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Oregon State University Dry Farming Project student research assistants Kelly Andrus, Asher Whitney and Meaghan Herlihy host a dry-farmed tomato tasting at the Corvallis Farmers Market.

Dry farming was more prevalent before farmers turned to irrigation, said Amy Garrett, president of the Dry Farming Institute and Oregon State University Extension small farms programs instructor. 

Researchers stand on test plots of various turfgrass cultivars. From left are Clint Mattox, Cole Stover, Wrennie Wang, Alec Kowalewski, Chas Schmid, and Emily Braithwaite. Photo by Sierra Dawn, McClain/Capital Pres.

These and other developments have cast a sudden spotlight on turfgrass management, an important and often-overlooked field of study, and the innovators behind it — people like Alec Kowalewski, Oregon State University turfgrass specialist.

Ramesh Sagili checks a vial containing bees. Photo courtesy of Oregon State University Extensnion Serivce.

Oregon State University researchers have been awarded a $500,000 USDA grant to study more than 100 plants to find which provide honey bees with the highest nutritional value.

Ed Peachey, an Oregon State University horticulture professor, examines garlic grown for seed in a Willamette Valley field. Peachey helps farmers secure new herbicides for high-value niche crops.  Mateusz Perkowski/Capital Press

Using a combination of science and diplomacy, researcher Ed Peachey convinces chemical companies to make weed-killing products available for such high-value, niche crops.

Midsummer is a good time to fertilize your vegetable garden.OSU Extension Service

Chip Bubl, associate professor and horticulturist at Oregon State University Extension Service, has been giving vegetable gardening advice for many years and offers up some tips about mid-summer feeding for plants.

Photo of Midnight Roma tomatoes

I started thinking of purple vegetables as I was transplanting the purple colored seedlings of Midnight Roma, the new purple roma tomato from Oregon State University tomato breeder, Dr. J Meyers. Midnight Roma was released in 2021.

OSU Extension Viticulture Assistant Professor, Dr. Alec Levin found the U.S. Bureau of Reclamation’s Agrimet, where many growers get their water recommendations, suggested irrigation 44% higher than necessary.

OSU released a new purple tomato called Midnight Roma.Jim Myers/OSU Extension

The new Oregon State University-developed tomato Midnight Roma follows in the steps of 10-year-old Indigo Rose, the first antioxidant-rich purple tomato available on the market.

OSU Jim Myers examines the new purple tomato, Midnight Roma

The new Oregon State University-developed tomato Midnight Roma follows in the steps of 10-year-old Indigo Rose, the first antioxidant-rich purple tomato available on the market.

The U.S. Department of Agriculture-funded study is published in the journal Scientific Reports and is the result of a research collaboration between entomologists at Oregon State University and North Carolina State University.

An electric weed control unit, attached to a tractor, in use during the first practice phase of research. Photo courtesy of Marcelo Moretti/OSU., An area treated with electric weed control one week after application. Photo courtesy of Marcelo Moretti/OSU.

An Oregon State University researcher, in partnership with area hazelnut and blueberry growers, is testing a novel means of killing weeds — he’s zapping them with high-voltage electricity.

As we think about spring and summer gardening, it's easy to get swept away by tempting seed catalogs. Read carefully before you buy so you know the choice will work for you.Marcia Westcott Peck, special to The Oregonian/OregonLive

Nichole Sanchez, Oregon State University Extension Service horticulturist, tells gardeners to plan before choosing seed. It’s so easy to go overboard. Of course, if you do there’s always someone happy to take them off your hands.

OSU Extension's experimental apple cider orchard occupies three acres at the North Willamette Research and Extension Center in Aurora. Photo by: Nik Wiman

An experimental cider orchard planted in the rich farmland of the Willamette Valley could help lead Oregon’s fledgling hard cider industry into a profitable future.

Melathopoulos marks a plant while studying bees in an outdoor habitat. Photo by: Andony Melathopoulos

Melathopoulos leads Oregon State University Extension's statewide pollinator health program and is an assistant professor. Agricultural experts say he's one of the nation's most remarkable innovators in the world of bees.

Oregon researchers are exploring alternatives to chlorpyrifos, but they say they do not have sufficient funding to do the work. Photo: Associated Press File.

Silvia Rondon, Oregon State University Extension entomology specialist, recently received a $162,794 USDA Specialty Crop Block Grant to explore chlorpyrifos alternatives.

Some fall leaves provide color to a green carpet of of moss growing in the lawn.The Oregonian/

Nine experts from Oregon State University Extension Service stepped up to bust some common gardening myths. Read on to get some research-based answers to 10 common misconceptions.

Emeritus Professor Dr. Mel Westwood

With a sad and heavy heart, we announce the passing of Dr. Melvin (Mel) N. Westwood on 31 October 2020.

Oregon's native vine maple shines in fall. Photo by Neil Bell/OSU Extension Service.

“If you’re specifically interested in fall color, it will soon be the time to start looking,” said Neil Bell, a horticulturist with Oregon State University’s Extension Service. “There are already some trees starting to display color.”

Garlic bulbs, plentiful at Oregon farmers markets, should be stored in a dark, dry and well-ventilated place.Lynn Ketchum/OSU Extension Service, By Kym Pokorny | For The Oregonian/OregonLive

Garlic roots develop in the fall and winter, and by early spring they can support the rapid leaf growth that is necessary to form large bulbs, said Chip Bubl, a horticulturist with Oregon State University’s Extension Service.

English ivy covers trees in Forest Park. Photo: Marv Bondarowicz/Staff/File

“With some of these weeds, you have to fight them forever,” said Ed Peachey, a weed specialist for Oregon State University Extension Service. “Many times, it’s more a process of controlling them rather than eradicating them."

Recent additions to the OSU Extension Catalog

Plants take up nutrients from the soil but when those nutrients are missing, it's time for fertilizer. "Plants pull out nutrients as they grow," said Weston Miller, a horticulturist with Oregon St...

“The Pacific Northwest has more species of wild bees than all the combined states east of the Mississippi, at least 500 and we expect there are many more,” said Melathopoulos, bee specialist for ...

A new tree fruit specialist has arrived at Oregon State University Extension just in time for the cherry and pear growing seasons. Mateus Pasa was hired in April at the OSU Mid-Columbia Agricultural

Dr. Ryan Contreras awarded the 2018 Western Region Award for Excellence in College and University Teaching in the Food and Agricultural Sciences

Revision. This is a quick reference for those interested in establishing a vineyard in Oregon. A step-by-step format guides readers to the basic information they would need to consider before ...

Even most cat lovers agree that discouraging them is preferable to giving them free rein. But deterring them is easier said than done. It takes persistence and patience, said Brooke Edmunds, ...

“With a thermometer, no guess work is needed. Soil temperature is the best indicator of when to plant each type of vegetable, no matter what climate zone you live in,” said Jim Myers, Oregon State...

Two products under development by Oregon State University could give Northwest berry growers new options for controlling the spotted wing drosophila, a particularly harmful type of fruit fly.

New research shows that honeybees prioritize the nutritional status of larvae when selecting for a new emergency queen. The U.S. Department of Agriculture-funded study is published in the journal ...

Join us in celebrating the achievements of the recipients of the University Awards.

Wondering which plants will attract bees to your garden? We asked The Oregon Bee Project  to put together a list of plants that our local pollinators love.  The science-based list they came up ...

While much of Oregon agriculture is “helping to grow bees” in that many of its crops attract pollinators, innovations with habitat continue, said Andony Melathopoulos, Oregon State University...

Revision. This is a quick reference for those interested in establishing a vineyard in Oregon. A step-by-step format guides readers to the basic information they would need to consider before ...

In a report published this month in the Annals of the Entomological Society of America, Lowenstein, a postdoctoral research associate at Oregon State University, and colleagues detail their...

Benton County Master Gardener Plant Sale, Saturday, May 5, 9 a.m. to 3 p.m., at the Benton County Fairgrounds. Join us for the BCMGA annual plant sale. Perennials, natives, veggies, trees, shrubs...

Honeybees are among the first of the bee species to become active each year, said Andony Melathopoulos, a bee specialist with Oregon State University Extension.

Revised Pest/Insect/Weed Management Handbooks

Hazelnuts are the most important orchard crop in Oregon’s Willamette Valley, where nearly the entire U.S. crop is produced. It is also known for the innovative cultivars developed at Oregon State ...

Most growers by now have converted from impact sprinklers that ran every week or 10 days to microsprinklers or drip irrigation, said Lynn Long, part-time research extension horticulture specialist for Oregon State University in The Dalles....