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.

Pay attention to the soil

Pay attention to the soil (Good Fruit Grower)
Omeg hopes to collaborate with Lynn Long, Oregon State University extension educator in The Dalles, on a trial to look at the benefits to tilling the cover crop biomass into the soil versus leaving it on top. He uses a rotary spader to incorporate the green manure, rather than a rotary tiller, to avoid soil compaction.

Changing pear palates

Changing pear palates (Australian Broadcasting Corporation)
Visiting American pomologist Dr Todd Einhorn from Oregon State University says consumers are looking for different tastes from pears and new varieties might be the answer.

Prepare for the luscious taste of homegrown blueberries: Gardening basics

Put blueberry plants in now for a great crop of sweet, healthful fruit in the future.

Three categories of blueberry plants are best-suited for Oregon climates: Northern highbush varieties, rabbiteye varieties and half-high varieties, according to Bernadine Strik, a berry specialist with the Oregon State University Extension Service.

Read more in the Oregonian »

Plant sweet berries for summertime flavor

From strawberry jam to fruit salad, nothing says summer quite like the succulent strawberry.

What’s more, these sweet berries are also packed with vitamin C, fiber and potassium. So think about enhancing your edible landscape with healthful strawberries this spring. It’s best to plant them in late March through April after the threat of hard frost has passed in western Oregon, said Bernadine Strik, a berry specialist with the Oregon State University Extension Service.

“The key thing to remember about strawberries is that there are three main types grown in Oregon,” Strik said.

Read more in the Hillsboro Tribune »

Jim Myers, vegetable breeder in the Department of Horticulture, explains participatory plant breeding

Professor and vegetable breeder Jim Myers talks about participatory plant breeding to the University of Alaska Fairbanks' Cooperative Extension Service.