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Sampling Dairy Manure and Compost for Nutrient Analysis

This guide describes how to obtain a representative sample of stockpiled dairy manure or dairy compost, select a reliable manure or compost testing laboratory, determine which lab analyses are needed (including total nitrogen, ...

Amber Moore | Jul 2015 | OSU Extension Catalog

Date, Rate, & Place: The Field Book for Dairy Manure Applicators

This publication provides recording keeping sheets and examples for manure applications on dairy farms. Examples are provided for a number of different manure handling systems.

Jun 2017 | OSU Extension Catalog

Calculating Dairy Manure Nutrient Application Rates

This publication describes how to calibrate waste-handling equipment and calculate nutrient application rates. It covers calibration of typical equipment found on dairies, such as stationary guns, traveling guns, liquid wagons, and ...

Troy Downing | Apr 2015 | OSU Extension Catalog

Keeping Track of Manure Nutrients in Dairy Pastures

Designed to help dairy owners determine manure application rates and forage consumption. Describes how to: (1) estimate manure generated by animals and the confinement facility; (2) measure grass consumed by animals using clip and ...

Troy Downing | Aug 2001 | OSU Extension Catalog

What should I be doing now for weed control?

Q: The straw mulch I used at the end of summer to suppress the weeds doesn't seem to be working. Should I till it and cover with plastic? black or clear? Is there something better. Or should I add more straw. I could probably bring some cardboard home from work. Is this a healthy option?

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Use Caution When Irrigating Oaks and Madrones

Excessive summer irrigation of oak and madrone trees may promote fungal diseases such as the oak root fungus (aka armillaria root disease) and crown rot.

Jun 2018 | Article

Developing a system to track nitrogen cycling on pasture-based diaries

Most dairy farmers do not have the desire to see the need to have a detailed record keeping system to make management decisions about their cropland. This project was as much about the behavior and attitudes of dairy ...

Troy Downing | Aug 2011 | Article

Blueberry bacterial and fungal diseases

Pacific Northwest blueberry growers must identify and control a number of bacterial and fungal diseases in order to ensure the highest yields. Fortunately, only a few of the diseases that occur on highbush blueberry in this region cause significant losses when left unchecked.

Jay Pscheidt, Jerry Weiland | Mar 2015 | Article

Poison Hemlock (Conium maculatum) – Silage Will Not Reduce the Toxin

Poison hemlock is one of the most poisonous of plants. Silage making has been used to reduce the concentrations of toxins in a variety of crops. Poison hemlock alkaloids are found in different concentrations depending on ...

Cassie Bouska, Amy Peters | Jan 2006 | Article

How to Remove Poison Oak Plants and Treat a Rash

Poison oak plants contain a chemical that causes a severe rash. Learn how to spot a plant, safely remove, and clean your clothes, gear and skin afterward to prevent a rash.

Jun 2010 | Article