Southern Oregon Ag Online agriculture in Southern Oregon Thu, 18 Sep 2014 23:35:06 +0000 en-US hourly 1 Hay growers association meeting September 24 Thu, 18 Sep 2014 23:35:06 +0000 to me

Hi everyone……just a heads up….the fall Oregon Hay and Forage Growers meeting is scheduled for next Wednesday, September 24, 10 am at the Klamath Extension Office, south end of Washburn Way, Klamath Falls, Oregon. (Rich ….is the room reserved?)

If Klamath Falls is too far to travel please consider attending the meeting by Polycom……that means you Mark Butterfield (LOL) and you Bill Buhrig and others that  live in the northern and eastern parts of the state.   We would love to have your input  at these meetings!!!!!! Not just board members can come ….all members are welcome to attend!!!!!  Get a car load together and make a day trip out of it! Hope to see a room full at this meeting!!!!!!   Mary
Here is info on Polycoms:
Polycoms Make Attending OHFA State Board Meetings Easy

Mylen Bohle, with the Central Oregon OSU Extension Service, has been trying to figure out how more board members from other distant affiliates (depending upon who is hosting the board meeting) could / would participate in the state board meetings via Polycoms.  They are available in each region by contacting your local extension service.  With the Polycoms, we can see and hear you, and you can see and hear us. They are easy to connect up. The Polycoms would allow any affiliate president and board members, and any other interested OHFA members to participate, when a particular state board meeting is too far away to travel to because of time and expense.  As long the Polycom room is available and reserved ahead of time in an affiliate’s county Extension office, then every affiliate should be able to attend the meetings.

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Easy raised beds Thu, 18 Sep 2014 03:48:15 +0000 2014 09 16_1345

The new raised bed, three blocks high and filled with three layers of straw alternating with three layers of soil mix.



Last year I built five raised beds for my garden. I have gotten tired of tilling and more importantly, tired of bending all the way to the ground. As my age goes up, my flexibility goes down. Funny how that happens.

The first two I built were 3 x 12″ lumber and they went together pretty quickly. Unfortunately, they are just one foot above ground level and that still leaves me with having to bend over, especially since the fill material sinks as the season goes on.

The final three I built last year are made of concrete block and they are generally taller than the wooden sided beds. The first two, one for winter veggies, the other for strawberries, are two blocks high, or a total of about 16-inches from the ground. Better, but still not good.


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This view gives a good look at the mortar I use to hold the blocks together. you can also see how the cavities are filled with soil mix in preparation for palnting.

The final bed I made last year is three blocks high and measures 5′ wide and 16′ long. This one was planted this spring with tomatoes, squash and peppers. This one is beautiful, I don’t have to bend very far to pull the occasional weed and being so far off the ground makes it easier to harvest veggies.

Last weekend, we bought a couple of pallets of concrete block and hauled them home for more raised beds. By Saturday evening, I had the first one complete and partially filled with our soil mixture.


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Spray foam insulation has enough bonding capability to hold the blocks in place.

We made the beds by first laying down 1/2″ hardware cloth to prevent burrowing animals from coming up from the bottom and raising havoc with out garden plants. Atop the wire, we place flakes of straw, then a layer of the soil mixture and alternate straw and soil until the bed is filled. We also fill the holes in the block with soil and plant them also with onions.

The construction of the block walls is fairly easy–heavy, but easy– and goes fairly quickly. I depend on spray foam insulation to bond the concrete block and apply it where there is room to do so. The alternative is to stack the block and use grout to bond the block. The soil in the pockets also hold the block. To leave the block stacked one atop another would likely not hold the block with the pressure of the soil inside.

Last year’s beds held well and worked extremely well. The soil/straw mix did shrink down during the season, approximately 6 inches over the course of the summer. The straw mix also held the moisture well and where possible, I placed straw over the bed to prevent wind evaporation.

From a minimum of plants, we were able to take most of the vegetables we used over that time. The tomatoes grew so tall, they grew over the tomato cages, sagged to the ground and probably put on some 10′ of growth. Plant growth is one thing, but the important part is the tomatoes. We don’t grow them simply for the vines, but for the fruit and they did very well in that category.


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Watering was simple; used pvc pipe was laid in the bed and holes drilled into it along the length of the pipe. Most watering lasted some 15 minutes and I didn’t have to water every day, but for the most part twice a week. It was a quick process and very easy.

Now those two beds that were put in last year, those will receive another course of concrete block to bring them up to the correct height and more soil will be added to fill it to the top of the retaining walls.

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Shasta Livestock auction September 12 Sun, 14 Sep 2014 13:10:38 +0000 RECEIPTS:                       This Week: 864 Last Week: 3278 COMPARED TO LAST WEEK: Slaughter cows and bulls $2-$3 softer. Cattle under 700 lbs mostly steady. Yearlings steady to $8 lower on less demand. Off lots and singles $15-$40 below top. SLAUGHTER COWS: High Dress Low Dress                               Breakers: 100.00-108.00 109.00-120.00                               Boneing: 91.00-99.00                               Cutters: 84.00-90.00                                             BULLS 1 & 2: 100.00-120.00 121.00-129.00 (few) FEEDER STEERS: 300-400 295.00 to                       322.00 (few) Top Offerings/Pen Lots 400-450 xxxx to xxxx 450-500 265.00 to                       302.00 500-550 xxxx to xxxx 550-600 240.00 to                       273.00 600-650 235.00 to                       254.50 650-700 215.00 to                       235.00 700-750 220.00 to                       235.50 750-800 xxxx to xxxx 800-900 200.00 to                       211.50 FEEDER HEIFERS: 300-400 xxxx to xxxx Top Offerings/Pen Lots 400-450 265.00 to                       302.50 450-500 xxxx to                       283.00 (1 set) 500-550 239.00 to                       254.00 550-600 210.00 to                       230.00 (few) 600-650 210.00 to                       244.00 650-700 210.00 to                       244.00 700-750 xxxx to xxxx 750-800 200.00 to                       226.50 800-900 xxxx to xxxx                                                        PAIRS:   No market test                                             CALVY COWS:   Too few to test

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Oregon’s new ag mag Fri, 12 Sep 2014 00:35:42 +0000 The Oregon Department of Agriculture announces the premiere issue of a new magazine, Growing Oregon: A guide to the state’s agriculture, food and markets with the publication targeting potential buyers of the state’s products. The magazine provides a comprehensive look at Oregon farmers, ranchers, and fishermen as well as food processing. The publication also pairs with a website that provides a digital magazine and tablet friendly versions.
ODA has worked with nationally recognized publisher Journal Communications to produce the magazine. No public funds were used in the production of the magazine, which was supported through advertising by Oregon commodity commissions, agricultural organizations, and private companies.
“With the tremendous diversity of our agriculture and fisheries, we have a lot to offer for those interested in buying our products,” says ODA Director Katy Coba. “Growing Oregon will be a great resource and marketing tool to showcase the business of Oregon food and agriculture. I believe it will be well received and I’m excited to see the response.”
The 53-page magazine features original photography, reader-friendly charts and graphs, and profiles of individual farmers, ranchers, fishermen, and companies. Articles focus on Oregon’s top agricultural sectors as well as innovations in technology and research. ODA will use the magazine in direct mailings, trade shows, consumer venues, and to connect with Oregon’s decision makers. Copies will also be distributed to Oregon businesses and organizations connected to agriculture and fisheries.
“We will distribute the magazine to a variety of audiences that we are confident will want to purchase Oregon food and agriculture products,” says Coba. “The publication can also be a great supplement to a company’s or organization’s own marketing and promotional efforts.”
Growing Oregon will debut at three events where potential buyers of Oregon’s agricultural products and industry influencers will gather. These events, happening the week of September 15th, are Fine Food Australia in Melbourne, which is Australia’s largest food industry expo; Feast Portland’s media room reaching food writers from across the US; and 15 food service, retail, and baking industry buyers from China seeking products from Oregon.
A digital version of Growing Oregon: A guide to the state’s agriculture, food and markets is available at <>.
ODA plans to make the magazine an annual publication.
For more information, contact Bruce Pokarney at (503) 986-4559.

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Oregon ranchers wonder what’s next Thu, 11 Sep 2014 03:42:32 +0000 Since 2009, Oregon ranchers have been vigilant against wolves preying on their livestock.

Ranchers throughout the state, along with the Oregon Cattlemen’s Association in Salem, have paid careful attention to what’s happened on their land concerning wolves because wolf depredations directly impact the bottom line of not only ranchers, but also directly affects the economy and what’s put on plates at American dinner tables. After all, cattle is the No. 2 agricultural commodity in Oregon at more than $669 million in 2013 alone, according to the Oregon Department of Agriculture.

Along with also paying attention to the legal ranglings of wolves at state and federal levels, Oregon ranchers are now in an awkward position with the Oregon Department Fish and Wildlife’s latest wolf depredation investigation. Last month, ODFW officials confirmed that a wolf from the Umatilla Pack was responsible for killing a sheep in late-August, bringing the total of recent qualified wolf depredations to three. It’s a significant stepping stone because in order for state officials to authorize a wolf killing, certain conditions need to be met. One of those conditions is that the rancher has taken non-lethal steps to protect their livestock. Another condition is that state officials must feel wolf attacks will likely continue despite more non-lethal protections. The third condition is that officials must supply undeniable proof that a wolf or wolves are responsible for four livestock attacks in a six-month period.

With three attacks now confirmed by officials, Oregon ranchers are in a bit of unfamiliar territory. Do they hope for another confirmed wolf depredation for state officials to possibly authorize a wolf kill that would stop depredations or do they simply hope another wolf attack on their cattle doesn’t happen?

“We don’t wish another rancher has another qualified event on any fellow producer,” said Clint Sexson, the president of the Umatilla County Cattlemen’s Association. “However, given the past events, another qualified event is anticipated. When, and if, that point does come, we are prepared to do our part to see that due process does follow through. We are only really looking for some kind of restitution for our many hours of worry and losses to our families and our operations.”

Joseph rancher Todd Nash, the Oregon Cattlemen’s Association Wolf Committee Chairman, said the situation is simply a difficult for both ranchers and non-ranchers.

“It’s a negative thing to kill a wolf and for it to come that,” he said. “It’s one of those no-win situations that we get into as an industry.”

Even if a wolf does not attack, a wolf’s mere presence can dramatically affect livestock. The harassed livestock not only lose valuable weight from being chased by a wolf, but livestock also have their grazing habits disturbed due to the wolf presence. As a result, livestock do not regain those valuable pounds back quickly, if they do at all. Both are major economic losses to Oregon cattlemen.

The presence of wolves also play key roles in lost pregnancies in livestock. The pregnant animal that is harassed has a higher risk of losing her growing fetus — not only from being chased by wolves, but from the uneasiness that results from the wolves being present. Both cause higher levels of cortisol in the blood, which can result in the loss of a pregnancy.

Injuries and infections from wolf attacks also significantly affect livestock. The reduced weight and quality of the animal — plus the cost of time, veterinarian bills and antibiotics for recovery — substantially reduce the sale value of the livestock. Basically, the rancher has a slim chance to break even financially in this case, and they most likely will suffer a significant economic loss.

While much of this may seem only pertinent to Oregon cattlemen and those in related industries, the devastating impact of wolf depredations carry far beyond the rancher. In fact, it can trickle all the way down to the average consumer. How? One single cow can be worth at least $15,000 based on not only its physical characteristics, but how many calves it can produce in its lifetime. For instance, if a person was to buy a 2-year-old heifer, it would cost approximately $2,500. Throughout its lifetime, a cow can produce an average of 10 calves. Each of those calves is worth approximately $1,500, making each cow capable of generating $15,000. If their initial investments in in these cows are lost, it could result in driving the cost of beef higher than it already is. Even more significant is that according to the Cattle Inventory Report issued by the U.S. Department of Agriculture, the 87.7 million head of cattle in the United States is the lowest since 1951, which means sin ce if there are fewer cattle, beef prices for the American consumer may spike.

Nash also said wolf depredations on cattle have other ancillary effects. If a calf or cow is killed by a wolf, others involved in the beef production process are negatively affected. Nash said a cow or calf that’s killed by a wolf depredation won’t go through the processing plant, the distributor and retailer before a cut of beef finally lands on a plate in front of the consumer. All of those employed people along the way – all the way down to the waiter who serves the beef to the consumer – won’t benefit economically if a wolf attacks a cow or calf.

All of these factors are important in the wolf depredation issue regarding Oregon cattlemen.

“In the Oregon rancher’s case, it seems that the wolves only slip away to not only linger nearby to cause more harm, but to continually antagonize our livelihood and future,” Sexson said.

If the standards on wolf depredations are met that could allow state officials to issue a kill order, Oregon ranchers are steadfast: They want action to be taken.

“One of the problems with the Umatilla Pack, though, is they got so used to living right next to residents and killing right next to houses. Human presence has no value to them in a situation like that. Those types of wolves need to have a reverent fear of people and their dwellings,” Nash said. “But if it does go to lethal control, I hope (state officials) are effective and they take out the wolves and all of the wolves that have been part of that behavior. Anything short of that is not going to be effective management.”

In the meantime, Oregon ranchers and producers will continue to do all they can to protect their livelihood against the growing Oregon wolf population, evident by the recent news of wolf OR-7 finding a mate and having puppies. In fact, the wolf population in Oregon is growing 33 percent per year, doubling the wolf population every two years.

“We have seen the count escalate to this point before and the results were not necessarily favorable,” Sexson said. “So, it is definitely a waiting game and we don’t have control.”

Ultimately, though, Nash said the entire situation is one where nobody wins.

“Wolves in Oregon are going to be in constant conflict with people in Oregon. We’re not only going to have dead livestock, but we’re going to have dead wolves — legally and illegally — and people are going to be upset on both sides. It’s not fair to the wolves, either, being in this situation.”

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Color in the Country 5K Run/Walk Tue, 09 Sep 2014 12:19:56 +0000 Color in the Country 5K Run/Walk
Prepare to get colorful with a beautiful fall run in the country!
Saturday, September 20, 2014
Henley High School – Joe Arant Memorial Cross Country Trail
Registration begins at 8:00 AM
Run begins at 9:00 AM
Fundraiser for Henley FFA National Meats Judging Trip to Denver, CO
Course: The 5K consists of three laps around the Joe Arant Memorial cross country trail through the FFA/Ag Farm. Timing will NOT be provided. There will be three color stations around the trail, therefore you will be colored nine times throughout the run/walk.
Registration: Make checks payable to Henley FFA Chapter. Then, mail the registration form with the check to Henley High School c/o Henley FFA Chapter at the address below:
Henley FFA Chapter
8245 Highway 39
Klamath Falls, Oregon 97603
ATTN: Color in the Country 5K Run/Walk
Fees: Early bird prices are $20 and $30 with a t-shirt and will close on September 10th. After September 10th, prices will be $25 and $35. T-shirts are available in sizes S-XL. Fees are non-refundable/non-transferable.
Entry packets: Pick up race packets from 3:30-6:30 PM on Friday, September 19, 2014 in the lobby of Henley High School and prior to the race on race day starting at 8:00 AM.
Questions: Contact Meghan Biggs (Henley FFA Advisor) at or (541) 591-2219.
Color in the Country 5K Run/Walk Entry
Saturday, September 20, 2014
Please select one: Early Bird Prices  $20  $30 w/ t-shirt
After September 10th  $25  $35 w/t-shirt (while supplies last)
___________________________________________________________ _________ ____________________________________________________
First Name MI Last Name
Street Address
________________________________________________ _________ ____________________ Male Female
City State Zip/Postal Code Gender (circle one)
_______________________________________ __________ S M L XL
Birthdate (mm/dd/yyyy) Age (day of race) T-shirt Size (circle one)
_________________________________ _____________________________________________________________________________
Phone Number Email Address WAIVER MUST BE READ, SIGNED AND MAILED WITH ENTRY I know that participating in an organized athletic event is potentially hazardous, and that I should not enter to participate unless I am medically able and properly trained. I HEREBY ASSUME THE RISKS OF PARTICIPATING IN THIS EVENT. I certify that I am physically fit and that I have sufficiently trained. I agree to abide by the competitive rules. I hereby take the following action for myself, my executors, administrators, heirs, next to kin, successors and assigns, or anyone else who might claim or sue on my behalf, and I hereby waive, release and discharge from any and all claims, losses, or liabilities for death, personal injury, partial or permanent disability, property damage, medical or hospital bills, or theft which may arise out of or relate to my participation in this event. I agree not to sue, and to hold harmless any and all persons, sponsors, volunteers, participants or government agencies for any and all claims or liabilities that I have waived, released or discharges herein. ________________________________________________________________________________________________________ _______________________________________ Signature (Signature of Parent or Legal Guadian if participant is under the age of 18) Date

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Shasta Livestock sale September 5 Sat, 06 Sep 2014 14:02:03 +0000 RECEIPTS:   This Week: 3275 Last Week: 400 COMPARED TO LAST WEEK: Thanks to all our consignors & buyers for making our Anniversary Sale a roaring success. Slaughter cows & bulls $1 – $2 higher. Stockers & feeders $10 – $30 higher than last weeks small sale. Off lots & singles $20 – $50 lower than top offerings SLAUGHTER COWS: High Dress Low Dress                             Breakers: 102.00-111.00 112.00-125.00                             Boneing: 92.00-101.00                             Cutters: 85.00-92.00                                            BULLS 1 & 2: 100.00-120.00 121.00-134.00 FEEDER STEERS: 300-400 290.00 to                     330.00 (few) Top Offerings/Pen Lots 400-450 270.00 to                     319.00 450-500 240.00 to                     296.00 500-550 240.00 to                     281.00 550-600 230.00 to                     274.00 600-650 225.00 to                     259.00 650-700 219.00 to                     258.00 700-750 228.00 to                     238.00 750-800 210.00 to                     231.00 800-900 200.00 to                     229.00  FEEDER HEIFERS: 300-400 250.00 to                     302.00 Top Offerings/Pen Lots 400-450 250.00 to                     295.00 450-500 230.00 to                     279.00 500-550 218.00 to                     260.00 550-600 218.00 to                     257.00 600-650 200.00 to                     249.00 650-700 201.00 to                     238.00 700-750 200.00 to                     229.00 750-800 197.00 to                     223.00 800-900 199.00 to                     221.00                                   PAIRS: Full Mouth Pairs $2200-$2850 Broken Mouth Pairs $1650-$2350.                        CALVY COWS: 1 load of fancy spring bred heifers $2450. Few full mouth cows $1550-$1775 / Broken mouth $1400-1600

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Shasta Livestock sale August 29 Sat, 30 Aug 2014 19:23:24 +0000 RECEIPTS:                       This Week: 400 Last Week: 980 COMPARED TO LAST WEEK: Slaughter cows steady to $2 lower. Bulls steady. Very light test on feeders but demand good. Big sale expected next week. SLAUGHTER COWS: High Dress Low Dress                               Breakers: 100.00-110.00 112.00-125.00                               Boneing: 89.00-99.00                               Cutters: xxxx                                             BULLS 1 & 2: 100.00-120.00 125.00-131.00 FEEDER STEERS: 300-400 xxxx to                       298.00 (1 set) Top Offerings/Pen Lots 400-450 237.00 to                       272.00 (2 sets) 450-500 260.00 to                       275.00 500-550 xxxx to                       257.00 (1 set) 550-600 xxxx to xxxx 600-650 xxxx to xxxx 650-700 xxxx to xxxx 700-750 xxxx to xxxx 750-800 210.00 to                       235.00 (few) 800-900 xxxx to                       213.00 (1 set) FEEDER HEIFERS: 300-400 xxxx to                       271.00 (1 set) Top Offerings/Pen Lots 400-450 xxxx to                       253.00 (1 set) 450-500 xxxx to                       246.00 (1 set) 500-550 xxxx to xxxx 550-600 210.00 to                       220.00 600-650 xxxx to xxxx 650-700 xxxx to                       217.00 (1 set) 700-750 xxxx to xxxx 750-800 xxxx to xxxx 800-900 xxxx to xxxx                                                        PAIRS:   Mixed-age small pen lots $2200-$2750                                             CALVY COWS:   Too few for market test

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Shasta Livestock report August 22 Sat, 23 Aug 2014 23:29:48 +0000 RECEIPTS:                       This Week: 980 Last Week: 1245 COMPARED TO LASTWEEK: Slaughter cows & bulls steady. Steers under 500# steady. Over 550# steady to $7 lower. Heifers $7-$15 lower. Off lots & singles $20-$40 lower than top offerings. SLAUGHTER COWS: High Dress Low Dress                               Breakers: 101.00-109.00 110.00-126.00                               Boneing: 91.00-100.00                               Cutters: xxx                                             BULLS 1 & 2: 100.00-119.00 120.00-138.00 FEEDER STEERS: 300-400 xxxx to                       302.50 1 set Top Offerings/Pen Lots 400-450 277.00 to                       282.50 2 sets 450-500 252.00 to                       270.00 500-550 230.00 to                       261.00 few 550-600 220.00 to                       248.00 600-650 210.00 to                       240.50 650-700 217.00 to                       229.00 700-750 204.00 to                       230.00 750-800 xxx to xxx 800-900 200.00 to                       216.00 FEEDER HEIFERS: 300-400 242.00 to                       262.50 few Top Offerings/Pen Lots 400-450 200.00 to                       231.00 few 450-500 200.00 to                       241.00 500-550 xxxx to xxxx 550-600 195.00 to                       220.00 600-650 189.00 to                       200.00 650-700 185.00 to                       197.50 700-750 xxxx to                       194.50 1 set 750-800 186.00 to                       198.00 800-900 180.00 to                       186.00                                                        PAIRS: Too few for market test                                             CALVY COWS: Spring bred broken mouth cows $1300-$1460.00 NEXT WEEK (Aug. 29): Expecting 500 head

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Small animals auction at the Klamath County Fair Wed, 20 Aug 2014 22:47:11 +0000 follow link to small animal video:


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