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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’s experimental cider orchard to boost budding Oregon industry

The orchard, established at Oregon State University’s North Willamette Research and Extension Center – 23 miles south of downtown Portland – is the brainchild of Nik Wiman, OSU Extension orchard crops specialist.

Kym Pokorny | Jan 12, 2021 | News story

OSU Extension steps up to address the needs of Oregon’s organic farms

In 2018, Extension created a half-time position for an organic vegetable Extension professor of practice, which is now held by Nick Andrews, a small crops specialist.

Nick Andrews | Jan 2021 | Impact story

OSU Extension led effort to form Western Cover Crop Council to enhance collaboration and education

In 2018, the the Western Cover Crop Council (WCCC) was formed to facilitate and enhance communication and collaboration among growers, Extension agents, researchers and other agricultural professionals.

Nick Andrews | Dec 2020 | Impact story

$1 billion Oregon nursery industry benefits from OSU Extension plant trials

Oregon State University Extension Service has a long history of assisting the state’s nursery industry.

Neil Bell | Sep 2020 | Impact story