November 2007

November 13th

Donations to OSU from Oregon Dairy Industries for new equipment, totaling more than $25,000, means cheese-making classes at the university can focus on the production of specialty artisan cheeses, according to Lisbeth Goddik, OSU's Extension dairy processing specialist.
OSU surveyed waterfront landowners on Sauvie Island and found that nearly 25 percent of the respondents reported losing bank along the entire length of their property. Nearly half of the respondents have installed some form of bank protection along their waterfront; however, she found that only 25 percent believe that their revetment strategies are preventing further erosion. OSU Extension and OSU Sea Grant are sponsoring an educational workshop, “Shoreline Erosion on Sauvie Island” on Saturday, Nov. 17.

November 2nd

OSU Extension Service is warning livestock owners about potential problems if they use certain types of grass seed straw to replace hay in livestock feed. Turf varieties of tall fescue and perennial ryegrass may contain endophytes, which produce toxins that are harmful to livestock at high concentration levels.
Oregon blueberry growers are expected to set new records for 2007 gross production and harvested acreage, and enjoy record-high market prices, according to an Oregon State University Extension Service berry crops expert.