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Department of Crop and Soil Science News
A pest new to the Pacific Northwest may be causing yield losses in clover grown for seed.
Casebearer moths, native to Europe, were first found in North America in the 1960s, when the moth was found in the New York state and Eastern Canada, according to Oregon State University Extension agent Nicole Anderson.
In 2001 was it reported in Western Canada, when researchers in Alberta identified it as being responsible for seed yield losses of between 25 and 45 percent in first-year stands of red clover.
HORT 260 Organic Farming and Gardening (3)
Organic farming and gardening methods are discussed in class and practiced in the field. The philosophical background of organic farming as well as the biological, environmental and social factors involved in organic food production are covered. Emphasis is on hands-on application of scientific principles to create sustainable food production systems. Lec/lab. Download flyer now »
HORT 499/599 or CROP 499/599 Organic and Third Party Certifications (2)
Spring Term 2014 - Tuesday 3:00-4:20 & Thursday 3:00-3:50, ALS 3096
Certification and labeling of the production and processing of agricultural products are some of the only ways that consumers can assure that the food they consume aligns with their values. There is a growing need to determine and understand what many of these food labels mean. In this course, students will learn the standards, procedures and processes necessary to certify land, production and processing as USDA organic, and correctly label products for the organic market as well as listing agricultural inputs for use in organic agriculture. In addition to Organic Certification, other important Third Party Certifications will be presented and discussed with the assistance of invited speakers. Download course flyer »
HORT 499/599 or CROP 499/599 Advanced Organic Farming (2)
Spring Term 2014 - Tuesday 1:00-2:20, ALS 3096
Peer-reviewed research on a broad range of topics related to Organic Agriculture has been ongoing for well over a decade and continues to increase. This course will focus on this body of knowledge to reveal the techniques, advances as well as needs and concerns in what is now one of the fastest growing sectors in agriculture. The course places high expectations on participants to read, present, and discuss the published literature. Students must be highly motivated to fulfill the requirements and expectations of this demanding subject. Additionally, credit-seeking participants must have senior status, some course work, or equivalent experience on the subject of Organic Agriculture (or consent of instructors). Download course flyer »
Mary Corp was named Hermiston Woman of the Year in a February 5 event. Hermiston honored its best and brightest with a mix of sincere compliments and good-natured ribbing Wednesday at the Distinguished Citizens Awards Banquet. Former Hermiston Superintendent Jer Pratton was named Man of the Year, and Mary Corp was awarded Woman of the Year during the 41st annual event at the Hermiston Conference Center.
Kate Lajtha received notice last week from Springer Publications that she has been nominated as a "Scientist of Distinction" to be honored in conjunction with the upcoming International Women's Day.
With craft beer and home brewing becoming more popular, interest is fermenting among gardeners in backyard hops.
Oregon State University's hops breeder, Shaun Townsend, said he regularly fields questions from the public about growing hops. He also teaches workshops on "hops growing 101" to prospective hops farmers and gardeners.
Oregon's Agricultural Experiment Stations are featured in the latest issue of Oregon's Agricultural Progress
photo by Lynn Ketchum
Crop and Soil Science faculty are featured in OAP, working on issues such as potato variety development and experimental crop plots, at ag experiment stations around the state.