Crop Production News

Industrial hemp in Oregon: State officials drafting rules for hemp production

Oregon agriculture officials on Tuesday said they hope to have rules in place for the possibility of producing industrial hemp by the spring planting season.

The Oregon Department of Agriculture has assembled a committee of policy officials and agriculture experts, including Russ Karow, head of the Oregon State University crop and soil science program, to draft rules for industrial hemp production. Jim Cramer, director of the market access and certification program area of the Department of Agriculture, said the agency’s focus is crafting “robust” rules for hemp. 

Read more in the Oregonian »

Harvest Of Uncertainty

With harvest starting, wheat farmer Jim Williams has more questions than answers.

He typically begins harvest around July 10-12. Just like every other year, Williams is watching his fields and the markets, pondering the potential yield and price he’ll receive for his crop.

But after the discovery in May of genetically modified wheat on a farm in nearby northeast Oregon, Williams and other Northwest wheat farmers are still looking for answers from the USDA about its investigation and wonder how much the incident will impact overseas demand — and prices — for their wheat.

Read more at OPB »

OSU wheat expert helps growers choose right varieties

An Oregon State University wheat expert hopes to help farmers make the best choices as they select which varieties to plant next.

Mike Flowers, extensions cereals specialist, and Bob Zemetra, wheat breeder, teamed up during the Pendleton Field Day June 11 at OSU's Columbia Basin Agricultural Research Center.

Flowers walked the different varieties available to growers on the field day's demonstration plots, offering pros and cons of the options.

Flowers said growers often make their variety selection based on disease resistance, but can neglect other factors. He advises growers to plant a mix of wheat varieties for different attributes, including maturity. In wet, cool years, late-maturing varieties tend to perform better. In dry years, early-maturing varieties tend to be better, he said.

Read more in the Capital Press »

OSU researcher tracks stripe rust on susceptible wheat

Stripe rust is spreading quickly on susceptible wheat varieties in Oregon State University test plots, extension cereal specialist Mike Flowers says.

Flowers provided an email update to industry members regarding signs of stripe rust and septoria on unsprayed South Willamette Valley variety trials.

If rust is showing up in his plots, farmers with susceptible varieties will likely be seeing the same thing, he said.

Read more in the Capital Press »

Bringing Barley Back to the Valley: OSU Rejuvenates Oregon’s Barley Crop, Brewers Get Amped

Oregon State University has been successfully working on reestablishing barley in Oregon, according to Oregon’s Agricultural Process magazine. Professor Pat Hayes and his team now have about 10,000 experimental barley varieties that they monitor for hardiness, disease resistance, and yield.

Though barley remains an important crop worldwide, its prominence in Oregon has decreased substantially in the past 50 years. OSU researchers and local farmers would like to see Oregon barley play a more prominent role in food and beer.

Read more in the Corvallis Advocate »

Macnab Helps Bridge The Gap Between Agricultural Science And The Farm

Sandy Macnab likes to tell folks he went to Oregon State University to get his schooling, then came back to the farm to get his education.

Orville Blaylock [at 4 Kernel Ranch in Sherman County] was one of the most patient teachers I ever had and has been a strong influence in my life and career, even though he may not know it,” Macnab said.

Read more in The Dalles Chronicle »

Fulbright sends OSU's Hannaway to China

A member of Oregon State University’s faculty is one of two people in the United States to win a new award from the Fulbright Scholar Program.

David Hannaway, a forage program director and Asia Initiative liaison at OSU, received a distinguished chair award from the program to teach and research forage-related topics for eight months in China.

Read more in the Corvallis Gazette Times >

Weed Science Professor Carol Mallory-Smith Debates Biotech Beets

There was not much common ground among farmers during a recent USDA public meeting about genetically engineered sugar beets.

Read entire article in the Capital Press

International Influence in Research, Education and Production Boosts Oregon Agriculture

Oregon agriculture is a $4 billion annual enterprise with international connections. Eighty percent of what the state produces, from wine and cattle to blueberries and hazelnuts, is shipped out of state -- and half of that travels overseas.

Read entire article in the Oregonian.