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Herbicide carryover in hay, manure, compost and grass clippings

Herbicides applied to pastures and some crops can persist in soil amendments like hay, manure, compost and grass clippings. Make sure your amendments are free of these herbicides before you contaminate your soil.

Mar 2010 | Article

Three methods for no-turn cold composting

Recycling organic debris for composting and improving soil doesn’t have to be a chore! If hot composting is not for you, try one of these easy cold-composting methods. Each has advantages and disadvantages but the end result is the same: improved garden soil and less organic waste in landfill.

Jul 2017 | Article

Turfgrasses and Lawn Care in Eastern Oregon

Today, turfgrass is the single largest irrigated crop in the United States and covers three times the land area of any other cultivated crop. An estimated 40.5 million acres of grasses are planted in residential, commercial and...

Richard Smiley | Jan 2018 | Article

Apple Resources for Umatilla County

Umatilla County is the apple capital of Oregon and produces ~2200 acres of apples.

Jul 2018 | Collection

My Apple Trees need Help!

Q: I have 5 apple trees and last year the growth was stunted with only 3-4 inches/year and also infested with apple maggots. I don't like the fly traps as one time a small bird was caught, probably following the moth. Is ...

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Will glyphosate poison us or our pets?

Q: We live in a large condominium between NW Naito Parkway and the Willamette River. Our property extends to the banks of the river. Our landscaper has been using a diluted version of glyphosate to control weeds on the ...

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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

How the Rogue Valley became famous for pears

The Rogue Valley growers were pioneers in pear production, growing over 24 varieties and setting quality standards in packing pears. The Rogue Valley was the first and largest red pear growing region in the Pacific Northwest in...

Jul 2007 | Article

Put rose pruning and planting on the calendar

Mid- to late February is the time to pay attention to one of our favorite flowers

Kym Pokorny | Feb 5, 2016 | News Story

Landscaping with Roses

Selecting roses for landscape use may seem like an impossible task, but with a few key elements in mind, you can select a rose or a group of roses to complement your new or current landscape.

Barbara McMullen | May 2007 | Article