Field Crops

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Field Crops at Oregon State University encompasses many different crops across a variety of production systems. Wheat, potatoes, corn, grass seed, alfalfa, barley and the list goes to as many as 200 plus crops in Oregon. We provide education, training and technical assistance to people with crop-related issues and interests. 

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Eyespot of Wheat: How to identify and control this common fungal disease

Eyespot is a fungal disease that causes losses of up to 50 percent in winter wheat fields. The disease is also called strawbreaker foot rot. Learn the steps you can take to keep eyespot of wheat from infecting fields, and to limit its spread.

By Duncan Kroese, Christina Hagerty | OSU Extension Catalog

Agronomic Zones of the Dryland Pacific Northwest

With an annual wheat harvest valued at $2.1 billion, producers in Idaho, Oregon, and Washington know the value of farming practices adapted to each region, county, and field. Researchers mapped precipitation, soil depth, and growing degree day data to divide this important growing region into six...

By Don Wysocki, Christina Hagerty | OSU Extension Catalog

Camelina Nutrient Management Guide for the Pacific Northwest

Camelina is a drought-tolerant, low-input, oilseed crop grown throughout the U.S. Pacific Northwest. This publication provides soil fertility recommendations—including nitrogen, phosphorus, potassium, sulfur, and soil pH adjustments—for dryland and rainfed camelina production in areas of the Pacific...

By Don Wysocki, Tracy Wilson, Amber Moore | OSU Extension Catalog

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$2 million barley project gets naked for the good of the grain

Jan 24, 2018
OSU is leading a five-state effort to develop varieties of organic naked barleys

By Chris Branam | News Story

Researchers model optimal amount of rainfall for plants

Dec 4, 2017
Landscapes are likely to shrink and become less productive in the future through climate change

By Chris Branam | News Story

Barley no longer an afterthought in beer flavor

Nov 27, 2017
Researchers found notable differences in the taste of beers malted from barley varieties reputed to have flavor qualities.

By Chris Branam | News Story

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What is the reason for topping corn stalks?

I see farmers in Hermiston topping their corn fields. It looks like they chop off the top 2 feet or so. Does this make corn ripen faster or increase the size of the ears or just decrease the amount of roughage going through the combine or something else?

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