Researchers continue to evaluate soil solarization as a weed management technique By Carol Mallory-Smith, Jennifer Parke and Nami Wada In 2017, nursery and greenhouse producers added $947.7 million to Oregon’s economy, according to the Oregon Department of Agriculture. And for this very valuable Oregon industry, and all agricultural systems, weeds are a major issue impacting […]
Since the Foundation was established in 1960, their support of floriculture research has totaled $6.75 million. Keeping Frederick Carl Gloeckner’s direction and vision in focus, the Board of Directors met on June 2 to review proposals submitted from many highly qualified researchers from more than 20 colleges and universities in the United States. Covering a […]
Researchers look at four common compounds used in commercial organic fungicides to fight this fungal disease that affects a wide range of plants.
The May 2017 issue of Digger looks at three of the major issues facing the horticulture industry’s future.
Researchers look to control weeds in greenhouse propagation systems with steam and hot water
Oregon Department of Agriculture (ODA) is now accepting concept proposals for project ideas as part of the U.S. Department of Agriculture’s Specialty Crop Block Grant Program for 2015. Approximately $1.5 million is expected to be available to agriculture industry associations, producer groups, processors, commodity commissions, non-profits, for profits, and local government agencies in Oregon. Concept proposals must be submitted by noon on […]
Agrobacterium tumefaciens creates cancer-like galls on the roots of plants such as Gaillardia. (Photo by OSU Plant Clinic) Oregon State University announced plans to use a $3 million grant to study two groups of bacteria that result in millions of dollars in losses annually to the nation’s nursery industry. According to a press release, OSU researchers […]
A team of researchers is developing a Smart Sprayer, which will be demonstrated at 10 a.m. Thursday, Aug. 14 at Hans Nelson and Sons Nursery, 31020 S.E. Waybill Road, Boring, Oregon. The sprayer, which is still being tested, uses a laser to detect the height, width and volume of the plants in a row. With […]
Is the phrase “smarter than a potted plant” an insult? Not necessarily. Researchers at the Helmholtz Center for Environmental Research (UFZ) and the University of Göttingen, both in Germany, have concluded that plants can evaluate risks, consider changing circumstances and make complex decisions. They reached this conclusion after studying barberry shrubs that were aborting their […]
Crape myrtles have been slow to catch on in the Pacific Northwest for a variety of reasons. They’re thought to be unsuitable for our wet climate, and not cold hardy enough to survive here. But that’s not true, according to garden writer Kim Pokorny. Her cover story in the fresh-off-the-press February issue of Digger gives […]