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Department of Crop and Soil Science News
Oregon State University’s College of Agricultural Sciences said goodbye to seven long-time Department of Crop and Soil Science personnel in a celebration Dec. 12 that drew researchers, crop consultants, farmers and university administrators.
The celebration included a recognition ceremony during which participants honored long-time OSU Extension personnel Bill Young, Glenn Fisher and John Hart, as well as Department of Soil Science personnel Ann Corey, John Baham, Barbara Reed and former department head Russ Karow.
Located in north east of America, Oregon stands alone as the country's biggest seed producer after discovering it couldn't compete with other crops being produced by neighbouring states.
Professor Tom Chastain from Oregon State University says the key to profitability is specialisation.
"Oregon is the leader in pasture seed production in the United States," he said.
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.
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.
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.