Klamath field day features current, potential crops

July 22, 2005

KLAMATH FALLS – Oregon State University’s Klamath Experiment Station will hold its annual field day on Thursday, Aug. 4, giving the public an opportunity to tour, and hear presentations on, the station’s research projects with current and promising Klamath Basin crops.

Registration will begin at 8:30 a.m. and a tour of research projects will begin at 9 a.m. The projects include studies of:

Forages

• Variety and yield trials for orchardgrass, alfalfa and grassy-alfalfa.

• A study of teff, a warm-season forage that shows comparatively high yields.

• Peppermint research that focuses on program initiation and new planting of the crop.

Potatoes

• Variety development trials.

• A study of the effectiveness of Vydate, a chemical used to control nematodes in potatoes.

Cereals

• Spring and winter variety trials, on and off the station, for barley, oats and wheat.

• Western Regional and OSU cereal variety trials.

A noon luncheon provided by the station will be prepared by Norm and Virginia Small, who operate Yummies restaurant in Merrill.

After lunch Thayne Dutson, dean of OSU’s College of Agricultural Science and director of the Oregon Agriculture Experiment Station, will discuss state budgets and the staff plan for the OSU college.

Russ Karow, head of OSU Department of Crop and Soil Science, will provide a staffing update for that department.

The Klamath Experiment Station is at 6941 Washburn Way in Klamath Falls. For more information about the field day contact Ron Hathaway at 541-883-7131 (ext. 210), or Jewel Haskins at 541-883-4590.

Author: Andy Duncan
Source: Ron Hathaway