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Prof. Patty Skinkis

Patty Skinkis, Oregon State University’s viticulture Extension specialist and professor, has been confirmed as 2020-2021 president of the American Society for Enology and Viticulture (ASEV) as of July 1.


Photo: Tomatoes ripen quickest at 70-75 degrees.Stephen Ward/OSU Extension Service

Brooke Edmunds, a horticulturist with Oregon State University Extension Service, troubleshoots the following common problems that might afflict your tomatoes as the season goes on.


Honeybee lives are shortened — with evidence of physiological stress — when they are exposed at the suggested application rates of two widely used pesticides, according to new Oregon State University research.


An Asian giant hornet.  Karla Salp/WSDA

The U.S. has 3,141 counties, but just one, Whatcom County in northern Washington state, has documented sightings of the Asian giant hornet, dubbed “murder hornet.” Even there, only three specimens have been confirmed.


Growing them inside gives everyone the opportunity to spice up their homegrown food, said Brooke Edmunds, horticulturist for Oregon State University Extension Service.


According to Kelly Vining, horticulturalist and mint researcher at Oregon State University, verticillium wilt, caused by the fungus verticillium dahlia, causes wilting and death in mint.


Home vegetable garden. KPTV file photo.

More than 17,500 people have signed up for a vegetable gardening course at Oregon State University, as people across the country adhere to government orders to stay at home as much as possible.


Dave Reerslev, a grower in Junction City, Ore., stands in a field of mint. John Reerslev/Reerslev Farms Inc.

According to Kelly Vining, horticulturalist and mint researcher at Oregon State University, verticillium wilt, caused by the fungus verticillium dahlia, causes wilting and death in mint.


photo of bottled olive oil

New research led by Oregon State University aims to determine best farming practices for olives, a niche crop in Oregon, which could help to kick-start the state's fledgling industry.


Blueberries growing in a container

Sustainable isn’t necessarily the same as organic, noted Erica Chernoh, an Oregon State University Extension horticulturist.


a row of colorful bee hives

"Homeowners should avoid using pesticides in backyards and instead use nontoxic methods such as soapy water to get rid of pests such as aphids,” said Ramesh Sagili, an associate professor-apiculture with Oregon State University.


front page of publication EM 8413, 2020 Pest management Guide for Wine Grapes in Oregon

by Patricia Skinkis, Jay Pscheidt, Marcelo Moretti, Vaughn Walton, Achala KC, Clive Kaiser


Priyadarshini Chakrabarti receiving award

Priyadarshini Chakrabarti of Corvallis was awarded the Postdoctoral Excellence Award by the Oregon State University Faculty Senate last September.


A shed with wind damage

No plant is fireproof, but many are fire-resistant. These are plants with supple leaves without waxy or resinous surfaces, said Amy Jo Detweiler, a horticulturist with Oregon State University Extension.


A hand holding homemade compost: Making your own compost saves a lot of money. Use kitchen scraps and garden waste, as well as chicken or livestock manure and bedding, if available. File photo

Gardening is like any other hobby,” said Brooke Edmunds, a horticulturist with Oregon State University Extension Service. “It takes some level of investment. But it doesn’t have to be that expensive. There are shortcuts.”


Indoor plants can perk people up and are said to purify the air.  Photo by Terese Yarde

It’s a fundamental rule of gardening, said Heather Stoven, a horticulturist with Oregon State University Extension Service, and one that applies to houseplants just as much as outdoor ones.


Indoor plants can perk people up and are said to purify the air.  Photo by Terese Yarde

It’s a fundamental rule of gardening, said Heather Stoven, a horticulturist with Oregon State University Extension Service, and one that applies to houseplants just as much as outdoor ones.


Marcia Westcott Peck, for The Oregonian/OregonLive.  Keep plants healthy with appropriate light exposure, watering schedule and temperature, and insects and pathogens are less likely to attack.

It’s a fundamental rule of gardening, said Heather Stoven, a horticulturist with Oregon State University Extension Service, and one that applies to houseplants just as much as outdoor ones.


 Nuts, blanched kernels, and raw kernels of 'Barcelona' (left) and 'PollyO' (right) hazelnuts.  Image credit:  Shawn Mehlenbacher

Researchers from Oregon State University have completed an examination of, and have released, a new cross-bred hazelnut cultivar known as 'PollyO', and they have discovered it to be a rising star of hazelnuts grown within the United States.


“People may run into city ordinances if they let their yards grow wild, so make them functional,” said Andony Melathopoulos, a bee specialist with Oregon State University Extension. 


Sustainable Lawn School

Build the knowledge and hands-on skills to get the most from your lawn. Join Alec Kowalewski, OSU Extension turfgrass specialist, for a hands-on, sustainable lawn experience. Practice using a dethatcher to restore a lawn, measuring irrigation...


Oregon State University entomologist Vaughn Walton in a blueberry trial at the Lewis-Brown Research Farm in Corvallis said spotted wing drosophila pressure has been extremely high this summer.  Photo: Mitch Lies/For the Capital Press

Scientists are looking at several unique methods for controlling spotted wing drosophila in blueberries.


Priyadarshini Chakrabarti of Corvallis was awarded the Postdoctoral Scientist Award by the Oregon State University Chapter of Phi Kappa Phi Research Honor Society on April 10.


Local growers and researchers from Oregon State University are teaming up to solve some of the biggest problems facing the state's fledgling sector.


View Garden Time video interview with David Lowenstein discussing the brown marmorated stinkbug and its natural predator, the samurai wasp. Tips on how you can help researchers discover where in Oregon the samurai  wasp is located.


photo of Gail Langellotto in flower garden

Now a professor of horticulture at Oregon State University and the state coordinator at the OSU Extension Master Gardener Program, Langellotto helps horticulturists manage their pests with the ideology of integrated pest management.


Give standout native Oregon grape a prominent place in the garden.

“There’s a new aesthetic,” said Weston Miller, horticulturist with Oregon State University’s Extension Service. “Gardeners want to connect to nature and the heritage of plants that grow in the Pacific Northwest.”


Instead of tons per acre, Patty Skinkis says growers should start thinking in terms of pounds per linear foot. These ‘Pinot Noir’ have not been cluster thinned. (Photo: Patty Skinkis)

Don’t get her wrong. An associate professor and viticulture extension specialist at Oregon State University, Skinkis realizes the value of crop management. But growers can overdo it.


Hazelnut orchards took the brunt of the snowstorm, said Ross Penhallegon, horticulture agent for the Oregon State University Extension in Lane County. He said the snow broke branches in 10 to 30 percent of the hazelnut trees in the county.


Survey results show that the vast majority of Oregon’s school districts have implemented key integrated pest management practices, including reduced pesticide use, through training provided by Oregon State University.


Congratulations to the Horticulture Club in winning "Silver" at the Portland Home and Garden! View slides of their outstanding display here.


March 11 Science Pub offers the buzz about bees

An associate professor at Oregon State University will discuss the current status of honeybee health and sustainable beekeeping at the March edition of Science Pub Corvallis.


Blueberry Conference promotional photo
OREGON BLUEBERRY CONFERENCE MONDAY, FEBRUARY 4, 2019 7:55 a.m. – 5:00 p.m. SALEM CONVENTION CENTER 200 Liberty Street SE, Salem, OR 97301 • Phone: 503.589.1700

A bumble bee and a honeybee pollinate canola flowers.

How pollinator-enhancement programs can be developed and enhanced is the subject of the PNW Pollinator Summit & Conference slated for Feb. 14-16 at the Oregon State University CH2M Hill Alumni Center in Corvallis.


But as Shawn Mehlenbacher, professor of hazelnut breeding and genetics at Oregon State University, explains, further expansion faces challenges.


Jim Myers of Oregon State University is part of a research cooperative that is breeding vegetable varieties especially suited for organic farming.

For the third time in nine years, the USDA will fund a multi-state research program dedicated to breeding new cultivars of vegetables specially adapted for organic farms.


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