Oregon Vegetables News

Oregon among nation’s leaders in vegetable production

Remember when your mom told you to eat your vegetables? Well, if they were grown in Oregon, chances are she was doing you a favor. Oregon is well known for high quality vegetable crops, but new statistics show that the state’s growers also produce variety and quantity.

“We talk about the diversity of Oregon agriculture and the wide range of crops we grow here,” says Oregon Department of Agriculture Marketing Director Gary Roth. “But it’s not just that we produce more than 220 different crops, we are actually a leader in many areas, including growing vegetables.”

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New ODA Rules regarding blackleg in Brassicaceae plants

The updated rules are: 

  • Leptosphaeria biglobosa has been added as a cause of blackleg.  Based on symptoms, this pathogen is indistinguishable from L. maculans and may be able to hybridize with it. It has also been detected causing blackleg symptoms in Oregon crucifer fields (C.M. Ocamb, unpublished data).
     
  • A mandatory biennial review of the blackleg management requirements has been added.  This means that in two years, the Department must review the rule to see if the requirements are working, need to be adjusted, or need to be revoked.  

The filing certificate explains the amendments in more detail

EPA Seeks Comment on Proposed Decision to Register Enlist Duo Herbicide Containing the Choline Salt of 2,4-D and Glyphosate

The EPA is making available for a 30-day public comment period a proposed regulatory decision to register Enlist Duo containing glyphosate and the choline salt of 2,4-D for use in controlling weeds in corn and soybeans genetically engineered (GE) to tolerate 2,4-D.
Weeds are becoming increasingly resistant to glyphosate-based herbicides and are posing a problem for farmers. If finalized, EPA’s action provides an additional tool to reduce the spread of glyphosate resistant weeds. To ensure that Enlist Duo successfully manages weed resistance problems, the proposal would impose requirements on the manufacturer including robust monitoring and reporting to EPA, grower education and remediation and would allow EPA to take swift action to impose additional restrictions on the manufacturer and the use of the pesticide if resistance develops.

EPA is making this action available for public comment because the choline salt of 2,4-D, which is less prone to drift and volatilization than its other forms, is not currently registered for these uses. Glyphosate, however, is already registered for several varieties of GE soybeans and corn.  Since no new use pattern and no new exposures for glyphosate are being considered with this registration action, no further assessment is needed for glyphosate.

2,4-D is one of the most widely used herbicides to control weeds.  2,4-D has been registered for many years in the United States and is registered in dozens of countries, such as Canada, Mexico, Japan, 26 European Union Members, and many member countries of the Organisation for Economic Co-operation and Development (OECD).

Public comments on the EPA’s proposed regulatory decision must be submitted no later than May 30, 2014. Comments may be submitted to the EPA docket EPA-HQ-OPP-2014-0195 at www.regulations.gov.  After the comment period closes, EPA will review all of the comments and reach a final decision, which the Agency expects to issue in late summer or early fall.
Questions and Answers about this proposal are available at http://www.epa.gov/pesticides/factsheets/2-4-d-glyphosate.html

New guide - Attracting Birds of Prey for Rodent Control

Rodents are an increasing problem in fields and pastures. Birds of prey play a vital part in integrated pest management of rodent pests. The new OSU Extension publication Living on The Land — Attracting Birds of Prey for Rodent Control succinctly describes the value to farmers and ranchers of attracting barn owls and American kestrels for rodent control, and ways to help build up local populations of these birds.

It's brown, it's marmorated, it's a stinkbug

StinkbugOregon agriculture entomologists say one of the state's worst pests, the crop-eating brown marmorated stinkbug, moves indoors this time of year. You may see them clinging to walls, climbing up curtains or snuggled into couch cushions.

Brown marmorated stinkbugs can heavily damage fruit and vegetables, and tend to move indoors for the winter.
They let off a gnarly smell when agitated but aren't dangerous to people or pets. They don't harm structures and won't chew on your houseplants. Give them a warm place for the winter, however, and it's more likely their offspring will graze on your peppers, tomatoes or flowers next spring and summer. 

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OSU Unveils New Purple Tomato, ‘Indigo Rose’

Source: OSU News and Research Communications

CORVALLIS, Ore. – The "Indigo Rose" tomato steps out this year as the first "really" purple variety to come from a program at Oregon State University that is seeking to breed tomatoes with high levels of antioxidants.

The new variety is a novelty type intended for home gardens and the fresh market, and it is now available in seed catalogs, said Jim Myers, a professor in the OSU horticulture department.

"It is the first improved tomato variety in the world that has anthocyanins in its fruit," he said.

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How to troubleshoot problems growing carrots and cabbages

Source: OSU Extension

CORVALLIS, Ore. – Often gardeners look back at last season's crops and feel that they grew less-than-perfect vegetables.

Two common challenges are “hairy” or misshapen carrots and poorly formed cabbage heads. Jim Myers, an Oregon State University vegetable breeder, said there are a few things gardeners can do to overcome the challenges next season.

"Hairy or misshapen carrots or carrots with multiple roots twisted around each other may come from spacing, soil type, pests and disease,” Myers said. “It helps to thin them to an inch apart after the leaves reach up about three inches.” 

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