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Fall gardening

Fall gardening

This has been one strange year. Everything has been odd, including the garden. In what should have been a very bad year, drought and all, it turned out to be one of the best in terms of the home garden. There hasn’t been enough moisture to get everything damp, irrigation districts have had to cut […]

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Largest Craft Fair in Southern Oregon – soregonag@gmail.com – Gmail

HOLIDAY MARKET November 8-9, from 10 a.m. to 5 p.m Jackson County Expo, Central Point The largest craft fair in Southern Oregon. It will be chock-full of crafts, one-of-a-kind handmade gifts and delectable treats. Featuring more than 200 vendors displaying unique gifts. You’re sure to find something for everyone as you browse through artisan foods, […]

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The fickle finger of frost in the vineyard

  A late April frost showed up a couple of days later as wilted vines.  Fortunate for vineyards, there is always another bud.  that just keeps the vine from dying.  a good frost protection will help preserve the crop and make for a good vintage year.  Many of the growers in this area (the Rogue […]

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Bee Keeping School date announced

The Southern Oregon Beekeepers Association (SOBA) just announced the date for 2013 Bee School! This year’s one-day class will be held on Saturday, April 6th at the Southern Oregon Research and Extension Center on Hanley Road.   This year’s focus will be on “The Science and Art of Beekeeping in the Rogue Valley.”  This is […]

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Gypsy Moths may be coming to Oregon spelling disaster

Gypsy Moths may be coming to Oregon spelling disaster

    They don’t look like much — but the clump of eggs left by an Asian gypsy moth could spell disaster. A federal inspector found two clumps of eggs March 7th on a ship that had just come into the Port of Portland. They’re about the size of a dime but, “they can take […]

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bug-on-bug warfare

Leave Blank:Do Not Change:Your email:  CORVALLIS Ore. – As the brown marmorated stink bug spreads across the state, Oregon State University is studying how to use bug-on-bug warfare to stop this crop-damaging pest. The insect arrived in the eastern United States in the late 1990s and has since spread to more than 30 states. The […]

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Oregon’s record high production for years 1980-­2011

Apples* 102,500 tons 1987 Barley 20,806,000 bu 1986 Pears 258,000 tons 1994 Hay 3,624,000 tons 2004 Hazelnuts 49,500 tons 2001 Onions, storage 16,214,000 cwt 2007 Potatoes 30,683,000 cwt 2000 Blueberries 65,500,000 lbs 2011 Ryegrass, ann. 266,460,000 lbs 1999 Snap beans 173,900 tons 1989 Strawberries 1,014,000 cwt 1988 Sweet cherries* 60,000 tons 1988 Sweet corn, proc. […]

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Enlist some friends to control Bugs in the garden

“Aw, no bugs!” exclaims Betsey Miller after meticulously pouring over a wheelbarrow’s worth of decomposing leaf litter and manure. “The chickens are doing a great job, but it’s still fun for us entomologists to find insects once in a while!” A pen of praiseworthy red-ranger chickens peck away at the grass a few yards away, […]

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USDA Urges Americans to Prevent Invasive Pests, Protect American Agriculture

WASHINGTON, April 2, 2012—The U.S. Department of Agriculture’s (USDA) Animal and Plant Health Inspection Service (APHIS) today announced that it is dedicating the month of April to sharing information about the threat that invasive plant pests, diseases and harmful weeds pose to America’s fruits, vegetables, trees, and other plants—and how the public can help prevent […]

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You asked for it–now get ready for summer

Zucchini Wine isn’t all that difficult to make–actually none of the country wines will challenge you that much.  Just for the sake of clarity, let’s define country wines that are those made from other fruit than grapes.   Four pounds of ripe zucchini   Two Oranges, Two lemons   One thing about zucchini is that […]

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