The Small Fruit Update

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What is the Small Fruit Update?

The Small Fruit Update is a weekly resource for the Pacific Northwest berry industry. It features regional crop reports, industry news, pest management, research and industry events. View the latest edition or access our archive for data on our previous releases before 2024

What is the Small Fruit Update?

The Small Fruit Update is a weekly resource for the Pacific Northwest berry industry. It features regional crop reports, industry news, pest management, research and industry events. View the latest edition or access our archive for data on our previous releases before 2024 below.

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SFU: Week 18

Small Fruit Update Week 18, 2023

I see blueberry bloom and fair weather! We have baby news within the Northwest Berry Foundation ranks! Elisa Ford’s baby boy, Corbin was born on 4/27.

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SFU: Week 17

Small Fruit Update Week 17, 2023

Whether you grow for processing or for fresh, many acres or few, your ideas are needed to help determine the future of strawberry research in Washington.

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SFU: Week 16

Small Fruit Update Week 16, 2023

This sad news hits both sides of the border. Dr. Bernadine Strik passed away on Friday, April 14th. She was first and foremost a friendly face to Pacific Northwest growers and collaborators.

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SFU: Week 15

Small Fruit Update Week 15, 2023

The only good thing about having the season delayed by 16 days (21 days when compared to last year at this time) is that growers can informally host folks in their fields.

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SFU: Week 11

Small Fruit Update Week 11, 2023

There are constant overlapping concerns in berry production. After a great caneberry workshop, there was lots of talk about world market competition.

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SFU: Week 14

Small Fruit Update Week 14, 2023

The USHBC initiated a multi-year national residue decline curve study to better inform industry of potential residue violations.

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SFU: Week 13

Small Fruit Update Week 13, 2023

Spring into new NBF opportunities!

It’s officially the start of spring and we kickstarted this week by circulating a press release highlighting NBF’s key growth points in the digital landscape over the last year.

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SFU: Week 12

Small Fruit Update Week 12, 2023

Mummy Berry—Heightened Alert:
We’re in a high risk situation in the Willamette Valley for mummy berry infections.
Washington growers hang on to your fuel receipts.

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SFU: Week 10

Small Fruit Update Week 10, 2023

I sat down with a couple folks from different blueberry sectors yesterday and, as predicted, everyone is tightening their belts this season. Lots of concern with Peru and organic production transitioning back to conventional practices.
Washington growers hang on to your fuel receipts.

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SFU Special Edition

Small Fruit Update (Special Edition) Week 09, 2023

2022 was a decent year for many red raspberry fields in Washington. Yes, we did get off to a slow, rainy start, and we did have a lot of heat later in the season, but plant growth and fruit quality were generally pretty good.

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SFU: Week 09

Small Fruit Update Week 09, 2023

Oregon blackberry growers in areas of the Willamette Valley are on edge after noting 9F (-12.7C) and 10F (-12.2C) temperatures plus windchills for a couple mornings late last week.
Washington growers hang on to your fuel receipts.

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SFU: Week 07

Small Fruit Update Week 07, 2023

Ben Buchholz, with Washington Friends of Farms and Forests, recently passed this along. Something to keep in mind:

Washington growers hang on to your fuel receipts.

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