Does Sand Application to Soil Surface Benefit Cranberry Production?

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  • 1 Department of Horticulture, Oregon State University, ALS 4017, Corvallis, OR 97331-7304
  • | 2 Coos County Extension, Coos County Coquille Annex, 290 North Central, Coquille, OR 97423

The effect of sand application to `Stevens' cranberry (Vaccinium macrocarpon Ait.) was studied for 3 years in a 24-year-old (site 1) and an 8-year-old (site 2) commercial planting. Treatments in Apr. 1991 consisted of a onetime sand application of 1.3 or 2.5 cm on the surface of the cranberry bed and a nonsanded control. Yield component data were collected in Fall 1991 through 1993. In 1991, 2.5 cm of sand reduced yield 50% at site 2 compared to the nonsanded control. At site 1, the 2.5-cm sand depth did not reduce yield, while the 1.3-cm-deep application improved yield 18% compared to the control. The year after sanding (1992), yields equalized across all treatments at both sites. In 1993, there was no significant difference in yield for treatments at site 1. At site 2, however, heavy sanding reduced yield 63% compared to 1.3 cm of sand. Our work suggests that heavy sanding is not recommended for `Stevens' cranberry beds in Oregon.

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