Thursday, October 28, 2010

Social media: A Fad or the Future?

Social media like Facebook, Blogs, YouTube, Twitter....are quickly becoming more than a place to hangout, chat with friends and family and see the latest music video. For example with the introduction of "groups" on Facebook there is the opportunity to create engaging educational and informative conversations with others who share your interests or profession.
  • Engaging clientele - social media tools are fun and interactive
    • No longer need to be a techie to build a webpage with Web 2.0
  • Clientele already use the web - social media gives new methods for sharing research and information:
    • Blogs useful for posting new diseases, insects or pest outbreaks
    • RSS Feeds can be used to recieve a steady stream of information on markets
    • Twitter can quickly disseminate and call people to action
  •  Not going away but is increasing - it is not a fad, add your voice, create a presence. 
Know that the only constant is change and using web based tools will insure that change will happen faster than ever. Fifteen years ago, I didn't even have an email account. Four years I joined Facebook to keep in touch with my younger friends. Now I can create a photo web page and a blog  without knowing anything about html or programming!

Wednesday, October 20, 2010

Wheat marketing meeting, Oct. 21- TOMORROW

Darren Padget, OWGL President and Dan Steiner, Marketing Committee Co-Chair, have announced the Statewide Wheat Marketing Meeting will be held via Polycom Thursday, October 21st at 8:00 am pacific.

Special guest this month is Chris Mertz, Oregon Agri-statistician.

Should you have any questions, please contact the OWGL office at 541-276-7330 

Participating Sites:
  • OSU/Baker County Extension Service 541-523-6418,  2600 East St, Baker City, OR
  • OSU/Central OR Ag Research Center 541-475-7107,850 NW Dogwood Lane, Madras, OR
  • OSU Columbia County Extension Service – 503-397-3462,505 N Columbia River Hwy, St. Helens, OR
  • OSU/Gilliam County Extension Service Conference Room – 541-384-2271,333 South Main Street, Condon, OR
  • Gilliam County Grain Quality Lab Conference Room - 541-454-0227,Industrial Park, Arlington, OR
  • OSU/Klamath County Experiment Station 541-883-4590, 6941 Washburn Way, Klamath Falls, OR
  • OSU/Malheur County Extension Service – 541-881-1417, 710 SW 5th Ave., Ontario, OR
  • OSU/Marion County Extension Service – 503-373-3756,3180 Center St., NE, #1361, Salem, OR
  • OSU/Morrow County Extension Service Conference Room – 541-676-9642,54173 Hwy 74, Heppner, OR
  • Oregon Wheat Commission, Albers Mill Bldg 503-229-6665,1200 NW Naito Pkwy, Ste 370, Portland, OR
  • OSU/Sherman County Extension Service 541-565-3230,409 Hood St, Moro, OR
  • OSU/Umatilla County Extension Service 541-278-5403,Conference Rm. 100 A - Umatilla Hall, BMCC Campus, Pendleton, OR
  • OSU/Union County Extension Service - Agricultural Service Center – 541-963-1010,10507 N. McAlister Road, Room 9, La Grande, OR
  • OSU/Wallowa County Extension Service - 541-426-3143, 668 NW 1st, Enterprise, OR
  • OSU/Wasco County Extension Service - 541-296-5494,400 E Scenic Dr, Ste 2.278, The Dalles, OR
  • OSU/Washington County Extension Service 503-821-1127,18640 NW Walker Rd, #1400, Beaverton, OR 97128
Provided by the Oregon Wheat Growers League,
Oregon State University and Blue Mountain Community College

Thursday, September 23, 2010

CRP - Bringing CRP back into wheat production

Here is what the conversation would look like if we were blogging and adding comment to the blog....and if you all signed up as followers of the blog you can choose to be notified when someone has posted to the about we try it on this topic as there is a lot of help that we can offer each other, and this way to don't have to open 8 emails to follow the conversation:
Just my thought on it..

 Had two calls today from growers wanting to take out CRP, one to fall plant wheat in 2010 and the other to spring plant. Neither have yet touched their CRP. We discussed this at our Pendleton meeting, but don’t know that we came to any conclusions. Apparently the insurance people are telling them that for their first year crop to be covered they need to follow the advice of an “expert.” So fellow  experts, what ‘s your best advice?

Hi Sandy,
This is an interesting development.  In Gilliam County, an additional 5000 acres of cropland were bid into CRP.  I learned yesterday that all land bid into the program was accepted.  The rental rates were as high as $60 per acre.

USDA has rules regarding taking land out of CRP, although I'm not sure how prescriptive it is other than timelines.

Sandy et al.  My best advice, at the present time, is to eliminate or minimize tillage unless there is a significant amount of sheep fescue in the stand.  If sheep fescue is present in significant quantities (you be the judge), then some kind of undercutting operation will be necessary to sever the roots of sheep fescue and minimize (probably not eliminate) the presence of this plant (and possibly intermediate wheatgrass) in the subsequent wheat crop.  Clear as mud? Based only on my limited experience here.  Good luck. 


If you cut it off won't your drill be a rake when you plant through it?

Larry and all,
What type of chems are you using to reduce the amount of tillage? You mentioned 75 ounces of Round up wasn’t doing it but that Maverick may have some stoppage power on sheep fescue. How about Beyond? Or would a guy  be nuts to spend that much on a new crop establishment?

I am still hopeful that high rates of glyphosate, applied at the correct time (or times) would take care of the sheep fescue.  Just don’t  have any research (or first-hand experience) to back this up. 

One of the farmers I know used a combination of glyphosate applications (well before seeding time) and tillage to prepare his seedbed.

This same farmer applied Maverick herbicide in the fall (after seeding and according to label directions) on very limited acreage—because there were isolated spots of cheatgrass in his old CRP stand.   His observation was that this “added treatment” seemed to reduce sheep fescue contamination of his stand of wheat.