Fall Wheat Meeting: September 14

OSU is holding their annual wheat meeting this fall at the Linn County Fair and Expo Center.  The meeting will take place September 14th beginning at 1:15PM.  The OSU wheat specialists in varieties, weeds, and diseases will be present from both the University and Extension.  Wheat has been a significant crop for us here in the Willamette Valley for the last few years and Will likely be around for a while.  There's no registration required so feel free to show up.

Report Recommends Against LightSquared MSS Terrestrial Planned Deployment

Tanner Sheahan
CPS Tangent

Many of you probably read the article in the Capital Press a couple weeks ago that highlighted this issue. I thought this article would be of interest. The "report" link in the article below takes you to the 192 page report by National Space-Based Positioning, Navigation, and Timing Systems Engineering Forum (NPEF).

While I understand the need for our GPS signals in the ag community, I also agree with the last statement in this article; better broadband service in rural America would be a great thing. While it is possible that this ends up being a rough transition, this technology could also bring a lot of possibilities to the rural community as well. Let's hope they work out a way forward that doesn't disrupt our GPS signals.

The public comment period is open until July 30th and can be accessed via the web here.

This page on the NPEF website also has some good description and links on this issue.

Report recommends against LightSquared MSS terrestrial planned deployment
Phil Kurtz
A new report prepared by the National Space-Based Positioning, Navigation and Timing Systems Engineering Forum concludes that the planned deployment of a satellite and terrestrially based national broadband service by LightSquared “poses a significant potential for harmful interference” to Global Positioning System (GPS) services.

The report, “Assessment of LightSquared Terrestrial Broadband System Effects on GPS Receivers and GPS-Dependent Applications,” was submitted to FCC Chairman Julius Genachowski July 6 by the Commerce Department’s National Telecommunications and Information Administration.

It recommends LightSquared should not begin service as planned for terrestrial operation in the 1525MHz to 1559MHz Mobile-Satellite Service (MSS) band due to harmful interference to GPS operations. According to the report, tests have shown there to be “significant detrimental impacts to all GPS application” looked at for the report.
The report also calls on the government to conduct more thorough studies on “the operational, economic and safety impacts” of operating the company’s network. These studies should look at the compatibility of ATC (Ancillary Terrestrial Components) architectures in the MSS L Band with GPS applications.

Various approaches to mitigating harmful interference for LightSquared’s nationwide broadband service were considered. According to the report, two involving frequency separation were the most promising for GPS users. Relocation of LightSquared’s terrestrial operations to another band offered “the greatest long-term benefit to the GPS community,” the report said.
Limiting LightSquared transmissions to the lower 5MHz or 10 MHz channel of its planned deployment would offer protection for a limited number of GPS applications, but “other applications would still be susceptible to interference,” it said.
The day after the report was submitted to the FCC, LightSquared announced a new initiative to bring wireless broadband to rural America and the establishment of an advisory board, including former U.S. Senator Byron Dorgan (ND) and former Reps. George Nethercutt (WA) and Charlie Stenholm (TX).
A press statement announcing the moves quotes Nethercutt as saying giving farmers “accurate GPS signals and advanced wireless and broadband services … shouldn’t be mutually exclusive.”

Swathing Timing

Tanner Sheahan
CPS Tangent

Most of you have seen this chart show up the Extension Update.  I thought I'd post it up as a reminder.

Grower Appreciation BBQ

CPS Tangent

Just a reminder of the BBQ this Friday June 17th at Tangent Elementary School from 6-8PM.

The fieldman enjoy cooking the meat

The kids will enjoy the candy/coin find.

And the Parents will enjoy watching the kids in the pie eating contest.
Hope to see you all there.

Filbert Moths

Cameren Moran
CPS Tangent

Its that time of the year again to be putting up the traps to monitor for Filbert moths. For those of you that are not filbert growers here is a little info.

Filbert Moths are a great indicator for spraying filbert orchards in order to get rid of the chance of filbert worm. We place a trap in the upper 1/3 of the canopy on the outer edge of the orchard which have a pheromone lure placed inside. The traps are checked once a week throughout the season and are usually  removed before harvest.
When moth counts get to 2-3 moths in a trap we often recommend spraying an insecticide to control the moths from laying eggs.

 Below is the Filbert Moth

The reason this is such a large deal is because of the larval feeding on the nut. The larvae will bore into the husk and shell and feed on the nut for about 2 week. They will then chew an exit hole and the larvae will drop to the soil. This damage will cause the nut to abort early and can be a vector for other pests.

Filbert worm coming out of nut


Above are filberts that have received damage

I hope this has provided a little information to those of you who didnt know much on these little varmints. Be sure to ask your CPS field man if you have any other questions regarding the subject.

Be Sure to Protect Your Nuts!

CPS Plot Tour - June 2nd

Tanner Sheahan
CPS Tangent

Last year many of you came to our wheat variety, fungicide, and growth regulator trials off of Hwy 34.
2010 Wheat Plot Tour
We are going to host the same type of plot tour this coming Thursday, June 2nd at 3:30PM.

We have several different wheat varieties as well as growth regulator and fungicide plots.  We will also go over some of the details of wheat storage and stored gain pests.  I'm pretty sure we'll have some refreshments of some kind as well.

Talk with your CPS fieldman about the plot tour and we'll see ya there!

Rusty Wheat?

Cameren Moran
CPS Tangent

  I believe that everyone has seen rust in wheat around the valley so it isn't an uncommon subject. But i have some information some might find interesting.

    Pat Boren and myself planted a variety trial this year similar to what some of you got to tour last year. We noticed some rust early on and i did a thorough evaluation of the varieties in February. We planted 7 different varieties of wheat on October 10th. and did an early rust evaluation on Feb. 8th. I found rust in 6 of the varieties.

   Joe Cacka, and Paolo Sanguankeo CPS agronomists did another evaluation on May, 9 to see how the plants and rust is developing. The plots where sprayed on March, 17th with a shot of fungicide so we had over 7 weeks for rust to develop out of the fungicide and the evaluation was of the 2nd leaf from the newly extended leaf (flag leaf hadnt completely emerged.) Here are the results...

  As you can see there is a lot of rust which is obvious around the valley. I thought these were good graphs to look at for everyone in order to compare varieties.

Ask your local CPS team if you have any questions.

Reminder OSU Hyslop Field Day Wednesday, May 25

Joe Moade
CPS Tangent

Hyslop Field Day

Wednesday, May 25, 2011 8:00 AM - 4:00 PM

Lunch Provided by the OSU Crops Club

Location: Hyslop Farm
City: Corvallis
State: OR
Cost: Free
Contact: Mike Flowers or Andy Hulting
Contact Phone: 541-737-9940 or 541-737-5098
Contact Email: andrew.hulting at oregonstate.edu
Contact Department: Crop and Soil Science

Variable Rate Fertilizer Application

Bob Schroeder
CPS Tangent

got variability?

For over a decade, CPS in Tangent has been soil sampling and addressing the variability in the many soil types here in the Willamette Valley.  Variable rate lime applications have become a standard for many growers.  For some, with the increasing costs of fertilizer, and the ability to variable rate apply other nutrients there has been increased interest and application of the major nutrients.  New to CPS and the growers we serve, Lakeside Ag Ventures, LLC of Albany has begun offering variable rate applications with their new Dave Gilmour built dual bin dry applicator.  Veteran applicator Dave Nofziger captains the spreader with GPS guidance offering straight rate and variable rate applications to Willamette Valley growers.  If this is a service you are interested in, contact your CPS crop advisor to schedule your soil sampling needs, whether they be grid samples, zone samples, or smart samples and arrange for Dave Nofziger to complete the job.