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.

Viticulturist finds that southern Oregon vineyards could save costs on water

The U.S. Bureau of Reclamation’s AgriMet network is a free weather station widely used by growers to determine how much water they need to irrigate their crops. Many wine grape growers in the Pacific Northwest use personal ...

Agrivoltaics research could lead to more sustainable farming

Agrivoltaics is the concept of using arable land to simultaneously grow crops and generate solar power. Co-developing land for both solar photovoltaic power and agriculture could provide 20% of total electricity generation in the ...

Hazelnut stewardship initiative highlights Oregon’s sustainable practices

As Oregon continues to flex its muscles in the hazelnut industry, the need for promoting sustainable practices has accelerated. To strengthen an already-strong market share – Oregon leads production in the U.S. and is third in...

New Kentucky bluegrass workgroup boosts Oregon seed research

Much of the funding for research to support Oregon’s $517 million grass seed industry comes from competitive grants offered by several commissions formed through efforts by Oregon State University Extension Service and partners. As...

OSU Train the Trainers workshops keep agricultural workers on track with food safety

Food safety education is the key to preventing the risk of food contamination in the supply chain, especially when crops are harvested directly by workers. In those cases, farms must remain especially vigilant to ensure their ...

Food pantries receive fresh blueberry donations during pandemic

In July 2020, the North Willamette Research and Extension Center (NWREC) in Aurora found itself with 1,800 pounds of mechanically harvested blueberries ready for distribution. Normally the berries are harvested and purchased by ...

Livestock producers embrace progressive tactics for dealing with wolves

Wolves pose a threat to livestock in the Pacific Northwest through depredation, and some studies have shown that their presence causes stress in cattle that leads to decreased reproductive rates and weight gain. Under the Oregon...

Sea Grant Extension engages chefs and retailers on quality, benefits and hurdles of frozen seafood

There is a long-standing perception that the quality of frozen seafood is inferior to fresh seafood, although frozen seafood provides many benefits over fresh, including longer shelf life, a lower transportation carbon footprint and...

OSU fertilization research shows savings for berry growers

In the late 1990s, Oregon growers had many questions about the best fertilizing methods for blueberry, raspberry, blackberry, strawberry and kiwiberries. Information available focused on typical grower practices and/or research from ...

Central Oregon farmers, ranchers learn methods to conserve water

Climate change is a pressing issue for farmers and ranchers around the world. Oregon farmers and ranchers are experiencing irrigation shortfalls due to a rise in temperature, reduced snowpack, increasing urban populations and ...