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Education for sustainable farm operations
Agriculture Business Management Program, Lane Community College Small Business Development Center - classes are held at 101 W 10th Avenue Suite 304, Eugene, OR 97402. Contact Ag Business Management Program for additional information, 541-463-4323.
Spotted Wing Drosophila (SWD)
SWD Management Guide for Cherries
SWD Recognize Fruit Damage from Spotted Wing Drosophila, EM 9021
Oregon State University SWD web page
ODA information on the SWD
Pesticide Applicator Information
For questions on course content: Brooke Edmunds or 541-791-6617
For questions on registration: Linda Renslow 541-344-5859
- Application for the PNW Pesticide Short Course, focuson Weed Management, will be held February 3, 2015 at LCC Main Campus. Register by January 23, 2015 for $80. Send in a check with registration to LCC Attn: Tina Reyes, to 101 W 10th Avenue, Suite 119, Eugene, OR 97401 or pay by Credit Card $95 after January 24.
- Landscape Contractor Board hours have been approved for PNW Pesticide Short Course and many of the Master Gardener training classes.
OSU Blueberry School: Registration open for March 16-17, 2015 course to be held at OSU
This two-day blueberry “school” is intended for both new and experienced blueberry growers, farm managers, crew leaders, advisors, packers/shippers, and consultants. Experts from Oregon State University, USDA Agricultural Research Service, Washington State University, and the blueberry industry will address key issues of where the blueberry market is going; how you might be more successful in tight labor or volume markets; which cultivars are easiest to grow and are in most demand; how to establish new acreage using cutting-edge methods; projected costs and the resources available to growers for selecting new planting sites; how to best manage existing acreage to maximize returns of high-quality fruit; basic information on blueberry plant physiology to help growers minimize environmental stresses and improve yield potential; nutrient management programs for optimal growth and quality; irrigation and fertigation practices for higher quality and better efficiency; use of organic amendments and mulches; using weed mat as a mulch (strengths and possible weaknesses); planning for and improving machine harvest efficiency; pruning for hand or machine harvest (where can you cut corners….or not), maximizing pollination for good fruit and seed set; overviews of the most important blueberry viruses, diseases, insects, weeds, and vertebrate pests; and tools for good pest management. Information throughout the program will address the needs of conventional, transitional, and organic growers. For more information see our draft agenda posted on the web site.
Since space may be limited, we encourage early registration. A group discount, per farm or business, is available. Also, the most convenient hotel, the Hilton Garden Inn which is right across the street from the venue, tends to fill up fast. Attendees who choose to stay at one of the other hotels in Corvallis, will need to drive to campus and get a parking permit etc.
Research based information, education boosts profitability
Commercial agriculture faculty in the Lane County office of the OSU Extension Service deliver educational programs to help commercial growers and small farmers achieve sustainable crop production and profitability.
The commercial agriculture program provides:
- Educational field days and workshops for area growers
- Alternative crops development
- Technical assistance to help growers improve natural resources management
- Cooperation with countywide special projects such as the ongoing agricultural chemicals removal effort in Lane County
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