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“That’s an advantage in the summer when it’s hot,” said Gabe Flick, who farms there and is a weed scientist and Oregon State University instructor. “But it can cause a challenge in the spring, when you need to dry out enough to plant.”

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A camera crew, fresh from Los Angeles, runs through a cornfield north of Corvallis.

Chickens. Photo by Chris Branam.

The record-breaking price of eggs has encouraged some people to consider raising chickens in the backyard, but it’s important to do some research before buying those cute little chicks.

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Dr. Udayakumar Sekaran joined the Department of Crop and Soil Science at the Malheur Experiment Station as Assistant Professor with research and extension responsibilities in irrigation and soil fertility.

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The Center for Teaching and Learning is pleased to announce that Meg Mobley, Senior Instructor of Crop and Soil Sciences (CSS), has been named the 2022-23 Blended Faculty Fellow.

Nicole Anderson conducts research in a field outside of Silverton in 2020. Photo by Mitch Lies

Longtime Polk County Extension agronomist Nicole Anderson has moved to the Oregon State University campus in Corvallis to become the new statewide Extension Seed Production Specialist.

Dr. Pete Berry Named Assistant Professor of Weed Science Crop and Soil Science, OSU

KOIN — Some days, Dr. Bob Zemetra is surrounded by pot plants all day.

Most people connect cannabis with recreational use. But the plant can do quite a bit for people and their communities, as researchers at Oregon State University are proving.

UMAPINE — What a difference a year made to dryland wheat growers.

The list of components in a dairy cow’s ration includes forages, nonfiber carbohydrate feeds (grains and by-products), rumen degradable and by-pass proteins, fat, minerals, vitamins, and other feed additives.

CSS is pleased to announce that Adam Fund has been named as the new Soil Health Lab Manager, effective June 6, 2022.

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Oregon Seed eUpdate  - Growers, researchers and others came to the 2022 Hyslop Farm Field Day in record numbers May 25 in Corvallis, the first such field day in three years.

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        by Shaun Townsend, Ph.D.

        Associate Professor, Senior Research


Organic Nutrient Management for Vegetable Production: a new online course for farmers and other professionals

NMPAN is very pleased to introduce our new Program Manager David Zarling.

Oregon Wheat Magazine - February 2022 edition: Three trials conducted on herbicide alternatives to glyphosate that help control or prevent glyphosate-resistant weeds.

A new pest guide, Pocket Guide to Grass Seed Pests and Beneficials: Identification, Monitoring, Management, is available to help identify pests and formulate management practices.

Work Hard, Play Hard: This saying captures the essence of an approach to life that unreservedly embraces challenges both at work and at play.

Central Oregon hay farmers have faced challenges this year with water shortages, drought conditions and supply chain issues.

CORVALLIS – It’s a simple equation: If you want to grow better plants, you first need to understand the soil.

Dr. David Myrold passed away on July 15, 2021 in Corvallis.  Dave was a Professor of Soil Science in the department from 1984 until his retirement in July 2021.  He is survived by his wife Jackie, sons Alan and Kirk, and a daughter, Becky.

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In her 17 years working as an extension entomologist in Eastern Oregon, Silvia Rondon has never received more reports, emails, phone calls and texts with questions asking what type of wasp they just saw.

Extreme heat and drought are expected to take a major toll on Oregon’s signature seed crops, though the extent of the damage won’t be known until after harvest.

PENDLETON — The wheat harvest started early this year on Starvation Farms, named for the frequently harsh growing conditions on the 7,000-acre plot of land roughly 10 miles north of Lexington.

Faculty, Staff and Friends of the OSU College of Agricultural Sciences,

I am pleased to announce that Dr. Silvia Rondon has been appointed director of the Oregon Integrated Pest Management Center (OIPMC) effective July 1, 2021.

On-the-ground experience coupled with an academic focus on water quality were deciding factors in selecting Abigail Tomasek as Oregon State University’s first Soil Water Quality Extension Specialist.

“With some of these weeds, you have to fight them forever,” said Ed Peachey, a weed specialist for Oregon State University Extension Service. “Many times, it’s more a process of controlling them rather than eradicating them."

This piece features Lauren Gwin, associate director, Center for Small Farms & Community Food Systems and Extension Community Food Systems Specialist.

New research led by Oregon State University, however, aims to determine the best varieties and farming practices for the niche crop locally, which could help to kick-start the fledgling industry.

For Jake Carpenter, the strategy was to divide and conquer at the annual Oregon State University Small Farms Conference on Feb. 22.

“This provides an out for those hemp crops that exceed the federal limit,” said Oregon State University Global Hemp Innovation Center Director Jay Noller. “They will have an additional market."

Compounds from hops may combat metabolic syndrome by changing the gut microbiome and altering the metabolism of acids produced in the liver, new research at Oregon State University suggests.

Though estimating the pest’s specific population isn’t feasible, damage to crops indicates their regional numbers are “astronomical” — likely in the millions, said Nicole Anderson, field crops Extension agent with OSU.

Oregon State University has hired a new extension agent for dryland wheat growers in Wasco and Sherman counties.

According to Global Hemp Innovation Center director Jay Noller, the decriminalization of hemp farming has attracted more growers than ever to the industry.

Jay Noller, director of Oregon State University’s Global Hemp Innovation Center, hit the road to visit with about two dozen hemp farmers across the state, from the Willamette Valley to the Klamath Basin.

Researchers at Oregon State University's Global Hemp Innovation Center are working with other experts to expand the knowledge base of hemp.

A short spell of unseasonable rain in early July isn’t expected to diminish yields for Oregon seed farmers during this summer’s harvest — unless it persists.

The Global Hemp Innovation Center was unveiled this week by Oregon State University and will be the largest such research hub in the U.S.

A new project launched by Oregon State University (OSU) aims to help spread oliviculture throughout California’s northern neighbor.