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I see farmers in Hermiston topping their corn fields. It looks like they chop off the top 2 feet or so. Does this make corn ripen faster or increase the size of the ears or just decrease the amount of roughage going through the combine or something else?

Oregon has lots of ants. Why aren't there any anteaters (or aardvarks)?

Why are some of our cucumbers bitter? We have to peel quite a bit off to get to the sweet meat and even after doing that they are still sometimes bitter.

We've been growing yacon for several years and having good results. Problem is this year we've got a lot of yacon. Does anyone have any ideas on ways to use the root? We dice it up with our breakfast (along with other veggies and then break an egg on top). But we need more ways to eat it...

I have sweet corn, and the tassels are out, and I see silk down below.

So, do I really need to pollinate sweet corn by hand, or should it just be "given its privacy"?

Hi, I am thinking about buying an electric canner to process mainly corn and green beans this summer. Are they safe to use for that purpose? Seems to be conflicting information out there. Is there one that will do meats? Same one or specially purchased for that purpose?

Is this true or is it a myth? Male peppers have 3 bumps and female peppers have 4 bumps. Female peppers are full of seeds but are sweeter and better for eating raw. Males are better for cooking?

I'm putting cardboard and chipped wood over much of my backyard to keep the weeds down. How much room should I leave free of cardboard around the trees (one planted only a year ago) so they get enough water (whether mine or rain)? Would it be OK/better to put the chipped wood around the...

We'd love to have some marionberries growing along the southern side of our house which gets great sun.  I've heard horror stories of blackberries taking over and nearly impossible to get rid of. So, here are my questions: Are marionberries as aggressive? Will they have potential...

I have a prolific lawn weed which appears usually in early June (however, early May this year). It first showed up four to five years ago and gets denser every year. Looks like a small dark green leaf clover with small yellow flowers. Vines get "woodier" as season progresses. Usually...