Weeds can become herbicide-resistant, but there are strategies to counteract it Evidently we hate weeds. The US Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) reports that expenditures on herbicides consistently accounted for the largest portion of total world pesticide expenditures at approximately 45 percent, followed by insecticides, fungicides, and other pesticides. Amazingly, in 2012, U.S. expenditures accounted for […]
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Note: This article is part of the Growing Knowledge series in Digger magazine. This series is provided by Oregon State University in collaboration with the United States Department of Agriculture and in partnership with the Oregon Association of Nurseries.
Starting a board of directors is frequently cited by family business owners as something they know they “should do.” In fact it’s a perennial top request for new family business workshop topics. With all of this reported interest, it’s surprising that only 48 percent of family businesses have actually instituted a functioning board. Two important […]
The recent trend toward more extreme periods of drought has been a shock to residents of the Pacific Northwest. Many are able to maintain their landscapes at high levels only through heavy summer watering. This has forced people of the Pacific Northwest, and people from all around the world, to rethink their water-use strategies, as […]
Oregon nurseries are increasingly threatened by the repeated expansion of the sudden oak death (SOD) epidemic in Curry County. Although this epidemic is geographically far away from the main nursery production areas, the continued expansion of the SOD quarantine area and the newly discovered introduced EU1 clone are distinct threats to the nursery industry. What […]
Identifying and managing slugs and snails is critical in
Pacific Northwest gardens and nurseries.
OSU researchers discuss the factors affecting the unintended movement of potentially damaging chemicals.
The Ornamental Plant Breeding Program develops new plants with an eye on how they function in modern, low-input landscapes.
Updated pest management handbooks are now
mobile-friendly and searchable online.
This traditional method of water purification was tested for its effectiveness at removing two common greenhouse pathogens, Phytophthora and Fusarium.
Ongoing study shows this western native shrub to be drought tolerant, great for pollinators, and overall well suited for Northwest landscapes.