Department of Crop and Soil Science News

OSU extension agronomist Don Horneck dies at 56

Don Horneck, an extension agronomist for Oregon State University at the Hermiston Agricultural Research and Extension Center, has died at age 56.

Don Horneck, long-time extension agronomist for Oregon State University at the Hermiston Agricultural Research and Extension Center, died Sept. 28 in Hermiston.

He was 56.

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OSU names Jay Noller new head of crop and soil science

Oregon State University has selected Jay Noller the new department head of crop and soil science in the College of Agricultural Sciences.

Noller, a longtime landscape soils professor in the department, started his new position on October 1. He succeeds Russ Karow who served as department head since 2001.

“Our research into soil and crops will continue to have a common theme: food. Improving food, creating sustainable conditions to produce food and supporting stakeholders in agriculture and natural resources,” said Noller, who previously served as associate department head under Karow.

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OSU, wheat commission reach royalty agreement

At an extension meeting here Sept. 16, an Oregon Wheat Commission administrator unveiled terms of an agreement between the commission and Oregon State University for how OSU spends royalties on OSU-developed wheat varieties.

Under the agreement, 75 percent of royalties collected by the university will be put back into the wheat breeding program. Five percent of royalties will go to the Crop and Soil Science Department, 10 percent to variety inventors and 10 percent to the OSU Research Office.

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Where the Wild Bees Roam

The female squash bee rises from her nest at dawn, earlier than any honeybee or bumblebee buzzes awake. She leaves her young in a nest tunneled about a foot beneath the ground to attend to her daily tasks of sipping nectar and gathering pollen grains. She only has eyes for golden pumpkin and butternut squash blossoms flush with nectar reaching from sprawling, hairy plants. 

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Pest management advice from OSU experts: Spray with water, shake to avoid using chemicals

Effectively managing garden pests, including insects, plant diseases and weeds, can be a challenge for gardeners concerned about the environment and human health.

Integrated Pest Management is a systematic approach to identify pests and use tactics that are cultural, physical, biological or chemical.

The least toxic and effective methods are always considered first, according to Oregon State University researchers Andy Hulting, a weed control specialist, and Gail Langellotto, an entomologist.

Read more in the Oregonian »