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

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  • Dr. Marlen Eve, National Program Leader, from Beltsville, MD will visit during November 16-17.

  • The Liaison Committee of the Pendleton Agricultural Research Center will meet to discuss important emerging issues and priorities for future research (ARS conference room, Nov. 16, 9:45 am to 1 pm).

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First Wednesday Lunchtime Seminar

    The next First Wednesday Seminar will be November 2nd, 12:05 pm. Come join us!

    Presenter: Judit Barroso, OSU CBARC Weed Scientist

    Title: Glyphosate-resistant Russian thistle, and what this means for weed control after harvest and in fallow.

    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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  • Dr. Hero Gollany, Soil Scientist, USDA-Agricultural Research Service, Pacific West Area, Soil and Water Conservation Research Unit, was selected by the American Society of Agronomy (ASA), as a 2016 ASA Fellow Award recipient. Dr. Gollany will be recognized during the ASA 2016 Annual Meeting in Phoenix, Arizona on November 8, 2016.

  • August 3, 206 location employees participated in a pie contest to kickoff an Employee Club meeting. Many delicious pies were made and entered into the contest, and even more people came to judge. Lilly Williams, ARS volunteer, won the contest and won a custom etched pie plate inscribed with "I ate some pie and it was delicious!" with a blueberry cheesecake pie. At the Employee Club meeting new member roles were assigned and the ARS/OSU annual summer picnic was discussed.

    Harvest is always hot and busy, and more often than not will throw you a curveball one way or another. Harvest of some onsite plots was just beginning when Jeff Fite, Purchasing Agent, observed out the window that the combine had a flat tire. To interject a little fun into the chaos a photo caption contest followed these events. A photo was taken and shared with all employees who could submit a caption, which were all then shared for voting. Tami Johlke, Biological Science Technician, submitted the winning caption, showcased below.

    "Here Steve, let me do the heavy work for you!”

    Stewart and Bekah pulled large cores from a low-rainfall research site and placed them in a lysimeter study at the research station. Some of the cores were placed directly into plastic buckets, which will be placed in liners in the ground and weighed weekly to follow evaporation and capture of rainfall. One of the lysimeters was repacked with water potential sensors placed at several depths (photo) to monitor the movement of water. The lysimeter setup allows us to follow gain and loss of soil water in different soil types and under different surface residue amounts and tillage treatments. July 13, 2016.

    Dave Robertson and Caroline Melle collecting winter wheat bundle harvest samples from crop rotation research plots at the Columbia Plateau Conservation Research Center. July 11, 2016.

    Hero Gollany is monitoring soil carbon and nitrogen changes in six cropping systems in the GRACEnet, long-term no-till and conventional tillage experiments. Wayne Polumsky is taking the photo while Steve Umbarger is sweep tilling the fallow phase of winter wheat-fallow rotation in the GRACEnet plots. July 11, 2016.

    Each year, the ARS owned Case IH combine is taken off-station to harvest a few farmer-owned fields. The combine is equipped with GPS receivers, a yield monitor, and two optical sensors for measuring grain protein. Observers ride outside the combine to monitor the instruments. On July 6, yield and protein were mapped within a 40-ac winter wheat field near Pendleton. One of the optical sensors is sensitive to chlorophyll particles from green weedy material in the grain stream. This information is being applied into mapping infestations of Russian thistle, kochia, and other weeds that mature well after wheat is harvested.

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Tractor in field

Last Modified: 10/18/2016
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