Aerial pesticide spraying to target gypsy moths in greater Portland area
The Oregon Department of Agriculture announced plans to spray an organic insecticide across thousands of acres of North Portland and Vancouver, Washington, over the next month to eradicate invasive gypsy moths.
The state found three Asian gypsy moths and two European gypsy moths in traps last year in North Portland and across the Columbia River in Vancouver. According to ODA spokesman Bruce Pokarney, the moths pose serious risks to trees and forests, and so far the state has managed to prevent them from taking hold.
To kill the moths in their larval stage, the ODA will spray a bacteria-based pesticide called Btk (Bacillus thuringiensis var. kurstaki) from helicopters over an area that covers part of Forest Park, the St. Johns neighborhood and West Hayden Island, as well as some land around the Port of Vancouver. The first of three applications is scheduled for early in the morning Saturday, April 16. The agency plans to complete the eradication effort by the end of May.
PEST ALERT: Spittlebugs
It's time to monitor for spittlebugs, according to OSU entomologist Robin Rosetta. "We've been running just a little behind last year in heat unit accumulation," Rosetta noted, "but these last few days heated things up and might get these early pests out and feeding."
Spittlebugs can damage a variety of ornamental plants, particularly herbaceous perennials. Heavy feeding by spittlebugs can stunt plant growth and commonly causes distortion of the new growth on which they feed.
Nine Oregon research projects awarded grants
The Western Sustainable Agriculture Research and Education (SARE) program has awarded grants to nine Oregon research projects, including several that will take place at Oregon State University (OSU). Nearly $2.9 million in grants were awarded for projects in 11 western states and territories, with Oregon proposals awarded $754,721.
The Oregon projects include:
- Extending the winter squash season: OSU, $49,958
- Evaluating hazelnut orchard cover crops: OSU, $49,997
- Restoring rangeland soil health: Crooked River Weed Management, $44,450
- The impact of wheat chaff collection on weed control: OSU, $250,000
- Soil solarization for weed control: OSU, $247,329
- Building Integrated Pest Management networks: OSU, $67,802
- Sustainable grazing in wetland pastures: Coos County Soil and Water Conservation District, $15,237
- On-farm production costs: Farmer Sarah Brown, $9,400
- Improving water-saving techniques in vineyards and orchards: A to Z Wine Works, $20,548
Western SARE is funded by USDA and the National Institute of Food and Agriculture, and is hosted by Utah State University.
Terra Nova Nurseries to display new varieties at 2016 California Spring Trials
If you're attending the 2016 California Spring Trials this week, make plans to stop by Terra Nova Nurseries' new varieties display at the Windmill Nursery trials location.
Based in Canby, Oregon, Terra Nova will feature varieties included in its Pro Liner™ program, which helps customers reduce total shipping costs and increase inventories at a more rapid pace. In addition, Terra Nova will show off many of its new plant introductions, ranging a wide selection of genera, from Begonia to Coleus, Coreopsis, Echinacea, Heuchera and many more.
Time to renew your listings in OAN Nursery Guide
It's now time to renew your Nursery Guide listings! Each OAN member gets a free profile and one free listing.
On www.NurseryGuide.com, you can add, drop and update listings at will throughout the year. All listings that are submitted and paid by May 1 will appear in the annual OAN Nursery Guide book that is mailed to members and subscribers and distributed at the Farwest Show and other industry events. Listings that are renewed by May 1 will remain on the website through April 30 of the following year.
To update your listings, go to www.NurseryGuide.com and log in. Once logged in, click on the "My Listings" link at the top of the page. If you need help recovering your user name and password, or would like to pay for your listings over the phone, please call the OAN at 503-682-5089 or 1-888-283-7219.
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REMINDER: Purchase crop insurance by May 1
May 1 is the deadline to purchase crop insurance coverage. Crop insurance provides protection against a loss in production due to natural perils such as wind, storms and freezes. Nursery growers who already have coverage under the federal crop insurance program can renew or modify their policies before the sales closing date has passed. Growers applying for coverage for the first time may purchase a crop insurance policy at any time.
OSU offering free 'Introduction to Permaculture' online course this spring
Oregon State University is offering a free online course on sustainable landscape design. The four-week course, "Introduction to Permaculture," will run from May 2–27; registration is open now.
Teaching the course is Andrew Millison, an instructor in OSU's Horticulture Department and founder of Permaculture Design International (PDI). Millison has been involved in permaculture practice, design and education for 20 years.
"I've seen exponential growth in permaculture in recent years because it directly addresses many of the issues that are on people's minds, such as climate change, food security and the alleviation of poverty," Millison said. "Permaculture offers solutions to these issues, and this course gives people a way to make a positive impact."
Donations and volunteers needed for Plant Sale
The OAN Willamette Chapter will hold its annual Plant Sale at the Oregon Ag Fest on Saturday and Sunday, April 23–24, at the Oregon State Fairgrounds (2330 17th St. NE, Salem, Oregon). Your generous donation of plant materials helps raise money for the chapter's educational fund. Blooming plants are the best, although all plants are needed and welcome. Please label all plants, and include an invoice with your donation.
To make a donation or volunteer, download this form and return it by April 14. For more information, contact Val Tancredi at email@example.com.
Willamette Chapter Plant Sale at Ag Fest
♦ APRIL 23-24 - The Willamette Chapter will hold its annual Plant Sale at the Oregon Ag Fest on April 23-24. Your generous donation of plant materials helps raise money for the chapter's educational fund. More Info »
Clackamas County student scholarships due
♦ APRIL 29 - Applications are due for the two $2,000 scholarships being offered by the Clackamas Soil and Water Conservation District for the 2016–17 school year. For questions, contact Lisa Kilders at 503-210-6002. More Info »
AFE scholarship applications due
♦ MAY 1 - The American Floral Endowment (AFE) is offering more than 20 scholarships to floriculture and horticulture students. The deadline to submit applications is May 1. More Info »
April Digger showcases green flowers
Snowpack has bounced back, but water shortages may loom
California and New York raise minimum wage to $15 an hour
April is National Safe Digging Month
Ravenna grass to be added to noxious weed quarantine
Ash tree set for extinction in Europe
OSU names new director of Southern Oregon ag research station
HRI now accepting scholarship applications
Oregon is the top grower of several deciduous shade trees
State revises proposal to increase nursery license fees
EPA approves new Syngenta insecticide
2016 Farwest Show announces keynote speaker
Oregon horticultural sales hit $932 million for 2014
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