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News and impact

Innovative harvesting system could be a game-changer for the blueberry industry

Called a soft catch system, the mechanism boasts a soft surface for catching the delicate berries in contrast to the hard polycarbonate surface of traditional over-the-row machines.

Kym Pokorny | Feb 17, 2021 | News story

Extension foresters note trend in redwood plantings, plan needs assessment

As landowners in western Oregon start to plant redwood trees more frequently, OSU Extension foresters plan a survey to determine why the tall trees have become popular.

Kym Pokorny | Jan 26, 2021 | News story

Some U-cut Christmas tree farms closed but supply adequate

Because of the pandemic tree farms have had to change the way they work.

Kym Pokorny | Nov 24, 2020 | News story

Veterans explore farming as possible career in OSU Extension Small Farms online programs

All of the Small Farms programing was forced online after the pandemic arrived, including two innovative programs to help veterans learn about farming and see if it is a good fit.

Kym Pokorny | Nov 23, 2020 | News story

Microscopic insect that liquefies slugs may be answer to controlling this invasive pest

 In Oregon at least half of the 20 top agricultural commodities suffer from slug damage.

Kym Pokorny | Nov 16, 2020 | News story