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OSU professor Markus Kleber, left, and graduate student Drew Childs collect soil samples from a crop field near Boardman, Ore., in March 2023. Photo: Cassandra Profita / OPB

New funding aims to help landowners sequester carbon in the soil of working farms and ranches.

Udayakumar Sekaran in field

Capital Press - As Oregon State University researcher Udayakumar Sekaran sees it, soil-moisture sensors help farmers irrigate more efficiently but are limited by the wires to which they are attached.

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James Cassidy has worn many hats as a rock star, farmer and soil scientist. On a recent Tuesday in July, he wore a lime green fedora with a single avocado earring and dirt-stained jeans.

Judit Barroso holds onto cheatgrass a common weed in Oregon - Photos by Yasser Marte/East Oregonian

For years, Judit Barroso, associate professor in weed science at Oregon State University, has been helping farmers fight back against both stubborn and invasive weeds by working at the Columbia Basin Agricultural Research Center near Adams.

When researchers in Oregon studied the impact of heat and drought on hops two years ago, the results were “an eye-opener,” says John Henning, a USDA hop geneticist. 

Late planting is associated with lower weed pressure because mechanically harrowing beds before crop seeding takes out much of the first generation weeds, said Joel Felix, an Oregon State University weed scientist

Jennifer Kling is a Professor (Senior Research) with the Crop and Soil Science Department. She will retire on June 30, 2023 after 23 years of service.


“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.”

field of lontra barley

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James Cassidy member of Information Society

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.

Cicada killer wasp next to ruler

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.