North Willamette Research and Extension Center

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The North Willamette Research and Extension Center (NWREC) is Oregon State University's only agriculture field research station located in the northwestern part of the state.

We serve farmers in the seven county north valley area and focus our research and education on the region's most important crop systems: nurseries and greenhouses, fresh vegetables and specialty seed crops, berries and small fruit, Christmas trees, Orchard Crops, Field Crops, and Small Farms. In addition, NWREC is the location for the state's only IR-4 Pesticide Registration program working with many of the state’s agricultural crops throughout Oregon.

An annual tradition at NWREC has been a fall Harvest Dinner. It is a celebration of Oregon Agriculture and the part NWREC plays in its ongoing success through continued innovations and research.

This years dinner was a virtual event. Highlights are available by viewing one or all of the videos. Harvest Dinner 2020

Hours of operation

Mon - Fri: 8:00 am-4:30 pm

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Visitor information

Open by appointment only.

Announcements

NWREC receives portion of major gift for infrastructure upgrades

The College of Agricultural Sciences announced a $1.58 million gift by Northwest Farm Credit Services that will fund several initiatives in the College—including the completion of the Parker House lab remodel at NWREC. Read more...

Agrivoltaics comes to NWREC

Studying how to combine growing crops (“agri”) and producing solar energy (“voltaics”) on the same land. An exciting concept, efficiently using energy resources, water, and maximizing the potential of the land. Read more...

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Upcoming Events

We’re still active across the state delivering our workshops virtually to you. See our online events across the state.

What we do

Discover ways to learn and get involved. Here are some highlights of our activities and specialties.

Agrivoltaic Project

Agrivoltaics Studying how to combine growing crops (“agri”) and producing solar energy (“voltaics”) on the same land. An exciting concept, efficiently using energy resources, water, and maximizing the potential of the land.

North Willamette Research and Extension Center

Hazelnuts and Tree Fruits

The North Willamette Research and Extension Center is home to the Orchard Crops Research and Extension Program led by Dr. Nik Wiman, which works closely with the Oregon hazelnut industry to help solve problems related to hazelnut production.

North Willamette Research and Extension Center

Vegetable and specialty seed crops

The mild climate of the Willamette Valley supports a diverse vegetable industry. The specialty seed industry in Oregon produces a variety of seed crops, over 170 crop species ranging from vegetable seed to cover crop and ornamental flowers.

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Christmas Trees

Christmas tree information including upcoming events, ongoing research and other updates from Chal Landgren, OSU Extension Christmas tree specialist for Oregon.

North Willamette Research and Extension Center

Berry Crops

The overall goal of the berry crops research and extension program is to help growers of blueberry, blackberry, raspberry, strawberry, cranberry, and kiwi fruit make educated decisions with regard to planting establishment and management to improve economic viability and sustainability.

North Willamette Research and Extension Center

News and impact

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

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