News for the Horticulture Department

Purple TomatoesThe Purple Tomato FAQ

Learn more about this promising release from Oregon State University Department of Horticulture Plant Breeder Jim Myers.

Good season for grapes, hazelnuts in Douglas County (KVAL)

Good season for grapes, hazelnuts in Douglas County (KVAL)
Steve Renquist, a horticulture specialist with the Oregon State University Extension Service in Roseburg, said there are approximately 1,500 acres of vineyards and 220 acres of hazelnut orchards.

Arugula as an aphrodisiac (Oregonian)

Arugula as an aphrodisiac (Oregonian)
“If you live in the warmer, wetter regions of the state, you can plant lettuce and other greens now,” said Oregon State University vegetable breeder Jim Myers. “In the colder areas of the state, a cold frame or cloche can help lengthen the harvest season into winter.”

Research in a Nutshell

Professor Shawn Mehlenbacher explains how research from OSU saved the Oregon hazelnut industry.

Less is more? Maybe not, says Oregon pinot noir study: Wine Notes

Jack harvests his pinot noir grapes at 3 tons per acre. Jill harvests her pinot noir at just 2 tons per acre. Who earns the most money?

You might say Jack. But most wine experts would say Jill.

It's a head-scratcher for anyone with a basic grasp of economics.

Say you want to grow your winery business to meet an increasing demand for pinot noir. Try explaining to a banker that you want a loan so that you can buy a piece of expensive vineyard land, plant grapevines, wait four years for them to mature, then pay a team of vinetenders to carefully clip and compost 40 percent of your crop. Every year.

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As prices rise, Oregon hazelnut prospects soar (Capital Press)

As prices rise, Oregon hazelnut prospects soar (Capital Press)
Oregon State University’s hazelnut program, funded by growers and headed by renowned breeder Shawn Mehlenbacher, developed a series of blight-resistant varieties that frankly saved the industry. Growers nursed their older orchards along with stringent pruning and spraying programs while the new trees, which take about four years to mature, settled in and began producing at commercial levels.