Alfalfa grown for forage in the arid Northwest requires 1.8-acre feet to 3.2-acre feet of water per year, depending on length of the growing season. This drought advisory publication recommends steps producers can take when water availability is reduced.
Drought is a major concern for producers of food and forage crops. According to the U.S. Drought monitor, Central and Eastern Oregon in particular, are in severe drought. In the early 1990's, a trial was conducted to determine the yield per inch of water applied to 5 cereal species: barley, triticale, rye, wheat, and oat. All varieties received the same amount of irrigation and were harvested at late boot or soft dough growth stage. These data may help producers choose a variety and species of cereal to plant as emergency forage if irrigation water is limited. (8 pages,.docx file) . .
Q: I hired a lawn irrigation contractor to install a lawn irrigation system in our yard. He buried the lawn irrigation pipes about 7 - 8 inches below the surface. He maintains that the pipes are "plenty deep" to avoid winter...
Southern Oregon wine grape growers might be able to cut their water usage by almost half because of a new study led by Oregon State University Extension Service that found wine grape water usage estimated by the U.S. Bureau of Reclamation's AgriMet was 44% higher than necessary.
The first issue of the 2021 OSU Hemp Newsletter. In this issue, we discuss how hemp producers can create corn earworm monitoring kits; reminders on careful watering of transplanted hemp; and provided recent OSU news and updates on hemp.
Govinda Shrestha, Gordon Jones |
Jul 2021 |
The workshops and popular field tours provided the education needed to make the right decisions about livestock grazing and irrigation in order to conserve water, increase forage production and increase profits.