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  • Though there are many upcoming events, we are currently busy with harvest and collecting field data. Stay tuned!

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  • Details matter in modeling carbon sequestration and cropping systems (Story Link). Hero Gollany's work is featured in the July 2014 issue of Agricultural Research magazine.

  • Stewart Wuest explains how he is measuring the influence of soil cover on retention of soil water to PWA Associate Director, Maureen Whalen, during her visit to Pendleton on July 15, 2014.

    John Williams and Kate Reardon initiated a 4 year field study on the effects of oilseed crops on water infiltration. Wheat plots were sprayed out and planted to canola.

  • Dan Long and his field crew are getting ready for the harvest of several hundred plots of wheat, barley, triticale, canola, camelina, and other dryland crops. Summer conditions are currently hot and dry- ideal for crop ripening and harvesting.

  • John Sulik, Mandy Wuest, and Aron Boettcher obtaining measurements of crop canopy temperature in experimental plots of various spring oilseed crops. These temperature readings are used to determine which varieties perform best under hot, dry conditions in eastern Oregon.

    Roguing weeds to give spring oilseed in the Stress Trial plots a fighting chance. John McCallum and Mandy Wuest, left, and Mandy Wuest and Hayley Peter-Contesse, right, shown by a pile of hand-weeded Russian Thistle.

  • Stewart Wuest and John Williams measured yields at an on-farm test where they are working with the farmer to eliminate soil erosion and maximize no-till wheat yields in a 10-inch rainfall zone.

  • Winter oilseed that had been seeded on June 28 with the deep furrow McGregor drill has emerged from the soil and is establishing in a field experiment at an off-station site west of Pendleton. Photo taken July 03, 2014.

    Richard Greenwalt was awarded a wooden plaque recognizing his 30 years of service as an ARS employee.

  • Hero Gollany's research compares crop yield and soil carbon content in three tillage systems (conventional moldboard plow, sweep, and direct seeding or no-till).

  • Steve Umbarger performs sweep tillage during the fallow phase in GRACEnet wheat-fallow rotation plots, June 17, 2014.

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    Preview screenshot of weather webpage.
    Dave Robertson has developed a website that provides information for employees and local producers. Links to the CPCRC weather station and National Weather Service provide current weather conditions, crop year summaries, and forecasts; information that is useful to employees and producers for planning herbicide applications and other farm operations. Links lead to crop growth models developed by ARS employees collaborating with Oregon State University faculty, that producers can use to track crop development and identify problems in the field as they develop. The weather links and a link to Oregon Department of Transportation provide employees commute information, which is especially helpful during winter months. The website is cooperatively hosted by the Oregon State University Extension Service, and can be found at:

  • Stewart Wuest’s technicians are installing over 60 small weighing lysimeters in the field to measure the effect of different soil surface conditions on evaporation from fallow. This device has proven to be very sensitive to differences in surface residue and depth of tilled soil mulches.

  • Stewart Wuest installing new Decagon probes into the furrows.
    Stewart Wuest installing new Decagon probes into the furrows created by the McGregor drill so that levels in soil moisture can be accurately monitored during oilseed germination. June 28, 2014.

  • Dan Long and his team continue to acquire crop measurements that will be used to determine the suitability of certain oilseeds for the low rainfall areas of the PNW. They are preparing for harvest now that oilseed crops have finished flowering and are pod filling.

  • Dan Long and his team established a field experiment with four winter oilseed species using the new McGregor deep furrow drill. Earlier, Steve Umbarger had added a spinner-divider to the drill for precision seeding of small plots.

  • Mandy Wuest and Steve Umbarger confer about experimental protocols
    Mandy Wuest and Steve Umbarger confer about experimental protocols before seeding a winter oilseed study with the McGregor deep furrow drill. June 28, 2014.

    Wayne Polumsky collects flag leaves from GRACEnet plots for nutrient analysis
    Hero Gollany monitors wheat flag leaves’ nitrogen content. Wayne Polumsky, above, collects flag leaves from GRACEnet plots for nutrient analysis, June 17, 2014.

  • Kate Reardon is collaborating with WSU Professor Tarah Sullivan to determine the carbon-cycling activity of soil microbes under dryland organic and conventional management systems.

  • John Sulik helped a local wheat producer from Milton-Freewater, Oregon set up his fixed wing, unmanned aerial system for recording aerial imagery of his farm.
  • John Sulik instructing a local farmer how to remotely control his fixed wing, unmanned aerial system.
    John Sulik instructing a local farmer how to remotely control his fixed wing, unmanned aerial system.

    John Sulik shown with the Cinestar Octocopter unmanned aerial system.
    John Sulik mounted three different imaging sensors to the Cinestar Octocopter unmanned aerial system. Canon Powershot and FLIR Thermal cameras were added to complement the original 6-band multispectral sensor.

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Tractor in field

Last Modified: 7/17/2014
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