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Check back here often for more local event updates from USDA-ARS Pendleton, Oregon.

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  • OSU/ARS Field Day will be June 13, 2017.

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First Wednesday Lunchtime Seminar

    The next First Wednesday Seminar will be April 5th, 12:05 pm. Come join us!

    Dan Long, Kate Reardon, John Williams, and Judit Barroso will talk about the “Systems Trial”. This experiment is located near Echo and explores oilseeds and alternative crops like triticale in comparison to winter wheat fallow. The experiment is starting a second round of rotations. In recent decades precipitation averages 10.5 inches. This experiment will continue a few more years, so this is a perfect time to discuss what features of these rotations need to be explored in detail.

    Tell me more:
    Staff at the agricultural research station get together on a monthly basis to talk research findings, issues, ideas, and aspirations. We meet the first Wednesday of every month, from 12:05 to maybe 1pm, in the conference room, 48037 Tubbs Ranch Rd, Adams OR. It is informal, everyone is welcome, and you can leave whenever you need to.

    If you would like to receive e-mail correspondence about the First Wednesday Discussions, please e-mail Brenda Carlson (

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    Scientists from ARS visited their neighbors at the Department of Natural Resources on the Confederated Tribes at the Umatilla Indian Reservation. We had a chance to interact with CTUIR researchers, explore the myriad active projects, and gain a better understanding of the Department’s management approach for First Foods.

    For the First Wednesday Seminar series on Feb 1, 2017, Ann Klein presented a talk titled “Effects of land use change on soil microbial communities: lessons from methane-cycling organisms in the Amazon Basin.” The talk was attended by 18 staff and producers.

  • Donald Wysocki, Soil Scientist, presented a seminar on January 30, 2017, describing the geology that formed our farm soils, and the climate and conditions that control our soil properties today. In addition to 13 staff in attendance we had 8 farmers and agricultural professionals as guests.

  • Hero Gollany and Dan Long are collaborating on examining nitrogen use efficiency (NUE), and wheat grain protein content to figure out best nitrogen application rate and management for wheat production under dryland cropping system of inland Pacific Northwest. Hero is monitoring ammonia (NH3) and nitrous oxide (N2O) emission.

  • Alex Lasher collecting nitrous oxide (N2O) and carbon dioxide (CO2) gases from the soil in the nitrogen use efficiency (NUE) plots during snowfall.

    A chamber for collecting ammonia (NH3).

    Greenhouse gases and ammonia (NH3) collection chambers.

    Wayne Polumsky collecting the ammonia (NH3) from the chamber.

    Wayne Polumsky placing collected ammonia (NH3) in a cart to be transferred from the field to the lab for analysis.

    Steve Umbarger is shown seeding wheat and fertilizing the NUE plots.

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Tractor in field

Last Modified: 3/15/2017
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