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Commercial Red Raspberry Production in the PNW (pdf)
This publication describes the biology of raspberries; cultivar selection; plantation establishment and maintenance; and many raspberry management topics, including marketing. Pacific Northwest Extension Publication, October 2007

Caneberries Nutrient Management Guide (pdf)
Thorough guide to nutrient management in caneberries.  Includes foliar and soil testing and management decisions based on analysis results. Oregon State University Extension, January 2006

Raspberry and Strawberry Root Rots in Home Gardens
Root rot is common in home gardens. Here is an easy to follow discussion of symptoms, causes, and control methods. Washington State University Extension, February 1992

Preplant Soil Fumigation and Alternatives for Berry Production (pdf)
The US EPA is phasing in new regulations on many of the common soil fumigants, and these will not allow many growers to fumigate as they have done in the past. This fact sheet reviews the reasons for fumigation, fumigation techniques, new EPA regulations and alternatives to broadcast fumigation. Washington State University, 2011



Nutrient Management for Blueberries in Oregon (pdf)
This publication discusses proper methods for tissue and soil sampling for blueberry production.  Learn to interpret analysis results and amend your soils or utilize foliar feeds.  Oregon State University Extension, November 2006

Acidifying Soil for Crop Production West of the Cascade Mountains (pdf)
This publication discusses methods to acidify soils for acid-loving crops. Oregon State University Extension, February 2004

Blueberry Cultivars for Oregon (pdf)
This publication discusses blueberry cultivars for Oregon but is applicable to Whatcom County.  Advantages and disadvantages of each cultivar are discussed.  – Oregon State University Extension, March 2008

A Grower’s Guide to Pruning Highbush Blueberries
In this video a commercial grower and two Extension scientists show a four-step procedure for pruning plants of all ages to increase yield and quality. It is designed for both the commercial growers and the home gardeners. Oregon State University Extension, June 2011



Protecting Strawberries from Birds
If you are tired of fighting the birds for your strawberries, these tips might surprise you for effectiveness, and provide a splash of color as well. Washington State University Extension, August 2006

Raspberry and Strawberry Root Rots in Home Gardens
Root rot is common in home gardens. Here is an easy to follow discussion of symptoms, causes, and control methods. Washington State University Extension, February 1992

Weed Control in Strawberry
This website covers weed management, field selection, seedbed preparation, geese as weeders, crop rotation and competition, cultivation, and general management of strawberry beds. Washington State University Extension, September 1995



Cranberry Production in the Pacific Northwest (pdf)
Discusses the cultivated cranberry and how to cultivate, protect from pests and diseases, test and correct deficiencies, and harvest the crop in natural and developed beds. Pacific Northwest Extension Publication, May 2002

2012 Cranberry Pest Management Guide (pdf)
Charts and text list and describe chemical control measures suggested for the more common insect pests and diseases of cranberries in Washington State, and chemical compatibility. Washington State University Extension, December 2011



Chip Bud Grafting in Washington State Vineyards (pdf)
The process of chip bud grafting is described for vineyard growers interested in changing grape varieties. Background, benefits, requirements, and color photos demonstrating the various steps are provided. Washington State University Extension, July 2007

Protecting Grapevines from Winter Injury (pdf)
This publication describes three systems that may help prevent grapevine injury from winter freezes, which reduce fruit and wine production. Pacific Northwest Extension Publication, 2008

Grapevine Leafroll Disease (pdf)
Grapevine leafroll is a very complex viral disease. This publication addresses various aspects of disease symptoms, accurate diagnosis, vector management, and the absolute necessity of taking preventive measures. Washington State University Extension, 2008

Cover Crops as a Floor Management Strategy for the Pacific Northwest Vineyards (pdf)
Cover crops are an important vineyard floor management strategy. Topics covered include the benefits of using cover crops versus other floor management strategies, as well as information on many different types and species of cover crops and the advantages and disadvantages of each. Washington State University, August 2006



New Alternative Fruit Crops for Western Washington (pdf)
Many of the alternative fruit crops presented in this bulletin were initially tested for suitability to the home grower. There are several questions to be answered when looking for new crops that have the potential to be profitable; this bulletin will help answer some of those questions. Washington State University Extension, 2006

Growing Kiwi Fruit (pdf)
Good sources of Vitamin C, kiwifruit grow on vines, and will survive in the Northwest. Authors provide an evaluation of kiwi species they have tested. Site selection, vineyard planting and establishment, maintenance, harvest, and storage are covered. Pacific Northwest Extension Publication, 2004

Lingonberry Production Guide for the Pacific Northwest (pdf)
This publication describes the plant; discusses uses and products; lists cultivars; and outlines cultural management, pest management, harvesting, and marketing methods. Current lingonberry suppliers are listed with contact information. Pacific Northwest Extension Publication, January 2006