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Try a different kind of tree this Christmas (Register-Guard)

Try a different kind of tree this Christmas (Register-Guard)
Moved outside without the care they need, the beautiful, and not inexpensive, trees meant to go in the ground in winter, languish, fade to brown and eventually die. One alternative is to buy plants meant to stay in pots, said Al Shay, a horticulture instructor at Oregon State University.

Chardonnay’s bright future (Register-Guard)

Chardonnay’s bright future (Register-Guard)
“There is increasing interest in producing premium tier chardonnay in the Willamette Valley,” said Patty Skinkis, a faculty member at the Oregon Wine Research Institute at Oregon State University.

Live Christmas trees: Stay in the pot or go in the ground after the holidays? (Oregonian)

Live Christmas trees: Stay in the pot or go in the ground after the holidays? (Oregonian)
Moved outside without the care they need, the beautiful, and not inexpensive, trees meant to go in the ground in winter, languish, fade to brown and eventually die. One alternative is to buy plants meant to stay in pots, said Al Shay, a horticulture instructor at Oregon State University.

Brown marmorated stink bugs head inside for the winter (Statesman Journal)

Brown marmorated stink bugs head inside for the winter (Statesman Journal)
“They’re unmistakable because of the stinky, irritating odor when they’re crushed,” said Vaughn Walton, an entomologist with Oregon State University Extension Service. “They move from wild host plants to our gardens and then in large amounts into our homes. That’s when people get really upset. Bugs inside freak people out.”