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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 ...

OSU plant pathologists monitor new wheat virus

Wheat in Oregon is a $300 million industry, and a $2 billion industry in the Pacific Northwest, so growers keep an eye out for diseases that can affect their yield and quality. Soilborne wheat mosaic virus is responsible ...

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 ...

Extension adult exercise programs keep Oregonians active during COVID-19

Physical activity is important to both physical and emotional health, and it can help strengthen the immune system. Walk With Ease and StrongWomen & StrongPeople are two popular Oregon State University Family and Community ...

OSU wheat and barley field trial helps growers make annual variety choices

In 2019, wheat was Oregon's sixth-largest commodity, with a value at the farm gate of $282.9 million. While barley production is substantially lower than wheat production, the grain is an important rotation crop in many parts ...

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 ...

Urban-Rural Exchange helps children see the world through different eyes

The difference between urban and rural youth is a wide one. Children grow up in different environments and have different beliefs. That can lead to conflict. To bridge the gulf, the OSU Extension Service 4-H started the ...

Camp Tumbleweed helps 4-H youth gain life skills, leadership experience

In 2016, Oregon 4-H Youth Development, with a goal of offering a 4-H residential camp experience for younger grades, launched Camp Tumbleweed. The camp provides youth an opportunity to meet new friends and gain new life skills....

OSU Extension helps ranchers follow strict new antibiotic rules

Antibiotics are an effective weapon against bacterial disease. But because they’re used widely in both animals and humans, some bacteria have evolved into deadly, drug-resistant super-strains. About 2 million people in the U.S. are...

OSU’s wheat research is gaining on disease resistance

Wheat diseases such as stripe rust can ruin an entire crop—a major problem for an Oregon crop worth $368 million. Breeding disease resistance into the plants reduces or eliminates the amount of chemical inputs farmers need to...