Agricultural Sciences & Natural Resources

Sage Rats
Belding's ground squirrel is often referred to as a Sage Rat, Picket-pin or Pot Gut
Rangeland Seed Drill / Not much has changed In the last 50 years...
Rangeland Seed Drill / Not much has changed In the last 50 years...

Oregon State University Extension's agricultural program provides people with agriculture related needs and interests, education, training, and technical assistance.

Major program emphasis is on food and fiber production, farm business management, marketing and processing of agricultural products, and resource use and conservation.

Learn About:

Aquatic Vegetation (Link)
Building and Facility Plans (Link)
Home Horticulture (Link)
Irrigation (Link)
Pesticides (Link)
Soils and Fertilizers (Link)
Weeds (Link)

Agricultural Statictics Information:

  • Agricultural Commodity Sales/Crook County
    2002 - 2012

  • Agri-Facts (Link)
    These documents highlight seasonal trends in Oregon Agriculture. They are listed from the most current date on down.

  • Ag Statistics/Central Oregon (Link)
    Vegetable Seed, Grass Seed, Oil Crops and Other Crops.

  • Census of Agriculture:
         Crook County
         2012 (pdf)
         Deschutes County
         2012 (pdf)

         Jefferson County
         2012 (pdf)

  • Oregon Agripedia (Link)
    2007 - 2013
  • USDA NASS (Link)
    Oregon office of USDA's National Agricultural Statistics Service. This information documents seasonal trends in Oregon agriculture.

- General Information/Resources -

  • Publications (Link)
    View 100+ publications about agriculture...
  •  Ag Safety Video's/Saif Corporation (Link)
    SAIF Corporation is Oregon's not-for-profit, state-chartered workers' compensation insurance company.
  • Building and Facility Plans (Link)
    These building and facility plans were developed over many years by engineers at Land Grant Universities.  The provide conceptual information that is excellent for planning purposes.  Plan Categories are:  Beef, Construction, Crops, Dairy, Horse, Machinery, Housing, Poultry, Sheep, Swine, and Miscellaneous.
  • Enterprise Budgets (Link)
    This site is intended to be a resource for the dissemination of Enterprise Budget Sheets and additional agriculture-related materials.
  • Forage Information System (FIS) (Link)
    The Forage Information System (FIS) is a global forage information resource hosted at Oregon State University. FIS contains approximately 5,000 pages of forage information.
  • Grass Seed Research in Central Oregon (Link)
    Kentucky bluegrass (Link) and Rough bluegrass (Link) are the two major grasses grown for seed in Central Oregon. The Central Oregon Ag Research Center (COARC), main focus has been on pest management, crop nutrition, evaluation of plant growth regulators, and non-thermal residue management.
  • Growing Degree Days/Weekly (Link)
    Growing Degree Days are the number of days that the average temperature is above the base temperature of 50 degrees.
  • Integrated Plant Protection Center (Link)
    Pesticide Safety and Integrated Plant Management (IPM) Program. Everything from farm safety, pesticide licenses to bed bugs!
  • Metal Master Rangeland Seed Drill (Crook County)
    The rangeland drill is one of the simplest, most robust, and most reliable range seeders on the market. The principle of scuffing the ground, creating a shallow furrow, dropping seed, and lightly dragging dirt over the seed in the furrow is relatively crude, but effective.
    Rangeland Drill rents for $5.00 per acre; 14' foot wide. For more information call (541) 447-6228 or contact Tim Deboodt at
    Rangeland Drills: Can Seed Placement Be Improved? (Link)
  • Online IPM Weather Data (Link)
    Oregon USA Weather Data, Plant Disease Risk and Degree-Day Models
  • Oregon Agricultural Information Network (OAIN) (Link)
    This site was developed to assist with research and extension related to Oregon agriculture. For an overview of Oregon agriculture, view the Armchair Tour of Oregon Agriculture (Link) courtesy of the Oregon Department of Agriculture.
  • Oregon Association of Nurseries (Link)
  • Oregon Climate Service (Link)
  • Oregon Farm Bureau (Link)
    The Oregon Farm Bureau (OFB) is a voluntary, grassroots, nonprofit organization representing the interests of the state’s farmers and ranchers in the public and policymaking arenas. As Oregon’s largest general farm organization, its primary goal is to promote educational improvement, economic opportunity, and social advancement for its members and the farming, ranching, and natural resources industry as a whole.
  • Oregon Wine Research Institute (Link)
  • USDA National Agriculture Statistics Service/Oregon (NASS) (Link)
    NASS provides the most up-to-date statistics for the U.S., as well as all states and counties, including all revisions.
  • Websites of Interest (pdf)


  • Building Sustainable Farms, Ranches and Communities: A Guide to Federal Programs for Sustainable Agriculture, Forestry, Entrepreneurship, Conservation, Food Systems, and Community Development (pdf), producers, researchers, nonprofits and landowners can find programs to help them achieve their goals.
    The 86-page guide covers 63 government programs and has been updated to include programs included in the 2014 Farm Bill. Each listing provides a description of the program's available resources, information on how to apply, and in some cases, examples of how the funding has been used. Additionally, the guide includes basic information on how to design sound projects, find appropriate programs and write grant applications.
  • Weed and Brush Control for Forages, Pastures and Noncropland (IPM1031)
    Annual broadleaf and grass weeds can become a serious problem in pastures and forages unless proper weed management is practiced. This publication, based on University of Missouri research, is a guide for identifying weeds and selecting and comparing herbicides.
    Note: IPM1031 replaces MP581 Weed and Brush Control Guide for Forages, Pastures and Noncropland
    To order online with a credit card see (Link). You can also call 1-800-292-0969.
  • Oregon's Agricultural Progess Magazine (Link)
    The Research Magazine for the Oregon State University University Agricultural Experiment Station. Topics include:  Economics, Ecosystems, Food Systems, Health, Innovations, People, and Water.
  • PNW Insect Management Handbook (Link)
    This handbook is intended as a tool for making decisions regarding the control and management of important insect pests in the Pacific Northwest.
  • PNW Plant Disease Management Handbook (Link)This handbook is intended as a ready reference guide to the control and management tactics for the more important plant diseases in the Pacific Northwest.
  • PNW Weed Management Handbook (Link)
    This handbook is designed as a quick and ready reference for weed control practices and herbicides used in various cropping systems or sites in Idaho, Oregon, and Washington.
  • The Crook County Homeowners Weed Control Handbook (pdf)

Various Labs and Services

Insect Identification (Link)
Laboratories Serving Oregon:  Soil, Water, Plant Tissue, and Feed Analysis
(Agri Check, Inc. has changed their name to AgSource Laboratories (Link), or email
    AgSource Laboratories' Feed, Forage & Grain Sampling Instructions (Link)
    AgSource Laboratories' Recommended Hay Sampling Techniques (pdf)
National Forage Testing Association
Nematode Testing Service
NRCS Soil Survey Data (Link)
Plant Clinic - Corvallis (Link)
Plant Clinic - Hermiston (Link)
Soil Physical Characterization Laboratory (Link)




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