From 2011-2016, NCAP partnered with Oregon State University to research organic techniques to manage mummy berry disease of blueberry. Mummy berry is a disease of high economic concern throughout the U.S. and for organic producers, there were few reliable management techniques available. Through funding provided by the Natural Resource Conservation Service and United State Department of Agriculture, NCAP was able to parter with OSU and two organic blueberry producers in the Willamette Valley to test whether mulching could be used to manage mummy berry. Results should a significant decrease in pathogen spore release when 2 inches of Douglas fir sawdust was applied during the fall and winter months prior to bud break. View the peer-reviewed publication here.
Watch a video about scouting for mummy berry: