Using Dogs to Control Bird Depredation of Blueberries

Project Overview

Project Type: Farmer
Funds awarded in 1997: $2,900.00
Projected End Date: 12/31/1998
Region: Northeast
State: Massachusetts


  • Fruits: berries (blueberries)


  • Pest Management: general pest management

    Proposal summary:

    Arthur and Rudolph Valonen, will attempt to use trained dogs to keep birds out of blueberry plantings on their pick-your-own farm. The goal is to find a lower-cost effective alternative to netting, which can cost more than $3,000 an acre. The Valonen's will determine which breed of dog is most suited to this work.

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