Department of Crop and Soil Science News

Spotted wing drosophila: Ripe fruit is ravaged right on the plant by this bug

The spotted wing drosophila is a new insect that enjoys fresh fruit as much as you do.

Amy Dreves is a research and extension entomologist at Oregon State University. She says the bug is a type of fruit fly that was discovered in California in 2008. Since then, it’s spread to nearly every state.

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Back to the earth

You know that part of the funeral service where the minister says “earth to earth, ashes to ashes, dust to dust”?

Cynthia Beal thinks you should take that literally.

“We’re really just dirt,” Beal said.

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Alternative crop trials part of OSU field day

A presentation on alternative crop trials will be a highlight of the Malheur County experiment station’s annual Summer Farm Festival and Field Day on July 9.

One of the most promising alternative crops Oregon State University researchers here have experimented with this year is camelina grown without any irrigation.

Employees of the OSU research station near Ontario were harvesting the camelina, a potential biofuel crop, June 30 and researchers said the crop looks good.

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New OSU Extension crops specialist getting out and about on area farms

Mid-valley farmers may notice a slight accent when they first meet Clare Sullivan, the new crops specialist for the Oregon State University Extension Service.

That’s because she is Canadian, having grown up in Guelph, Ontario, and Vancouver, B.C.

But Sullivan, 30, is excited to be living in the mid-valley and putting her experience in soil nutrients to work, although she admits she will have to get up to speed on the intricacies of growing and harvesting grass seed.

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Oregon Hopes to Be First State to Map GMO Fields

Before residents in southern Oregon overwhelmingly voted to ban genetically modified crops last month, farmers negotiated for months with a biotech company that grows engineered sugar beets near their fields.

Their goal was to set up a system to peacefully coexist, an online mapping database of fields to help growers minimize cross-pollination between engineered and non-engineered crops.

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