry, and blackberry studied here at the NWREC, area growers, and other Pacific Northwest Universities, go to the OSU extension publication catalog. Click on 'Agriculture', then 'Berries and Grapes'.