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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OSU Organic Fertilizer & Cover Crop Calculator: Predicting Plant-available Nitrogen

Describes the OSU Organic Fertilizer & Cover Crop Calculator and using it to predict plant-available nitrogen.

By Clare Sullivan, Dan Sullivan, Linda Brewer, Nick Andrews | OSU Extension Catalog

Sensor Sprayers for Specialty Crop Production

Sensor-controlled spray systems can help growers use fewer chemicals and less water while maintaining good pest control. Learn about the pros and cons of different types of sensor sprayers.

By Robin Rosetta, Jay Pscheidt, Lloyd Nackley | OSU Extension Catalog

Growing Malting Barley in and Around the Willamette Valley

Barley is a useful rotation crop that grows well in the Willamette Valley. But the region's craft beers and spirits generally use malting barley shipped from elsewhere. Can growers and brewers capitalize on high-quality, locally produced barley? Learn more about malting barley, study supply chain...

By Betsy Verhoeven, Ryan Graebner | OSU Extension Catalog

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Solar arrays could be used as resources for plant productivity, study shows

Nov 2, 2018
Oregon State University scientists have found a resource to increase agricultural production on dry, unirrigated farmland—solar panels.

By Chris Branam | News Story

$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

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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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