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Research Project: Cranberry Research Station Operations Agreement

Location: Vegetable Crops Research

Project Number: 5090-21220-004-022-S
Project Type: Non-Assistance Cooperative Agreement

Start Date: Sep 1, 2021
End Date: Aug 31, 2024

Objective:
Operate research station for production research to develop cranberry germplasm, production practices that contribute to improved cranberry yield, quality, reduced inputs to manage cranberry pests, diseases, nutrient and water conservation for cranberry production.

Approach:
Conduct research under field conditions reflecting industry standards to maintain and evaluate diverse cranberry germplasm and to evaluate alternative cranberry production practices that improve water conservation decrease plant diseases and pests. Field evaluation will include performance trials of breeding stocks, pesticide, cultural and biological control trials to evaluate the efficacy of established and novel practices for control insect pests and diseases; herbicide trials to evaluate weed control measures; frost and heat tolerance, winter hardiness trials to evaluate abiotic stress resilience; hydrological monitoring and management trials to develop optimal water conservation and management approaches; plant monitoring and management to assess nutrient use of plants to develop optimal nutrient management practices. Post-harvest crop yield and quality will be evaluated cooperatively. Data results from research will be used to develop approaches for improved production practices.