Our Members and Mission

Oregon Cranberry Growers Association Members are Oregon Cranberry Growers and people involved in the industry.  Our objectives are to support educational cranberry research with emphasis on current problems.  These problems range from weeds, insects, and diseases to nutrition, irrigation, mechanization, plant physiology and plant genetics.  OCGA projects are intended to further the development and general prosperity of cranberry production in Oregon.

2016 Oregon Field Day Presentations

Almost 50 people attended our summer field day Tuesday, August 2nd.  I gave a brief update on the data I've been collecting this season on greedy scale insects.  Don Kloft gave a nice presentation on fruit rot and fungicide use, and Ramesh Sagili, from Oregon State, gave a really excellent and helpful presentation on bee biology and safety.  I don't have Ramesh's presentation, but I am posting both mine and Don's here.  I think eventually I'll post them in a different location on the website, but I'm not sure where that will be yet.  

So .... here you go, as promised!

June 3, 2016 Scale Update

It looks like (perhaps) we have reached the peak point for crawler emergence … right smack in the middle of bloom.  Great.  This graph is pretty busy, but Basically, the red line is the % adults out there that had live crawlers in them … it looks like that number has leveled off in our control (untreated) sites that we’re using for a baseline.  The number of live scale per upright has decreased a bit as well (blue bars), which makes me wonder if perhaps last week or so was the peak emergence time, and the adults are dying off after releasing their eggs. 

5-2-16 Scale Update

No big changes on the scale front.  Since I began observing a few crawlers last week UNDER the scale cover, I decided to monitor twice weekly.  So far, nothing's changed.  This week I found ONE crawler on the stem, which is new.  Of the 237 live scale I observed this time around, 9 of the adults had a couple live crawlers under their armor (that's about 4%).  Remember, those live crawlers are 2 out of 40 or more eggs.  The bottom line: I think we're still early.  I was hoping for more development over this past week, especially with the warm weekend we had, but I'm just not seeing it yet.

Pest Update: 3-30-16

Scale insect update.

GREEDY SCALE:  As promised, I've been monitoring greedy scale infestations so that I can alert you all when their crawlers hatch.  If you remember, with these greedy scale (an armored scale), the best time to treat them is when their eggs hatch and the crawlers emerge.  The crawler stage is short (just a few days) and is when these scale insects are most susceptible to treatment.  

I have three locations that I'm monitoring for greedy scale: one north in Bandon, one in between Bandon and Langlois, and one south of Langlois.

Organic Grower Meeting Summary (3-5-16)

Saturday, March 5, 2016, was the day of the first Oregon Organic Grower Meeting.  Twenty-five people attended, most of which were growers.  Drew Katz of Oregon Tilth gave a nice presentation on the process involved in becoming certified organic. It’s quite the process, and it requires you to keep a lot of records, but it’s definitely not impossible or too overwhelming … many growers have either completed the process, or are in the middle of their transition period.

Here are a few of the highlights I picked up from the meeting:

Who can be a member of the OCGA?

If you grow cranberries in Oregon or work in a field related to growing cranberries, then you can be a member of the OCGA.

Why join the OCGA?

The OCGA was founded in 1985. It’s a voluntary, non-profit educational research foundation. The objective of the association, as stated in the Bylaws, is to “support educational cranberry research with emphasis on current problems”. We try to achieve this goal in many ways, three of which are listed below:

  1. Support research projects that will address current cranberry production issues. The majority of the funds we spend on research go to Dr. Kim Patten, Washington State Extension. His research projects were instrumental in acquiring labels for Callisto, Quinstar, Curio and Altacor to name a few of the recent added product labels.

  2. Keep growers informed of current issues. We do this mainly through Cranberry School and Field Days. Each year the OCGA Board considers which speakers and topics would benefit Growers the most. We also have special meetings as needs arrive.

  3. We keep connected with cranberry researchers. This year, Oregon is hosting the North American Cranberry Research and Extension Workers (NACREW) Conference. Cranberry Researchers from every growing region will be here talking about ongoing cranberry research and touring several of the local farms. The OCGA Board, Don Kloft, the Ocean Spray Ag. Scientist and our new County Extension Agent, Cassie Bouska, have all been working hard to organize the event.

  4. Access the Members Area of the OCGA website. Here we post presentations given during the current year’s Cranberry School, as well as other information related to growing cranberries.

If you are a long time member of the OCGA, thank you for your support. You’re the reason we have the School, Field Days and a label for the herbicide Curio here in Oregon. If you’re not a member, I hope you will consider joining and taking advantage of the benefits membership provides. I know times are difficult in the Cranberry Industry and every dollar counts, but I believe that keeping informed on current research and the tips that you can learn from attending will save you money in the long term.

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