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2018 Newsletters

February 2018 (row covers available for sale, grafting workshop Feb. 10th, why do we graft apples?, spring frost date planning, rats in town and country, OSU small farms conference Feb. 24th, ancient cheesemaking, grass tetany time approaching, speaking of pregnant animals..., pasture choices, upcoming canning class & plant sale in March.) Mobile Friendly

January 2018 (thinking of spring: all about seeds, hot beds & cold frames, tray cell size for transplanting, in the "mind" of plants, old growth forests & birds, insect spotlight: carrion beetles, food safety training events, soggy winter pastures, room still available in the 2018 OSU Master Gardener class - register online.) Mobile Friendly

2017 Newsletters

December 2017 (gardener wish list, winter garden & lawn care, grapes for cooler climates, LED lights for greenhouses, the wild side: newts and Columbia River basin salmon, farm and livestock: what do we eat now?, winter stress on ruminants, there is still room in the 2018 OSU Master Gardener class - held in St. Helens - registration available online.) Mobile Friendly

November 2017 (slug chronicles, rye grain vs. annual rye grass as a cover crop, moles and voles, cedar flagging, when trees age, bare ground for bees, plants attractive to bees, cribbing horses, gentle starts at birth, winter barn complications, bunk space, was my animal poisoned?, salt needs of livestock, keeping silt and manure out of ditches and streams, organic canada thistle control, 2018 OSU Master Gardener class to be held in St. Helens - registration is now available online.) Mobile Friendly

October 2017 (when will the frost arrive, storing garden produce, planting for slope stability, fall weeds, poison oak myths, moisture stress and scrub oaks, caffeine evolved independently in many plants, vegetable transplant technology, antibotic resistance and animal care, soil sampling and phosphorus, keep off the grass, how much do they eat, 2018 OSU Master Gardener class will be held in St. Helens). Mobile Friendly

September 2017 (food preservation information, winter mulch or cover crop, manure in the garden, bronze birch borer, slugs hiding, ticks aren't hiding (now), new publication, several new publications of note, fertilizing fall pastures, fall tansy control, lower critical temperatures, annual small farms school, canning information/publications) Mobile Friendly

August 2017 (bitter cucumbers, japanese beetle update, harvesting potatoes, plan to transplant this fall, late blight, tansy ragwort, livestock at large and pasture rental, summer food preservation classes) Mobile Friendly

July 2017 (garden toipics, blossom end rot of tomatoes, manure and gardens, Canada thistle, insects and birds, moles aren't easy to love, mole management, carrying capacity and stocking rate, remember last winter's mud, farm complexity and farm conflicts, summer food preservation classes held in St. Helens, Benny Beaver set to entertain at 2017 County Fair) Mobile Friendly

June 2017 (weed management & ID class in St. Helens, weather improves and so do gardeners' attitudes, yellow jacket and hornet update, a mouse (or more) in the house, native plant of the month: cow parsnip, good herd health = happy owner, winter nutrition and good feeding areas, vaccinations & a veterinary working area, internal parasite ("worms" and others), matching pasture resources to herd size, hatching small number of eggs) Mobile Friendly

May 2017 (heat on the way, soil temperature conditions for vegetable seed germination, days to appearance of seedlings at various soil temperatrues from seed planted at 1/2 depth, heirlooms & hybrids & GEs, oh my, root-bound transplants, confusing woody, now is the time....) Mobile Friendly

April 2017 (garden topics, do box elder bugs mate indoors, deer fences and repellents, willow stakes for creek edges, plant them and they will come (perhaps), syrup from big-leaf maples, dry vegetable farming or gardening, beef and pature notes, farmers, ranchers and thin markets, transition to organic certification, Master Gardener's Spring Garden Fair-April 29th) Mobile Friendly

March 2017 (Extension in Columbia County began 100 years ago, seed starting, how large a vegetable garden, native plant of the month: wild ginger (Asarum caudatum), CRISPR-Cas9, managing livestock and pastures for better results, endophytes and livestock, planning for calves, kids and lambs, marketing produce, tree seedling sale, purning workshop) Mobile Friendly

February 2017 (hot peppers for health, looking toward spring gardens, spring frost date planning, snow pruning, box elder bugs make bad choices, hummingbird acrobatics, bats returning soon, planting new forests, native plant of the month: vanilla leaf, small farm marketing & profiitability, truly angry cattle, getting a newborn calf or lamb or kid to breathe, livestock management thoughts, warming newborn livestock, grafting workshops, County Farmers & producers invited to advertise for FREE) Mobile Friendly

January 2017 (a ripe peach - there's no better fruit, japanese beetles, native plant of the month: bitter cherry (runus emarginata), low-stress cattle handling video, high-stress cattle market, the dark days of winter, winter pests: lice and coccidia, feeding livestock in winter, cold weather and horses, horse pastures and weeds, 2017 Master Gardener classes begin February 21st in Vernonia - enroll asap!) Mobile Friendly

2016 Newsletters

December 2016 (holiday gifts for gardeners, strange stuff on lawns and barkdust, why are millipedes or centipedes (those legs are hard to count) trying to get into my house, how to speed winter compost, some things to do, poinsettia history and biology, native plant of the month: beaked hazelnut (Corylus cornuta var californica) will hogs (or beef) fed wheat or barley have gluten in their meat?, hazards from manure gasses, how to approach cattle, 2017 Master Gardener classes begin February 21st) Mobile Friendly

November 2016 (light and dark, choosing landscape trees, native plant of the month: Cascara, cattle market crumbles, know your cow's BCS, complex pastures, water is life, veterinary feed directive (VFD), new publication: how to feed your laying hens, 2017 Master Gardener classes begin February 21st. in Vernonia) Mobile Friendly

October 2016 (ash whiteflies irritate residents, a reading list of OSU publications, gritty pears, babycakes blackberry variety, edamame, maybe, native plants of the month: elderberries-blue & red, fall livestock calendar, vegetative filter strips, a shift in where beef is sold, bot flies, 2017 OSU Master Gardener class in Vernonia). Mobile Friendly

September 2016 (apple anthracnose, early fall colors, vegetable beds benefit from cover crops, native plant of the month: oregon crab apple (malus fusca), bears and insects, forage testing, hops are toxic to dogs, winter mud and cattle, prudent use of antibiotics, cultured gelatin, 5th annual small farm school, beekeeping class: getting beehives ready for winter, 2017 OSU Master Gardener class will be held in Vernonia) Mobile Friendly

 August 2016 (2016 OSU Extension Canning Class, stress causes flowers to drop, summer sun & the gardener (or farmer), watering vegetables in hot weather, late blight, calcium & watering, termites fly in August, keeping your well water safe, native plant profile: nootka rose, getting heifers to weight to breed, low quality forage & protein supplements, effect of cottonseed meal supplementation on ruminal retention time & intake of low-quality prairie hay, changes to agricultural worker protection rules) Mobile Friendly

July 2016 (summer pruning stone fruits, new mason bee publication, new OSU tree planting publication, soils and watering, ocean spray-holodiscus discolor, where are the nutria, cow maintenance costs and genetics, mixing order for crop protection products, how to improve weed control, stockpiled forage, 2016 summer food preservation classes, BENNY BEAVER set to entertain at 2016 fair) Mobile Friendly

June 2016 (bolting vegetables, protecting fruit from birds, thin, thin, thin, tree publication, garden topics, 10 grazing management tips, USDA produce handling and storage facility loans, ODA announces funding to help organic producers and handlers offset certification costs, where do grazing livestock fit, new OSU/regional publications, pesticide applicator pre-exam training, introduction to beekeeping) Mobile Friendly

May 2016 (information needed for new version of the local food guide, apple talk, managing bambi, erineum mite on grapes, bushy tailed woodrats, the cheapist way to control pasture weeds, pasture weeds to focus on this month, veggies in Vernonia: warm weather vegetables in a cool place and common problems talk)  Deer Resistant Plants  Mobile Friendly

April 2016 (seedlings and soil temperatures, alternate bearing apples, northern willowherb, sheep symposium, internal parasite management pays, beef cow numbers increase, agriculture and a strong dollar, matching livestock to your forage, de-skunking the dog, spring morels, native plants for pollinators, joy creek nursery seminars, spring garden fair, vernonia sprng garden sale) Mobile Friendly

March 2016 (row covers available again, lawn renovation without tilling, starting potatoes, how to assess pasture condition, winter mold on hay, grass-fed labeling standard dumped, market for meat goats, grass tetany follow-up, tree seedling sale, columbia county home and garden show, annual pruning demo) Mobile Friendly

February 2016 (heat unit final numbers, growing sweet potatoes in Columbia County, blister beetles, pruning blueberries, organic grain, heifers with calving problems, reproduction takes feed, grass tetany time approaching, grafting workshops, OSU Small Farms Conference) Mobile Friendly

January 2016 (after the wind storm, the future of carrots, odds and ends, COOL is gone, ag entrepreneurship & business planning course, best organic mummyberry disease control in blueberries, ivermectin tocicity in herding dogs, why does supplemental protein improve the value of low quality hay for ruminatns, productive years in the herd, chickens and dust baths, 2016 Master Gardener classes begin February 1st - enroll asap!) Mobile Friendly


2015 Newsletters

December 2015 (turf talk, rose talk, gifts for gardeners, protecting new trees from animals, how much hay will a cow consume, winter cutworm, drought and other pasture issues, why do we care about pasture weeds, 2016 Master Gardener classes begin February 1st) Mobile Friendly Newsletter

November 2015 (tomato genes and flavor, blueberry shock virus, how to use on-line PNW plant disease handbook, biocontrol for the stink bug, english and their ivy, woodland pond guide published, agricultural productivity growth, irrigation or rain and food safety, craft beer increases barley use, spotting the sick animal, prepare for wintering livestock, 2016 Master Gardener classes begin February 1st.) Mobile Friendly Newsletter

October 2015-updated (not so sweet corn, lime the garden this fall, cover crops, asian gypsy moths again, wild things like messy, hot food trends, organic blueberry production, cattle disease issues in the fall, can calf facial hair whorls predict temperament, Master Gardener classes to be offered in St. Helens) Joy Creek Nursery's Ramona Wulzen is the October's speaker for the Columbia County Master Gardeners - October 22, 2015.

September 2015 (heat unit update, insects and summer heat, whitewash and sunscald, tomato late blight, oxygen and vegetable roots, lawn renovation, shade and fish predation by kingfishers, weasels on my mind, fertilizing pastures in the fall, fall weed control, E.coli 0157:H7 in the news, removing field heat from produce, 4th annual small farm school, canning information/publications)

 August 2015 (2015 OSU Extension Canning Classes, heat and crop growth, radish revival, stump removal, dry wells, dried grass and protein supplements, antibiotic rules changing, anyone planting festulolium, food safety in commercial greenhouse produce, 2015 rural living field day, 4th annual small farm school)

July 2015 (the gardening year so far, western spotted cucumber beetle numbers high, weeds and yield loss in corn, apple maggot season, summer pruning, rural living field day, attracting native bees with bee rounds, the smell of summer shower, evolution is restless motion, an excellent hay crop, early calf weaning, fly control, how effective is weed mowing, remember last winter's mud, creeping buttercup-Ranuculus repens)

June 2015 (pollen, flowers and pollinators, when you're hot, you're hot, giant hogweed, organiccertification reimbursements available, farmers markets as incubators, early hay season, mustard toxicity in pregnant mares, rodent control on organic farms, Benny Beaver set to come to Columbia County Fair)

May 2015 (water, water, how much spray should I mix up, sowbugs, coyotes, grass tetany and lush pastures, how to please the customer, signs of bird flu, aminopyralid and clopyralid in manure and compost, Vernonia's 2015 Garden Fair and Plant Sale)

April 2015 (soil temperature and seed germination, container vegetable topics, will "hitched" motion detectors chase deer from your garden, tent caterpillars emerging now, insects, bats, and light; suggestions for a resilient landscape, drift season, grass (forage) fed livestock market grows, getting ready for calving, why pastures decline)

March 2015 (climate change and gardening, are they moles or gophers, basic gardening advice, dogwood anthracnose, living with beavers-part 2, warming chilled newborn calves, kids and lambs, livestock short takes, feeding reed canary grass, prime does pay, tree seedling sale, columbia county home and garden show w/annual pruning demo)

February 2015 (produce in winter, LED lighting for plants, world record giant pumpkin, tillage radishes, body condition scores for cows, snow loads, GMO crops in Oregon, more on chicken disease, molecular learning in tree clones, caffeine and bees, beaver believers-beaver deceivers,  grafting workshops, OSU Small Farms Conference)

January 2015 (watering blueberry bushes, winter planning for home orchard pests and disease, walnut husk fly, birds of a feather-the turkey vulture, tray cell size for early transplanting, soggy winter pastures, heat lamps in the barn, avian influenza found in Oregon, symptoms of avian flu on poultry, avian influenza biosecurity for small farm: key concepts, growing farms: successful whole farm managment workshop series)

2014 Newsletters

December 2014 (5 ways to care for your landscape in a dry spell, the value of a vegetable garden, pacific tree frogs, working with livestock safely, E. coli and the livestock industry, better hay next year, something to chew on, feeding pregnant heifers, Master Gardener classes offered in St. Helens) 10'x10' nutritious garden plan

November 2014 (brown marmorated stink bugs look to spend the winter with you, publications for evening reading, vole control in the garden, fruit flies drink to get well, deer rework forests, climate change and bird distribution, winter feeding, chickens on pasture, herding sheep, Master Gardener classes to be offered in St. Helens)

October 2014-updated (planting garlic, compost, plants and tough sites, lime, no rain=landscape stress, Asian ladybird beetles fight rough, lampreys, the web soil survey, sheep shape of things to come, larger scale farming and unintended consequences, weaning management, Master Gardener classes to be offered in St. Helens)

September 2014 (late summer topics, spots in apples, name that weed, how will invasive weeds do in a warmer climate, the hummingbirds special sweet tooth, how plants grow most efficiently, livestock feeding habits, canning information/publications, start to get your newsletters by email)

August 2014 (leaf miners of summer, plants and skin issues, sheet-mulch grasses, start preparations for lawn planting or renovation, keep picking your squash and beans, using lower quality pastures (or hay), balage and botulism, parasite resistance growing concern, some food trends, climate change and agriculture, pasture protein and climate, 3rd annual small farm school, start to get your newsletters by email)

July 2014 (the last tent caterpillar story for this year, manure and gardens, harvesting garlic, crops that don't require irrigation (and big equipment), farm storage facility loans, columbia county farmers market, cow culling and high calf prices, carbon footprint and herd efficiency, food preservation classes in Scappoose)

June 2014 (western tent caterpillar, herbicides, spotted wing drosophila season, what causes stream banks to retreat, caterpillar racket, health tip of the month, beef topics, pig biosecurity, spray drift, bird damage to bagged silage)

May 2014 (vegetables are hot, corralling moles, slug and snail notes, tomatoes that won't ripen, weed topics: weeds in commercial vegetable crops, alpaca collapse, mixed species grazing, Vernonia's 2014 Garden Fair and Plant Sale)

April 2014 (vegetable gardening tips, it's all about heat, squeeze soil before rototilling or spading, adding organic material to garden soils, blackberry varieties for Oregon, spring weed control and other topics, plan now for fall pasture seeding, other livestock chores, new publication for feeding meat chickens, procine epidemic diarrhea virus PEDv, certified tractor safety program for youth)

March 2014 (tomatillos, physiological tomato disorders, cutting "seed" potatoes, killing English ivy, cold winters make larger calves, what is the right weight for lambs, grass tetany season, feeding cows before calving, pruning workshop, tree seedling sale, homesteading in St. Helens)

February 2014-updated (row covers available again, brown marmorated stink bug, looking toward spring gardens, spring frost date planning, planting forests, big or small, elk die from eating ornamental yew, get to know your watershed council, OSU small farms conference, spring calving cow herd, what happens in the first 24 hours affects the calf for life, controlling Canada thistle in pastures, grafting workshops, homesteading in St. Helens, 2014 Master Gardener class in Vernonia)

January 2014 (grafting workshop-2/08/14, trees and ice storms, growing early cabbages, tetanus: a gardening risk, fungi unbound, plants, time and climate change, weed of the month: Purslane (Portulaca oleracea), winter feeding news, internal and external parasites, do you have lousy animals, Columbia Master Gardener classes in Vernonia)

2013 Newsletters

October 2013 (plants for pollinators article, bacterial canker on blueberries, tomato requiem, one large spider, general gardening observations, skunks in your landscape (and under your house), trees, carbon dioxide and water, weed of the month: English hawthorn (Crataegus monogyna), get off the grass, coccidiosis is a problem in winter months, Master Gardener classes to be offered in Vernonia)

November 2013 (hazelnuts or filberts - can Steller's jays tell the difference, weeds of the month: ornamental plants than can become weedy, sheep topics, Master Gardener classes to be offered in Vernonia)

December 2013 (on-line food preservation course, Christmas gifts for gardeners, the November cold snap and other weather topics, plan your garden, LED lights for greenhouses, soil nitrogen status key to yields, dormant sprays, weed of the month: self-heal or heal-all (Prunella vulgaris), new publication: Shrubs to Know in Pacific Northwest Forests, OSU/Oregon master naturalist program, the hornworm and the nicotiana, Cascadia Grain conference, SAIF ag safety seminars, elk foot rot and livestock, beef seminar, let them eat weeds, cattle outlook, Master Gardener's 2014 classes offered)

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