June 2008

June 26th

High-density, "flat" pear orchards may gradually replace the conventional-looking 3-D variety if growers adopt a new system expected to help Oregon growers keep ahead of international competition by countering rising labor, land and fuel costs.

June 5th

Using the same sort of fiber optic communication cables that make a telephone work, John Selker, a professor of Biological and Ecological Engineering at OSU, is measuring changes in temperature with greater that 10,000 times the resolution possible a few years ago.

June 4th

OSU agronomist Tom Chastain was awarded the George Hyslop Professorship, which recognizes research, extension and teaching activities related to the grass seed industry. Chastain researches the physiology of grass seed crops. He plans to use the endowment funds to enhance student education in the area of seed crops, student internships and undergraduate research.

June 3rd

Workers have begun clearing understory along Oak Creek as part of a yearlong project to restore and protect areas of the creek that wind through Oregon State University’s livestock facilities. The university applied for funding from the U.S. Department of Agriculture and the Oregon Watershed Enhancement Board to create wildlife habitat and riparian buffers along more than five miles of streams that include Oak Creek and its tributaries. Oak Creek originates in the McDonald-Dunn Forest and flows into the Marys River.