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Customized Growing Degree Day Calculations and Forecasting

This document provides step by step instructions for calculating growing degree day status and viewing growing degree day forecasts available from the uspest.org website. The uspest.org website allows users to select a weather station near them and then set their own degree units, lower and upper thresholds for growing degree calculations. Most pre-calculated growing degree reports use a default of 50F as their lower threshold. Unfortunately, this is not accurate for many of the crops we grow in Oregon. Thus, the ability to custom calculate and generate forecasts for growing degree days is ideal. Check out uspest.org, follow these instructions and get ahead on your planning!

Betsy Verhoeven | Dec 2019 | Fact Sheet

Tillage Method and Sowing Rate Relations for Dryland Spring Wheat, Barley, and Oat

Some farmers in the Inland Pacific Northwest have reported lower grain yield of spring cereals with no-till (NT) compared to conservation tillage (CT). A 4-year field study was conducted in a 12-inch annual precipitation zone to determine tillage method and sowing rate effects on seed-zone water, seed-zone temperature, plant stand, grain yield, grain yield components, and straw production for three spring-sown cereal species.

William Schillinger, Donald Wellsandt, Harry Schafer, Steve Schofstoll, Robert Papendick | Nov 2005 | Publication

Headwaters Incubator Program - Cultivating Farms and Future Stewards No Small Task

Launching a farm business is no small task. Even skilled growers who embody the creative, rugged, jack-of-all-trades image must be able to apply sound business practices, establish and maintain robust farm networks, navigate complex...

Rowan Steele | Apr 2018 | Article

How to establish a wine grape vineyard

While the type of soil is important, location takes precedence when starting a vineyard for wine production.

Patricia Skinkis | Sep 2018 | Article

Dry Farming Project Continues to Expand

Dryland farming research efforts will examine prospects for growers in the Pacific Northwest.

Amy Garrett | Jul 2018 | Article

Dry Farming Oregon

Oregon State University is known for its College of Agricultural Sciences. The school offers 25 Major and Minor options that include but are not limited to Botany, Animal Sciences, and even Fermentation Sciences for you beer ...

Jan 2017 | Article

Pot up some bulbs and dream of spring

Spring-blooming bulbs do great in containers

Heather Stoven | Oct 14, 2017 | News Story

Crops that don’t require irrigation (and big equipment)

Western Oregon has a number of small-acreage farms (40 acres or less) that have traditionally raised livestock but could produce higher value crops. But most of those farms do not have an irrigation right and perfecting a new...

Chip Bubl | Oct 2014 | Article

April garden calendar

Garden planning, maintenance and pest management tips for the month of April.

May 2018 | Article

Planting Bare-Root Roses in March

If you have ever purchased a bare-root rose, your first question might have been, will this awkward plant really produce roses? Yes it will!

Barbara McMullen | May 2007 | Article