GRASSLAND BLOG

Breaking the Columbia Root Knot Nematode life cycle with Carwoodi Oil Seed Radish

Wednesday, August 29, 2018

Columbia Root Knot Nematodes (CRKN) are a pest of the Washington, Oregon, Idaho and the San Louis Valley in Colorado potato crop. It can reduce yield and quality, causing economic loss to the grower. Damage to potatoes appears as rough, warty patches on the outside of the tuber, with golden-brown spots in the potato's flesh from the dead females and their egg masses. These brown spots darken when the potato is fried, making the damage appear even more serious. In addition to damage on the potato tubers, above ground foliage may become stunted, wilted or turn yellow as the root system is destroyed causing a reduction in yields.  Read More

Cover Crop Matrix

Thursday, July 19, 2018

On April 16, 2018 I prepped an area for my Spring Cover Crop Matrix. This would be a block consisting of 6’ x 6’ plots of Mustard, Purple Top Turnips, German Millet, Daikon Radish, Buckwheat, Phacelia, Frosty Berseem Clover, Survivor Winter Peas, Spring Oats and Sun Hemp. Seeding rates were as follows: Read More

Frosty Berseem Clover: Everything you wanted to know about using it in a grass on grass crop rotation but were too afraid to ask.

Wednesday, February 07, 2018
  1. When it comes to trying something new on the farm it’s not uncommon for hay producers to stick with what has worked for them in the past. That can be understandable given the demand from the hay buyers to be consistent for quality hay, especially to the dairy producers. A new option for better hay is cold-tolerant Frosty berseem clover. Frosty has been shown to increase yields up to 20%, increase protein by 12%, RFV by 11% and profits by up to 25%.
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Super Silage with FIXatioN Clover

Friday, September 22, 2017

Don and I went to visit a local farmer who was chopping FIXatioN silage last night… 
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​Oregon Vineyard Cover Cropping

Monday, September 11, 2017

As the 2017 harvest year comes to a close, I thought I would share with you some of the data that I’ve gathered on a cover crop trial that we’ve been conducting in a vineyard south of Silverton. This replicated trial has been very informative.
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