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Fake Snake Saves Huckleberries!!

Counting on fake snake to save huckleberries Bastrop Daily Enterprise They were huckleberries just like the ones my mom used to pick and make the absolute best cobblers I ever tasted. I declare those huckleberry cobblers are …

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Huckleberry in the News — Week of October 5

Harvest makes for a delicious berry pie — The Olympian We also have an army of huckleberry bushes scattered around our property. They provide evergreen leaves, low ground cover and, best of all, huckleberries. Now we are in the midst of that harvest… ‘Eat Your History’ Series: Thanks for Your Ideas! TheTyee.ca – Vancouver,British Columbia,Canada […]

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Dr. Barney’s Research Reports – July 21, 2009

I finished harvesting the breeder plants and evaluated a few thousand more seedlings. Three of the selections continued to be outstanding and another very good. If possible, I want to release these by 2012 or sooner. A few selections had only limited numbers of fruit, but quite large. They’ll serve as parents for more crosses. […]

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Excerpts from Dan Barney’s Research Reports – Early 2009

January 20, 2009 I’m still here. Officially, I leave on 1 April. When I actually can get into the Sawtooth depends on the snow levels. Between now and April 1, I will also be taking 10 days off for annual leave. It’s either use it or lose it and I can use the time to […]

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Excerpts from Dr. Barney’s Research Reports – 2008

February 14, 2008 (In response to an information request from Europe) I suggest you visit my website at www.ag.uidaho.edu/sandpoint. We have a great deal of information on the different huckleberry and bilberry species, including how to grow them. The names huckleberry, bilberry, whortleberry, and blueberry are interchangeable and it is not unusual for a single […]

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Excerpts from Dr. Barney’s Research Reports – 2007

March 5, 2007 I have been asked by the Forest Service to give a presentation at the Mt. Adams Ranger District on March 12. They are planning a large restoration project in the Sawtooth Berry Fields to enhance huckleberry colonies. The Forest Service has also agreed to let me spend a six month sabbatical in […]

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Excerpts from Dr. Barney’s Research Reports – 2006

July 17, 2006 There is an incredible demand for bilberries worldwide and our area is in a position to take the lead in producing these crops in managed production. …  As part of Cooperative Extension, I also have an obligation to help citizens throughout the country. I have thirteen selections I want to send out […]

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Excepts from Dr. Barney’s Research Reports – 2005

January 5, 2005 My contact with the Wisconsin researcher was less than satisfactory. He is,  apparently, completing some research and plans to publish it on in vitro  propagation of western Vaccinium species. Understandably, he did not want to  share any of his results and declined an invitation to collaborate on joint  projects. For his information, […]

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Excepts from Dr. Barney’s Research Reports — 2004

May 4, 2004 The conferences have generated more than enough interest and there is no shortage of volunteers to work as cooperating growers. Most I believe will obtain sufficient information from newsletters, websites, and annual conferences to manage their plots. I plan to select perhaps 20 growers and forest land managers in the region to […]

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Prospects for Commercial Production of Huckleberries and Bilberries

By Dr. Dan Barney, University of Idaho Commercial harvests of huckleberries and bilberries from the wild predate the nineteenth-century European settlers when these fruits were traded and bartered by Native Americans. By the late twentieth century, wildcrafted huckleberries had developed into a significant industry in the northwestern United States. Mountain huckleberry (Vaccinium membranaceum) is the […]

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