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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.
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.
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.
Steve Umbarger performs sweep tillage during the fallow phase in GRACEnet wheat-fallow rotation plots, June 17, 2014.
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: http://oregonstate.edu/cpcrc/webcam.htm
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.
Mandy Wuest and Steve Umbarger confer about experimental protocols before seeding a winter oilseed study with the McGregor deep furrow drill. June 28, 2014.
Hero Gollany monitors wheat flag leaves’ nitrogen content. Wayne Polumsky, above, collects flag leaves from GRACEnet plots for nutrient analysis, June 17, 2014.
John Sulik instructing a local farmer how to remotely control his fixed wing, 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.