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Northwest Berry Foundation

Pacific Tree Frog 8/23/2019 by Cinzia Ballantyne

Week 36
September 4, 2019 TOM PEERBOLT
Northwest Berry Foundation
THIS ISSUE
Field Reports
As the season winds down and I’m getting set to go off the
Industry Calendar Oregon coast for a couple of weeks of ‘recovery time’, there’s a
number of acknowledgements and thanks I need to pass on:
Industry News
• The regional berry commissions and councils who make this
newsletter possible with their financial support.
• All the industry colleagues and cooperators who contribute
SUBSCRIBE >> their knowledge to the Small Fruit Update year after year.
• The PCM (Peerbolt Crop Management) staff who do so much
to support the Northwest Berry Foundation and the Small Fruit
Update, Jason Myer and Julie Pond. These guys have taken
over complete oversight of the field scouting and reporting
services that the SFU relies upon to provide real-time, accu-
rate field conditions
• The 2019 PCM field scouts, Jeanette Krampien, Cinzia Ballan-
tyne, Angie Mestas and Josh Roberts, who have comprised
what likely qualify as our best field team ever! Some of these
folks are looking for full-time employment in our industry. If
you’re looking for someone, let us know and we’ll see if it’s a
possible match.
• Heather Fara, who came on board in the middle of the season
about six weeks ago as the Northwest Berry Foundation’s
communication and projects coordinator and has done a
Northwest Berry Foundation remarkable job getting up to speed and carrying the load.
is a 501c3 with the mission to • Alex Roberts, NBF’s recently hired bookkeeper and office
support a sustainable North- person. Alex has been a great support for all of us and terrific
western berry industry. team member.
• And lastly, Anna, my wife and business partner, who retired
from active involvement in the business this year. Can’t believe
we’re survived 37 years of marriage, 23 years of being busi-
ness partners and she’s still willing to go on vacation with me.

Thanks to all of you!

Tom
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FRASER VALLEY, BRITISH COLUMBIA
Sunday September 1st
BC BLUEBERRY COUNCIL'S
Blueberries: Some guys going into 3rd pick on Elliots and
some finishing second. Aurora wrapping up first pick as is LATEST FIELD REPORT
Last Call. Any Liberty left is a 3rd pick machining. As you
mentioned there have been some softness issues here as READ HERE >>
well on the late season varieties. The week ahead looks to
be pretty non threatening, except for a bit of a potential
shower glitch on Tuesday (3rd). Busy with the post harvest
activities and field prep for new plantings and removal of
some caneberries. Since my comments last week didn't
make it I just want to reiterate as to the high levels of field
voles out there in many fields. I've noticed this all season
long and I don't recall seeing as many as this in the past. I'd
urge growers to evaluate their levels of infestation and take
measures to control them as some fields are taking on some
considerable physical damage to roots and crowns. This could
even mean eliminating permanent or seasonal cover crops.

WASHINGTON
Monday September 2nd
Lisa Wasko, Lead Small Fruit Researcher, WSU-NWREC Mount Vernon

Blueberries: We continue to finish up our field trials, including a final picking of 'Liberty' for a harvest inter-
val study with Oxbo's most recent over-the-row harvester prototype engineered for fresh market. We have
observed some exiting results with these experiments in 2019 that we will be sharing in future conference
presentations. Overall, quality in western Washington has been good and it's seemingly most notable in the
'Liberty' fruit as a I review at the data - nice berry size and firmness throughout our pickings. I infer part
of this was because we had a good window for pollination. In addition to blueberry, we continue to harvest
'Albion' in some of our mulch trials. Berry size and yields are good, although SWD pressure is high.

I was also out in eastern Washington this week sampling soil and leaves for a graduate student project. The
season has been very unusual with more frequent rainfalls and relatively cool temperatures (except for one
of the days I visited!). This has had an impact on fruit quality. The blueberry season there also seems to
be wrapping up, with a few pickings of 'Last Call' and 'Aurora' going on and packing house activities on the
decline for many operations.

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WILLAMETTE VALLEY,
OREGON
Tuesday September 3rd
Blueberries: We’re winding up the season as
later picks of Elliott, Aurora and Last Call con-
tinue to come in. Rabbiteye varieties are also
being picked. The couple of days of intense
heat this week did a real number on fruit
quality. Major softness problems. The plants
have adapted to this mild weather so they
seem to have less tolerance then we’d normally
expect from just a couple of days in the 90s. I
suspect the larger than normal fruit load and
larger than normal fruit size also contributed. All
correlated aspects I guess. Hopefully the quality
will improve with moderating temperatures.

Strawberries: The heat impacted the straw-


Strawberry sunburn
berry quality but not as much as I thought it 9/2/2019 by Julie Pond
would. Perhaps others have noticed something
different. Thrips, Lygus bug and SWD are still
a problem. Fruit rot continues but the morning
dew is now factoring into the equation. Overall
the fruit quality isn't looking too bad right now
if there has been adequate insect management,
water and fertility.

Click for this week's


long-range
forecast for the Pacific
Northwest.

Praying Mantis
8/26/2019
by Cinzia Ballantyne
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SEPTEMBER 4 NOVEMBER 18
washington red raspberry Central Washington Blueberry
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SEPTEMBER 10
OREGON raspberry & BLACKBERRY DECEMBER 2-3
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Tualatin-Sherwood Rd, Tualatin, OR 97062. Conference Agenda is packed. Registra-
tion coming soon. Silver Reef Resort, Ferndale
SEPTEMBER 25 WA
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SEPTEMBER 27
Blueberry Physiology, DECEMBER 5
Production Systems, & Washington Red Raspberry
ManagemenT 6-week OSU online course Commission Annual Meeting 8:00
taught by Bernadine Strik. Click here to AM , 204 Hawley St. Lynden, WA
register.
JANUARY 8
OCTOBER 1-4 Washington Red Raspberry
North American Blueberry BC Commission Committee Meeting
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meeting Conference already very well Hawley St. Lynden, WA
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commission board meeting 1pm -
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Highlight Trade

Challenging summer for blackberry growers in the Peruvian blueberry volume into U.S. increasing
Northwest (8/29, Fresh Plaza) (8/29, Fresh Plaza)

Blueberries in North America switching over slowly China’s extra 10% tariff on U.S. ag imports kick in
to imports (9/2, Fresh Plaza) (8/29, Fresh Fruit Portal)

Washington blueberry grower drums up support to Strawberries


block 50% wage increase (8/27, Fresh Fruit Portal)
Europe: “No shortage on the strawberry market,
Intel fine tunes its supply chain solutions with the supply last week double that of last year” (9/2,
help of blueberry farmers (8/30, ZDNet) Fresh Plaza)

Cal Giant fresh strawberries displayed at China’s Fresh raspberries


first Costco opening (8/27, Vegetable Growers
News) “Protected growing of raspberries to answer
market trends” (8/29, Fresh Plaza)
North America
Technology
Florida: Impacts of Hurricane Damage on
Southern Highbush Blueberries (8/30, Florida Yamaha, other invest in robotic strawberry
Blueberry Growers Assn) harvester (8/29, Vegetable Growers News)

Europe Rotating cross-arm trellis lowers blackberry costs


(8/28, Fruit Grower News)
Spain: “Blueberry research drives the market”
(9/3, Fresh Plaza) Fruit recovery/waste
Poland: Blueberry prices continue to fall (9/3, Half of fresh produce is lost on the journey from
Fresh Plaza) farm to consumer (8/30, The Packer)

Australia

“We could be known as the Big Blueberry” (9/2,


Fresh Plaza)

Mt Baker blueberry fields 7/12/2018 by Jason Myer


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