Puma Section 18 Label Approved

Tanner Sheahan

We've received word from Bayer Crop Science that the Section 18 label for Puma on certain grasses grown for seed has been approved again this year.  The label is effective from February 12th through September 20th, 2010.

Puma is an herbicide used to control specific grassy weeds in specific grass seed crops.  There are some particular specifications in using this herbicide to maximize efficacy and minimize potential injury so talk to your CPS fieldman about the details on this chemical tool.

Fred has paper copies of this Sec18 label in the Chem Room to hand out with product purchases.  Be sure to have this specific label on hand during all applications covered by the Sec18.

Click here to follow this label on the ODA website.

Palisade Research on Wheat

Tanner Sheahan

Joe Cacka, the Cascade/Columbia Division Senior Agronomist is conducting research to back a Section 18 Emergency Exemption label for the growth regulator Palisade on wheat in Oregon.

Palisade is NOT currently labeled for use on wheat in Oregon.  In the research data collected for this project, Palisade has proven to be a very useful tool in reducing the chance of lodging on small grains without detrimental effects of grain yield.  Lodged grain crops are very expensive in that it results in a tremendous loss of both time and revenue for growers.  Combine speed at harvest is often only 10% of normal and loss of grain out the back of the machine is greatly increased.

Syngenta and CPS are backing the research financially with Joe Cacka placing his official seal on the research being conducted now.  Syngenta has been working hard in talks with ODA to provide all the paperwork and research data needed to get this emergency exemption label approved.

Click here to check up on this label at the ODA website.

The Loveland Connection

Who Is Loveland Products Inc. (LPI)?

LPI is a manufacturing based company embedded into Crop Production Services to provide an exclusive, branded, line of products solely to Crop Production Services.  

Loveland Products Inc. offers a complete line of high performance input products.  Our portfolio of seed treatment, plant nutrition, fertilizer, adjuvant and crop protection products are second to none.  We are consistently striving to bring new, unique chemistries to the marketplace to provide innovative solutions to problems across the agricultural industry.  One clear strength with LPI is our ability move quickly in pursuing chemical labels.  Many of you are already benefitting from the Special Local Needs (24c) and Section18 labels we have acquired for the crops in this specialty market.   

The combination of high performance, premium quality products, and the knowledge and service of the Crop Production Services team, makes Loveland Products a great value for any operation.  In a market where generic brands are increasingly prevalent, LPI has focused on adding value, technology, and efficacy to the products we offer in addition to competitive pricing.

Contact a member of your local Crop Production Services team to learn more about the LPI product line.

CPS Technology Today

Jammie Wutzke is the CPS Division Precision Ag Specialist.  She works with all of the Cascade/Columbia Division branch locations as a liaison with the technology companies and organizations, the CPS fieldmen and our customers.  Jammie will be making periodic contributions to the Tangent Blog whenever she comes across something interesting.  Thanks Jammie.

Jammie Wutzke
CPS, Division

Last Thursday OSU’s North Willamette Research and Extension Center hosted a meeting on Technology and Innovative Solutions for Agriculture.

The main goals of the workshop are to make participants aware of:
  1. How the Washington Tree Fruit Research Commission efforts are leading the way for technology advancements in Washington State.
  2. The vision of the College of Agriculture Sciences for technology and innovations
  3. The engineering capacity at OSU to solve agricultural problems.
  4. The needs of the agricultural industries in regard to technological and innovative solutions.
  5. How OSU can best meet the needs of those industries.
The speakers included:
  • Dr. Sonny Ramaswamy, Dean of the College of Agricultural Sciences and Director of Branch Experiment Stations; 
  • Dr Jim McFerson, Director of Washington Tree Fruit Research Commission; 
  • Dr Belinda Batten, School Head & Professor, Dynamics and Control, College of Engineering; 
  • Mary Cook Swanson of  Swanson Partners LLC lead the strategic Planning Session; 
  • Clark Seavert, Superintendent, Staff Chair and Professor, OSU-NWREC lead the technology breakout session. 

The purpose of the meeting was to determine if partnerships could be made with NWREC, College of Engineering, the private sector, and our Washington State neighbors.  There seems to be interest in developing an OSU Technology Center where the public and private sectors work together to offer technological solutions for agriculture.  If you are interested in learning more there will be PNW Engineering Solutions for Specialty Crops workshop to be held at the end of July in Washington State.  Dates are not yet established but I will pass them along when they are set. 

In the mean time if you are sitting on an idea and need help in getting it launched,  Clark Seavert may be able to lead you to the right resource at OSU.  Have a talk with your CPS fieldman about who to talk to and how to get in contact with those involved in this project.

I’m looking forward to what new technologies and graduates will “spin out” of this future program.

Spring Busy Season

Fred Wutzke

The spring busy season is right around the corner and many of you are already starting to haul a little fertilizer.  Our shop guys have tried to make it around to all the equipment (power bins, water tanks, etc) that may be at your farm to service the Honda motors and generally make sure everything is in good order.  If you haven't seen a shop guy poking around you might give us a call.  We try to get to everything long before the big push but we may have missed something.  Here's to a great spring season!

Warehouse Fumigation

Ira Zipperer

Chloropicrin is no longer labeled for fumigation of seed warehouses.  We, at the Tangent branch  of CPS, have been researching alternatives.

Phosphine products, such as EcoFume, Fumitoxin and Gastoxin, are very corrosive to electronics and many metals so these products are not an option around any electrical devices (motors, scales, computers, etc).  The tablet forms can take as long as ten days to complete a fumigation.

Profume seems to be our best alternative.  This product requires some expensive equipment for injection and monitoring which will be a capital investment on our end.  Also, it requires thorough sealing of the warehouse buildings prior to treatment which will be an investment of time on your end.  This product requires a longer monitoring time than chloropicrin and the buildings must then be aerated and chemical levels monitored by the licensed fumigator before workers can reenter.

The benefits to Profume are a much more thorough job of fumigating and a much safer product overall.

It will take some experience on our part to learn the amount of product needed and the exposure time required for each warehouse.  These factorscould change with different weather conditions.

There is definitely a learning curve here but you can count on us to bring you the best options available.  We plan to host a meeting for all interested parties when we know a little more about it all.  Stay tuned!

George Taylor and the Ag Appreciation Breakfast

Tanner Sheahan

George Taylor gave a great presentation this morning focusing on the facts and the data surrounding the international debate over "human-caused climate change."  George Taylor was the Oregon State climatologist for many years but his popularity with the powers-that-be faded as he continued to develop his opposition stance on human-caused global warming.
It was a great talk and a great breakfast.  A big thanks to the Albany Area Chamber of Commerce for putting this Ag Appreciation breakfast together every year and to Burton's Catering for the fantastic grub.

If we find out about another speaking engagement for George Taylor we'll let you know, it's worth the time.

Petiole Sampling in Christmas Trees

Tanner Sheahan

This is the post-harvest time for Oregon Christmas tree producers and the best time for both soil sampling and petiole testing.

The ideal timing for petiole sampling Christmas trees in Oregon is right around the corner during the third week of February.  This sampling time was recently established through research work conducted by a host of researchers at Oregon State University including John Hart, Chal Landgren, Rick Fletcher, Mike Bondi, Brad Withrow, and Gary Chastagner of WSU.  Their publication, Christmas Tree Nutrient Management Guide (EM8856), was finalized and published in September of 2009 so this is very new information hot off the presses.  EM8856 is a complete guide to nutrient level targets in the soil and how to interpret tissue nutrient levels as well as summarizing much of the research conducted in Christmas trees over the years.

Christmas tree ground often has a great deal of variability.  From steep, rocky terrain, to rolling hills, to flat and sometimes wet, Christmas trees are grown everywhere in this state.  With this lack of uniformity, Christmas tree ground is a prime candidate for grid sampling.  We can adjust the grid size for smaller blocks so that we capture all the diversity of the landscape in a nice georeferenced and color coded map for each nutrient in the soil sample.  You really can't change the physical variation in your field, but using this technology you can address the nutritional variation. 

Here are a few more resource articles for your information:
Growing Christmas Trees in the PNW, 2003, OSU, UoID, WSU
Christmas Tree Producer Resources, OSU College of Forestry
Christmas Trees, OSU, Washington County Extension Service

Take some time to talk with your CPS fieldman about Christmas tree nutrient management now.

Oregon Clover Growers Annual Meeting

Ira Zipperer

The following is a summary of information I gleaned from the Oregon Clover Commission meeting in McMinnville last Friday, February 5th:

End-Use Trends:
  • Corn growers are very interested in cover crops but only to the extent they are covered by subsidies.  Tier three crop subsidies include payments for use of cover crops.
  • Annual ryegrass (20 lb./ac.) and crimson clover (10 lb./ac.) is currently the most popular cover.  Seed is flown on the standing crop in late August.  This combination produces up to 60 lb. N /ac.for succeeding crop.
  • Clover/radish combinations are becoming more popular.  The clover produces N which is captured by the radish and stored for the succeeding crop.
  • Vetch is popular in wet years because it consumes as much as 1 inch of moisture per day which speeds planting.
  • Perennial clovers are not as desirable because they are too slow to establish.

Ag. chemicals for clover use:
  • Paraquat is being submitted for clover burndown.
  • Movento proposed for 24-c label for root weevil control.
  • Approval for updates to the feeding restrictions on the Goal 24c clover label have been suspended until further notice.  The original Goal 24c for clover is still in effect.
  • Goose repellent material has been withdrawn pending further study.
  • Metaldehyde label is being rewritten and may not include clover.
  • Acetaminprid (Assail), which is very safe on bees but very effective on aphids, needs two more field trials in 2010 before registration.

Growing Degree Days

Jason Bennett

Just wanted to let everyone know how many more Growing Degrees Days (GDD) we have had this year than in the past, as of February 2nd.


Here is the website if you want to follow the GDD's through the Spring Growing Degree Day Calculator.

Warmer Than Usual, Good For Take-All, Bad for Grower

Jason Bennett

The month of January will go down as one of the warmest ones we've seen in the last 5 years.  It was awful nice to have some warm weather for the crops that were struggling after coming through the very cold December.  The warm weather is nice but it can bring on problems, one of the big ones this year is Take-All in Wheat.

Here is a brief description of Take-all from this Publication, Take-all in Winter Wheat
Take-all disease of wheat is caused by the soil-borne fungus Gaeumannomyces graminis var. tritici (Ggt), which infects the roots, crown, and basal stem of plants. Take-all is common in western Oregon whenever consecutive crops of wheat are grown. Grain yield may be reduced by as much as 50 percent in second or third crops of winter wheat.

 This publication has a lot of good information, it talks about the best way to manage Take-all if you have 2nd or 3rd year wheat on wheat.

Meadowfoam Fly

Jason Bennett

The Meadow Foam Fly (Scaptomyza Fly) is beginning to show up in the Southern part of the Willamette Valley.  You may have noticed the yellow sticky traps out in some the Meadow Foam fields. 

Typically we don't see treatable numbers until after February 15th.  But with the warmer than normal temperatures that we are seeing so far this year we are starting to get some fields very close to treatable levels for the Fly.  Here is link that talks about the research that was done on the Scaptomyza Fly 10years ago using Bifenthrin (Brigade),Control of Scaptomyza Fly in Meadow Foam with Bifenthrin. 
Make sure and talk to your fieldman about just when you should spray your Meadow Foam fields.

Hyslop Farm Research Plot Tour

Tanner Sheahan

Tuesday afternoon was a nice, wet, typically-Oregon, winter day.  It was also the day we toured Hyslop Farm with the OSU research team.  Several of the fieldmen from other CPS locations in the Valley joined the Tangent crew to look at several research trials.  Dan Curtis and Barbara Hinds-Cook guided us through the plots. 

The highlight of the tour was the multi-species screening trial organized by Dan and Barbara.   A lot of work goes into this particular trial and there is always something new to learn every year.  We will be walking through this trial again later in the year to get an idea of how these treatments hold up through the Spring.  Take some time to talk to your CPS fieldman about what we saw in this trial this year.

We also looked at more research being conducted on winter wheat with all the different chemistries that are now available as well as OSU's work on Eptam in carbon plantings, Huskie for broadleaf control, and several products for rattail fescue control in wheat.

We learn a lot in these trials and we give a big thanks to Dan Curtis and Barbara Hinds-Cook for their work in designing the trials and making all the applications.  Also a thanks to Andy Hulting and Carol Mallory-Smith for their work in the Extension and Weed Science Departments and for joining us in the rain to review these trials.

Weed Control in Winter Wheat

Pat Boren

It is that time of year again: time to give special attention to the developing weed problems in winter wheat.  Your fieldman will be conjuring up a weed control program for your winter wheat taking into account the two major areas of concern: grass and broadleaf weed control.  The good news is that there are many options so a program can be tailored for specific weed situations.
  • Grass control herbicides:  Hoelon, Osprey, Powerflex, Maverick, Axial, Everest, Axial TBC.
The main feature of all these herbicides is their control of Annual Ryegrass and Wild Oats.  Each chemical has its strengths and weaknesses in regards to soil residual, Annual Bluegrass and Brome control.  Some of the grass herbicides also have some broadleaf activity and some may be mixed with broadleaf herbicides.
  • Broadleaf Control Herbicides: MCPA, Banvel, Widematch, Aim, Harmony, Hat Trick, Express, Finesse, and Huskie.
Hat Trick is a new herbicide that contains three active ingredients that results very broad spectrum weed control.  Prickly Lettuce is a weed that is becoming more common and can be a problem in winter wheat even causing issues at harvest.  Bedstraw is also a troublesome weed that shows up in wheat.

Your weed control program needs to be developed based on the weed spectrum,and  the stage of growth of both the crop and the weeds.  Your CPS fieldman will be working with you to figure out the best program for your farm.

CPS Technology Today

Bob Schroeder

“There are no miracles in agricultural production” Norman Borlaug Father of the Green

Where have you settled on the adoption of technology in your operation?  With so many new pieces of technology to choose from where does one start?  A common theme among the field staff at CPS in Tangent has been that the technology is great where is has a fit in a growers operation, but it also must be relevant and adaptable at the speed of business.  In other words, it better not slow down the operation.  For several seasons we have looked at many pieces of technology for use in the planning, planting, growing and harvesting of crops.  Yield monitors to identify variability in fields and compare treatments, satellite and aerial imagery for building prescription maps, soil mapping and soil sampling, variable rate applications, and automatic steering and guidance for farm implements, just to name a few.  Each operation and individual has their own preferences for the tools that help them manage and operate their organizations. 

Though we are already into the season for many of our established crops, the new year is a good time to take a look at your operation and see if there are any tools available that you can be using in your management, planning, and field applications. 

Variable rate applications for lime and fertilizers – Using grid sample mapping, soil ec mapping, or yield maps to build prescription maps for your spring applications. Start your soil sampling with one field per year, do an intensive sampling program and build from there. 

Field mapping – Build your farm maps and crop plan with basic boundary maps, soils maps, and other layers and feature maps. 

Aerial imagery – Begin to think about fields that you might want to consider an aerial image of in the months of March or April for variable rate applications of nutrients, growth regulators or fungicides.

Steering and Guidance – Explore the opportunities available for automatic tractor or sprayer steering, guidance systems, and automatic boom shutoff control. 

Yield mapping – Look into adding a yield monitor to one of your combines so you can map the variability that exists in your fields and improve management decisions and strategies with the crops you produce. 

These are not miracles, but rather tools that you can consider for your operation in the seasons ahead.  Your CPS field man is a resource there to help you see if some of these tools have a place in helping you to be more efficient and more productive in your operation.

Sales Manager Changes for the Tangent Branch

Curt Dannen
Branch Mgr. CPS

In 2009 we began a transisition of responsibilites in our Sales Manager position. After 22 years of service in the management side of CPS, Pat Boren has decided to shift his focus 100% of the time to sales and consulting for the Tangent Branch. Josh Nelson has been promoted to Sales Manager. In 2010 Josh's duties will now be split between sales/consulting and the management side of our business. We have worked out this transisiton process, so that you, our customer, should experience little, or no change in your fieldman's service.

I would also like to take this opportunity to offer a sincere thanks to Pat, for his many years of service in managing our sales group. We have all benefited from Pat's positive influence and commitment to the success of our customers and to the Company. Pat has assured us, he will continue to be serving the needs of our customers for years to come.