Projects

Project Started
Breeding Vegetables for Organic Systems

We are in the second year of three years of funding for organic breeding. The three breeding projects (late blight resistant tomatoes, bush tromboncino summer squash, OP broccoli) will extend beyond the timeframe of the grant with the earliest expectation of release being with broccoli materials in 2007. The tomato and summer squash projects have another seven years or so before we will see the first variety release.

2009
Integrating Beetle Habitat into Pacific Northwest Farming Systems

Why care about Beetles?

2007
Intensive Protective Cultivation of Bi-color Sweet Cherries using Light Spectral Management

The goal of this project to identify those ecological soil community management strategies which synchronize soil nutrient availability with tree demand in order to improve long-term farm health, fruit quality, and production.

Strategies:

Irrigated Production in Eastern Oregon

Organic production in Eastern Oregon has started to grow as a portion of the acreage on historically conventional farms. Organic vegetable production is well suited to the Lower Umatilla Basin because of the favorable climate and quality irrigation water. Vegetables (potatoes, onions, peas, corn and carrots) have the potential to be rotated with a forage crop such as alfalfa or other legumes such as winter peas. These forages could be used for organic feeds throughout the Pacific Northwest.

Management of Soils for Soil-Borne Disease Suppression

As rotations shorten and fumigants become scarce there is increasing grower and researcher interest in the development of alternative strategies for soil-borne disease management.

Nutrient and Pest Management in High Value Organic Agriculture

Nick Andrews is developing an applied research and extension program in organic vegetable production at the North Willamette Research and Extension Center (NWREC) in Aurora. NWREC is in the process of transitioning about 3.5 acres to organic production.

Nutrient Cycling in Organic Sweet Cherry Orchards

The goal of this project to identify those ecological soil community management strategies which synchronize soil nutrient availability with tree demand in order to improve long-term farm health, fruit quality, and production.

Strategies:

Organic Blueberry Production

An organic blueberry systems trial will be established at the OSU NWREC in 2006. The objectives of the project are to evaluate the impacts of bed system, weed management system (weed mat, mulch, vinegar, propane), and organic fertilization methods on growth, yield, soil biology, weeds, diseases (particularly root rot) and profitability of organic blueberry production.

Organic Fertilizer Blends for Blueberry Production

Blueberries are a rapidly growing agricultural commodity in Oregon. In 2005, about 3,700 acres of blueberries are harvested with a crop estimated at 30 million pounds, which ranks Oregon third in the country in total blueberry production. Because of such a huge market demand for organic blueberries, both new and established blueberry growers are starting to explore organic blueberry production.

Organic Vegetable and Tree Fruit Production

Organic production in the lower Willamette Valley has been strong for years. New growers getting into organic production require training in general production techniques. An extension program training farmers in innovative production methods is ongoing. An organic fertilizer guide was needed to aid organic farmers in making fertilization decisions. A guide was developed and reviewed by staff from Oregon Tilth and WSDA's organic program. Approximately 1,200 guides have been distributed.

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New Organic Agriculture Courses Offered Spring Term 2014

HORT 260 Organic Farming and Gardening (3)
Organic farming and gardening methods are discussed in class and practiced in the... more