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BerrySmart Blueberry Farm

In collaboration with North American Blueberry Council, U.S. Highbush Blueberry Council, & WA Blueberry Commission we have been elected to host the 2022 "Berrysmart Blueberry Farm." Our goal is to validate a smart farm network that enables blueberry growers/packers/sales, tech community, and researchers to collaborate on farm operation optimization with better & more predictable yield outcomes

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collaborative experience between growers, researchers, & tech providers to optimize blueberry farming operations. Focusing on soil, soil nutrients, yield distribution, weather, chemicals, & labor. 

Project Priorities 

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-Lead definition of & project management of smart farm

-Recruit and implement tech providers & equipment donation – initial emphasis on soil & yield measurement, irrigation optimization, weather basics

-Aggregate data from multiple providers

-Deliver data – visualize and where possible, repackage for actionable use cases

-Year-end report on progress & learnings

 

Blueberry Council Innovation & Technology Committee

-Provide initial funding to jumpstart project in year 1

-Promote initiative & progress across industry (eg website, press, video, podcast, annual events)

-Support recruitment of tech providers

-Engage around industry norms / standards (grading, historical yields, economic measurements)

 

WA Blueberry Commission

-Promote field days

-Engage existing university research & extension projects (eg Oregon State University irrigation optimization)

-Support recruitment of tech providers

-Engage around industry norms / standards (grading, historical yields, economic measurements)

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Green Atlas Cartographer

The Green Atlas Cartographer is an innovative combination of hardware and software that allows flower and fruit counts to be quickly and accurately mapped over entire orchards. With high resolution AI assisted mapping, our customers know every block and every tree, to help manage the life cycle from flower to fruit.

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SoilOptix Top Soil Mapping

Offering much more than traditional soil measurement practices, SoilOptix® delivers the highest definition and most detailed field nutrient maps obtainable today. This empowers growers to make the best decisions for management and soil stewardship. SoilOptix® is your best choice, because every square foot is unique.

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WSU- AgWeatherNet

AgWeatherNet (AWN) provides Washington State farmers, gardeners, researchers and policy makers with weather data and weather-related decision-support tools to improve agricultural production (yield and quality), efficiency, and profitability while minimizing environmental impacts. AWN was established to serve irrigated agriculture in central Washington, but with a legislative mandate to serve the entire state has expanded to better serve other regions. LEARN MORE.

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Sentek- Drill & Drop

Sentek's Drill and Drop probe accurately measures soil moisture, temperature and salinity. The probe is fully encapsulated, easy to install and can be completely buried to reduce the risk of machinery damage. Drill and Drop can be used for vegetable crops, fruit and nut trees, vines, berries, research projects and landscape management.

Features

  • Tapered shape allows for extremely fast and high-quality undisturbed installation in majority of soil types.

  • Ability to measure the true soil profile, NOT slurry.

  • Buriable to any depth.

  • Pre-normalised sensors with inbuilt default calibration equations.

  • Access soil profile data through IrriMAX Live.

  • Available with moisture, salinity and temperature sensors at every 10 cm (4 inches) depth.

Lisa Wasko DeVetter

Assistant Professor, Small Fruits

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Learn more about Lisa by CLICKING HERE

Areas of Interest:

  • Whole-plant physiology of small fruit crops in response to alternative management systems designed to optimize plant productivity, fruit quality, and on-farm efficiencies while maintaining the health of adjacent natural resources within the diverse conditions of Washington State and greater Pacific Northwest

  • Crops of focus: raspberry, blueberry, strawberry.

Educational Background:

  • Ph.D., Horticulture, University of Wisconsin-Madison

  • M.S., Horticulture and Soil Science, Iowa State University

  • B.S., Horticulture and Biology, Iowa State University

Scott Lukas

Assistant Professor 

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Learn more about Scott by CLICKING HERE

The OSU Horticulture Integrated Cropping Systems Program focuses on providing research based solutions to high value irrigated crops, with an emphasis on optimizing production system outputs while reducing negative environmental impacts.

Career Links: 

Department of Horticulture

Hermiston Agricultural Research & Extension Center

Education

  • Ph.D. University of Hawaii at Manoa. 2015

  • M.S. University of Hawaii at Manoa. 2011

  • B.S. University of Nevada, Reno.  2007

Sakuma Brothers

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Today, Sakuma Brothers Farms in northwest Washington is well known throughout the industry and region as a committed leader in berry production, packing and processing. Sakuma Brothers has been vertically integrated for the past thirty years, ensuring fruit is picked at peak freshness, and packaged quickly to ensure excellent nutrition and flavor. 

Ever since 1915, the dedicated Sakuma family and its team, have been working to supply their customers with the very best quality fruit products and services. They have established a standard of high quality berry products; Growing Strawberries, Blueberries, and Blackberries.  Learn more about Sakuma Bro's amazing history.

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Current Sakuma Family Members (L to R): Glenn Sakuma, Ryan Sakuma, Bryan Sakuma & Richard Sakuma 

Blue Mountain Farms

More info coming soon!

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The U.S. Highbush Blueberry Council (USHBC) is a grower-driven organization working to be the global leader in knowledge, programs and resources used and shared by the blueberry industry. They support the domestic and international farmers who have a passion for growing the delicious and high-quality blueberries that inspire you to grab a boost of blue. Through collaboration and innovation, USBHC is moving their industry forward to bring you the best quality fruit and share the endless possibilities of blueberries.

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The Washington Blueberry Commission was formed under a marketing order from the Director of Agriculture in 1969, following Washington Agricultural Enabling Act of 1955. All growers in the state voted unanimously to form the commission and six commissioners were nominated to establish the commission. The commission serves as a touchstone for grower advocacy, research and best practices, and marketing for the hardworking growers and their 18,000+ planted acres across Washington State.

 

The commission meets once each quarter to conduct business and at the spring meeting, all growers are invited to attend and review the activities that have taken place in the industry. The budget for the year is also presented and two commissioners are elected for a three-year term.