Agricultural Experiment Station

The Oregon Agricultural Experiment Station focuses the power of science to support over 220 Oregon crops and commodities and help address Oregon’s critical issues across landscapes, oceans, and food systems.

Small Farm School boosts potential of new farmers in north Willamette Valley

Small-acreage farming is growing popular in Oregon. The 2017 U.S. Department of Agriculture’s Census of Agriculture, released in early 2019, shows that small farms (less than 10 acres) are the fastest growing farm size in ...

Wheat and barley field trials help growers make annual variety choices

As summer turns to fall, Oregon’s cereal crop growers make decisions on the varieties of wheat or barley they will plant on their farm. These growers benefit from knowing which varieties have the best chance of success, and...

Improved propagation techniques assist olive growers in Oregon

In Oregon’s promising olive industry, it’s essential for producers, who now purchase plants from California nurseries, to grow their own trees to be financially sustainable. Although some local growers have been able to propagate...

OSU institute responds to growing smoke exposure in wine grapes

A significant increase in wildfires in the Pacific Northwest and California over the past 10 years has resulted in wine grapes being exposed to smoke at concentrations that result in smoke taint in wine. Smoke taint occurs ...

Extension support keeps Oregon Christmas trees on top

Oregon is the No. 1 producer of Christmas trees in the U.S., selling 5.2 million trees for $109 million in 2017. Much of that is exported. But before they can be shipped, the trees need to be free of hitchhiking pests ...

New Oregon State hazelnut varieties expand production

After hazelnut varieties developed at Oregon State University saved Oregon’s industry from devastation by eastern filbert blight, hazelnut acreage in Oregon has nearly tripled, marking a full recovery from a disease that nearly ...

OSU breeds new hops for craft brewers

Oregon ranks second in United States in hops production, with nearly 25 family-run hop farms spread over 7,700 acres – a 43 percent increase from 2014. The value of production in 2016 stood at $65 million - nearly ...

OSU creates new barley varieties for food, beer and forage

Barley has been an underappreciated cousin of wheat, even though it is one of the world's oldest cultivated crops. But that's changing amid a growing interest in microbrews and whole-grain diets. Helping lead the way is its ...

OSU helps cattle ranchers, environmentalists save sage-grouse

Oregon is home to 1.3 million head of cattle, valued at almost $700 million, many of which graze on sagebrush grassland. But some of that same land is also home to the greater sage-grouse. The bird occupies about half of...

OSU helps state's vineyards and wineries stay competitive

Oregon's wine industry is based on producing premium-quality wines, not mass quantities. If wineries want to compete with premium regions around the world, they know that research is necessary to keep them on the cutting edge. ...