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$2 million sought for bee health in Oregon (Capital Press)

$2 million sought for bee health in Oregon (Capital Press)
Beekeepers have been losing roughly 30 percent of their hives in recent years due to a combination of factors, including malnutrition, pests, diseases, pesticides and low genetic diversity, said Ramesh Sagili, a bee entomologist at OSU.

Little fly – big problem for wine (Wine Spectator)

Little fly – big problem for wine (Wine Spectator)
What made 2014 such a banner year for the new pest was the weather. “Mild winters and summers as well as wet weather are conducive to rapid population increase,” said Vaughn Walton, an associate professor in entomology at Oregon State University. “Spotted wing drosophila population [growth] reaches a peak during wine harvest.” In 2014, temperatures never got low or high enough in Europe to stave the frequent reproduction cycle of the fly, and humid weather around harvest exacerbated the infestation.

Good weather hurt many Oregon industries economically (GoLocalPDX)

Good weather hurt many Oregon industries economically (GoLocalPDX)
Due to the warm weather, vineyards across the state are experiencing “bud break” — the buds coming out of the vine — about three weeks earlier than normal, two weeks earlier than in 2014, said Oregon State University Vitriculture expert Patty Skinkis.
 

No green thumb yet? There’s help (Idaho Statesman)

No green thumb yet? There’s help (Idaho Statesman)
“Novice gardeners often start too big and soon realize they don’t have the time or energy to fully develop or maintain their original garden plan,” said Gail Langellotto, a horticulturist with Oregon State University Extension Service

Handbook guides gardeners week by week (Statesman Journal)

Handbook guides gardeners week by week (Statesman Journal)
May 15, on average, is the last day of frost, according to Al Shay, a horticulture professor at Oregon State University.