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OSU Extension: Blueberry Field Day

July 18 @ 1:00 pm - 5:30 pm Free

Hosted by Dr. Bernadine Strik — the event starts promptly at 1:00pm

Meet at the long-term organic research plot (SW section of farm; follow signs; please walk or use our provided transport) welcome/introductions

Agenda:

  1. Development of alternate fertilization programs to correct nutrient problems found in long-term organic production systems – Amanda Vance, Senior Faculty Research Assistant and Bernadine Strik, NWREC
  2. Introduction of new project “Organic nitrogen sources, rates, and cut-off times in Central Washington – Amit Bhasin, graduate student, and Dr. Lisa DeVetter, Assistant Professor, WSU
  3. Improving pollination in blueberry – Weixin Gan, graduate student, and Dr. Lisa DeVetter, Assistant Professor, WSU
  4. Benefits of biochar and nitrogen-enriched soil amendments – Bryan Sales, Ph.D. candidate and Dr. David Bryla, Research Horticulturist, USDA-ARS, HCRU
  5. Does weed mat color and a layer of sawdust under weed mat make a difference in establishment? – Bernadine Strik and colleagues, NWREC-OSU
  6. Using drones to monitor growth and irrigation needs of blueberry — David Bryla and Scott Orr
  7. REFRESHMENT BREAK – Fruit will be available for evaluation (Brent Radke and Brian Yorgey, Dept. Food Sci. & Tech., OSU; Patrick Jones, Faculty Research Assistant, NWREC; Ted Mackey, USDA-ARS)
  8. Updates on management of Spotted Wing Drosophila – Drs. Cherre Da Silva and Vaughn Walton, OSU
  9. Update on Quinclorac herbicide in blueberry – Dr. Marcelo Moretti, Assistant Professor, OSU
  10. Steam weeder a new hope. Introducing a new tool for organic weed control in blueberry – Erik Augerson, graduate student and Marcelo Moretti, OSU
  11. Relatively “hands-off” production system for ‘Mini Blues’ & improving harvest efficiency of ‘Legacy’ – an update (third growing season) – Bernadine Strik and Amanda Vance, NWREC, OSU
  12. What blueberry cultivars/selections look good? Walk through USDA-ARS/OSU cooperative breeding test block & introduce new block – Dr. Chad Finn, USDA-ARS, HCRU; Dr. Michael Dossett, B.C. Blueberry Council & LMHIA, B.C., Canada; Ted Mackey, USDA-ARS; Patrick Jones, NWREC

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