Crook

Producing a weed-mapping tool that helps growers with their bottom line

Battling weed infestations on farms is an ongoing fight that is often reactive instead of proactive. Weeds begin to grow as irregular patches and then can expand to the entire field, where they become more difficult to ...

Extension rangeland faculty help mitigate spread of invasive grasses

Invasive annual grasses are a threat to the Great Basin desert ecosystem that includes much of eastern Oregon. They compromise habitat diversity for important wildlife species such as the greater sage-grouse. They shorten the ...

Organic vegetable producers finding new ways to fight weeds

Organic produce continues to be in high demand in Oregon, but what consumers don’t see are the weeds growers fight to keep out of their fields. In surveys, organic vegetable growers in Oregon consistently identify weed ...

High Desert Garden Tour educates gardeners on growing conditions

Gardeners in the fast-growing high desert of central Oregon encounter a short growing season, limited precipitation, frost any day of the year, and lackluster soil. Both ornamentals and food are a challenge to raise successfully. ...

OSU Extension research helps central Oregon farmers improve cover-cropping practices

Central Oregon is a vibrant agricultural region with 60,000 acres of irrigated croplands. Jefferson County features specialty seed production while fresh market vegetable farms are emerging in Crook and Deschutes counties. These ...

OSU Extension adopts Better Bones & Balance program for Oregon's aging population

A hip fracture caused by a fall is a devastating injury. Nearly one-third of those afflicted are likely to die in the year following injury, studies have found, and many more experience life-altering disability. It’s a common...

Forest project focuses on planning and managing for fire at landscape scale

Federal agencies, state government, collaborative groups and businesses have been attempting to increase the pace and scale of restoration in fire-adapted forests east of the Cascades in Oregon. But achieving landscape-scale outcomes ...

Juntos program empowers Latino families around education, earns accolades

Nearly 23% or Oregon's public school students are Latino. In an environment where Latino students experience persistent disparities in high school completion and college access, it is imperative to offer pre-college support that ...

Practical applications discovered for western juniper

Due to changes in land management practices, wildfire suppression in particular, western juniper acreage in the western United States has increased dramatically in the past 100 years. Thinning juniper stands helps restore rangelands ...

Central Oregon Forage Seminar boosts industry knowledge

Crooks, Deschutes and Jefferson counties in central Oregon have a large number of forage producers who want the latest information and research available to help them manage their forage operations better. Producers and agribusiness...