August 2007

August 30th

Oregon State University has announced the release of new winter habit selections of hooded barley for testing and potential licensing. These selections have the forage yield and quality of “Hoody” plus barley stripe rust resistance, scald resistance, higher grain yield, and better test weight, according to Pat Hayes, head of the OSU barley breeding program. In order to further develop the market for winter hooded varieties, these selections are offered for testing through a Materials Transfer Agreement with OSU. Interested growers should contact Hayes at 541-737-5878.

August 23rd

Dustin Johnson, a range scientist specializing in livestock management, has joined the Oregon State University as staff chair of the Harney County office of OSU Extension. He succeeds Dave Chamberlain, who retired this year.
The Oregon State University Seed Lab tests up to 14,000 samples each year for seed purity and germination rates. About 60 percent of those samples are grass seed processed from mid-July through September.

August 21st

Ann Colonna designs quantitative tests that involve the opinions of hundreds of people. She is developing a list of volunteers for consumer testing and offers a minimum of $20 cash for tasters who come to the center for scheduled tests.

August 20th

The presence of both pharmaceutical and illicit drugs in municipal wastewater has been known for several years, beginning with groundbreaking studies in Europe that tracked the presence of drugs in sewage and river water. OSU's Jennifer Field and her colleagues have developed new methods of chemical analysis so that detection is possible from very small samples taken automatically over a 24-hour period from wastewater as it enters a treatment plant.

August 14th

A group of Oregon agricultural producers are trying a new marketing strategy in which they producing and marketing wheat targeted to the specific requirements for production of food products such as cookies, breads and noodles.

August 12th

Scientists in Oregon State University’s Department of Crop and Soil Science have developed a new variety of soft white winter wheat named ‘Goetze.’ Produced in cooperation with USDA-Agricultural Research Service, Goetze wheat has superior yield potential, disease resistance, short stature and adaptation to western Oregon production conditions. Foundation seed will be available in the fall of 2007, said Flowers. It will be another year before commercial production is possible.

August 9th

Ronald Wrolstad, distinguished professor emeritus in the Department of Food Science and Technology at Oregon State University, recently received the 2007 William V. Cruess Award for excellence in teaching food science and technology. The annual award, given by the Institute of Food Technologists (IFT) at their 2007 meeting in Chicago, honors outstanding individuals, teams, and organizations for their contributions to the profession of food science and technology. Another OSU Food Science and Technology professor, Jae Park. was honored by being named a fellow of IFT at the meeting.

August 5th

The ExxonMobil Bernard Harris Summer Science camp is under way on the Oregon State University campus this week and next. Sixty middle-school-age children from throughout the state received scholarships to attend the grant-supported camp and enjoy a broad range of hands-on science learning activities.

August 1st

Red branches, tops or whole Douglas fir trees can be seen in Oregon’s Willamette and Umpqua Valleys. These Douglas-fir trees are showing signs of physiological stress from the effects of extreme swings in weather over the past year and a half, according to Oregon State University Extension Service foresters. After experiencing months of saturated soils in the winter, then bone dry periods in the spring and summer, some Douglas-firs planted in less than ideal situations are showing what some foresters call “flare out,” the occasional dead branch, top or the entire tree. Stressed trees seem to be limited to Douglas, Lane, Benton, Linn, Yamhill, Polk and Marion Counties. Douglas-firs in western Oregon’s northern and westernmost counties, including Clackamas, Washington and the coast seem relatively unaffected.