Grower Meeting Drawing Results

Tanner Sheahan
CPS Tangent

And the winners are...

Congratulations to Dean Schrock and Ron Schmucker!

Thank you all for participating.

Follow up information from the Grower Meeting on Nov 27th

Jammie Wutzke
CPS Tangent

Here are the web links I mentioned in my presentation Does Precision Farming Pay? at the grower meeting on Tuesday.  The following are calculators that you can use to put in your variables particular to your operation and determine your estimate savings by adopting technology.  (Launch Calculator)  -(Tool/Calculators)

The is great if you are thinking about putting in a fixed base station for RTK correction signal, it figures in trees and ground contours and allows you to see what your line of site coverage would be.

If the Jeopardy Quiz sparked some additional questions about Worker Protection Standards feel free to contact our presenters Laurie Gordon with Oregon Dept of AG Pesticide User Certification & Licensing (541) 617-6097 or Garnet Cooke with Oregon OSHA (503) 378-3274 

Tangent Grower Meeting, Nov. 27th

Tanner Sheahan
CPS Tangent

Flooding, an excellent time to write a quick blog post.

Our annual Grower Meeting hosted by Tangent is coming up next week, Tuesday, 27th. Registration and Continental Breakfast begins at 7:00AM.

We will have door prizes and drawings during the meeting for those present. In a departure from previous years, we'll do two of the drawings a little different. One drawing will be from meeting attendees who are also existing blog subscribers, that's you guys if you got an email linking this blog post. The second drawing will be from meeting attendees who subscribe to the blog following the invitation at meeting. The drawing will be held Friday, Nov 30th and we'll contact winners via their email from their blog subscription.

Tangent Grower Meeting Agenda:

7:30-8:20  Hazelnut Market Overview
     Larry George, George Packing Company

8:20-9:05  Does an Investment in Precision Farming Pay?
     Jammie Wutzke, CPS Tangent

9:05-9:55  Worker Protection Standards
     Laurie Gordon, ODA

9:55-10:15  Break
     Refreshments provided

10:15-11:05  Seed Treatments; Why Use Them?
     Corey Burns, CPS Tangent

11:05-11:55  Managing Herbicide Resistant Weed Species in the Willamette Valley
     Andy Hulting, OSU Weed Science

12:00  Lunch!

We'll to see you all there!

Welcome Jammie Wutzke!

CPS Tangent would like to welcome Jammie Wutzke as our newest team member.  Her primary role will be assisting the Fieldmen and Customers in achieving success in utilizing Precision Farming Technologies to the fullest. Her past employment brings us a lot of experience: Extensive grid sampling in southern Idaho for large ag retailer, 10 years of grower data management for CPS in the North Valley involving tissue and soil sampling, EC, yield and imagery mapping and VRT applications. Her previous employment at Ag West Supply selling and supporting AFS, Trimble and AgLeader brands of Assisted and Automatic Steering Systems, Spray and Rate controllers and Yield Monitors gives her a good understanding of the equipment in the field and  the needs our customers have.  Feel free to contact her if you have any interests or questions about precision farming. She can be reached at or 541-971-0210.

Reminder: Check Credit Hours Here

Tanner Sheahan
CPS Tangent

Just a reminder for you guys. We've done a nice job compiling all the links you need to check on your credit hours for your pesticide applicator license. There is a tab that stays at the top of this blog where you'll find all those links.

On a related topic, you'll notice we have the contact info for AgriPlas, the company that recycles empty triple-rinsed chemical containers. Thanks!

Fall in the Orchards

Camren Moran


Fall is just days away and Filbert harvest may be the same for a few. This is just a reminder that it is about time for fall inputs into the orchards depending on this years soil/tissue test results. Capital press has a good article about a couple of these so i thought i would share it.

Along with what is reviewed in this article it is also time that we start thinking about copper sprays for bacterial blight. This is especially important for younger trees up to 10 years or so.

If you have any questions regarding Fall orchard inputs be sure to contact your Crop Production Services Fieldman or call into the office at (541)928-3391.

OSU Extension Meetings

Tanner Sheahan
CPS Tangent

OSU Extension will be putting on their annual wheat meetings in September. Here's the info on meetings and locations and thanks to Nicole Anderson for getting the info out to us.

2012 Fall OSU Extension Wheat and Seed Production Meetings

Three Locations:
Linn Co. Fair and Expo
3700 Knox Butte Rd, Albany
Thursday, September 13th
8:30 am – Noon

Roth’s Hospitality Center
1130 Wallace Rd, West Salem
Thursday, September 13th
1:30 - 5:00 pm

Forest Grove Elks Lodge
2810 Pacific Ave, Forest Grove
Friday, September 14th
8:30 am – Noon

Extension Updates and Program Agenda
– Nicole Anderson, Field Crops Extension Agent
Wheat varieties to consider this year, updates from the OSU breeding program, resultsfrom 2012 wheat fungicide trials
– Mike Flowers, OSU Cereals Specialist
Septoria nodorum situation and stripe rust update
– Chris Mundt, OSU Plant Pathologist

-15 minute break-

Fall nitrogen and other grass seed nutrient decisions
– John Hart, OSU Soils Specialist
Weed management in grass seed and other field crops
– Andy Hulting, OSU Weeds Specialist

Wheat and Seed Market Reports

2 ODA Pesticide Recertification Credits will be available
Call Nicole Anderson at 503-553-9922 with any questions

Filbert Moths

The time has finally come.

Over the last 5 weeks we have had Filbert moth traps hung in filbert orchards around the valley. They get checked once a week to monitor for the moth and when counts are high enough we recomend to spray with an effective insecticide to keep damage to a minimum. I have just recently began to find moths in traps and even some at a treatable level so sprays should be on the mind.

The traps look like this,

If you have any questions or concerns be sure to talk to your CPS fieldman!

Cameren Moran

CPS Tangent Summer Hours

Josh Nelson
CPS Tangent

Our hours are 7-5 M-F for the summer.  Closed Saturday’s unless pre-arranged. Thank you for your business.

Oregon Seed eUPDATE

Josh Nelson

Here is the link to the Oregon Seed Council's online newsletter. The June newsletter contains an update on Grass Seed Moisture and Cutting Timing.

Oregon Seed eUpdate e-newsletter

The focus is on agronomic and pest issues. In contrast to the Oregon Seed MagazineThe goal of this e-newsletter is to provide timely updates to Oregon seed producers and field reps. The focus is on agronomic and pest issues. In contrast to the Oregon Seed Magazine, the e-newsletter has an emphasis on regional reports from field reps, consultants, growers and OSU research and Extension staff. We plan to include label updates, links to pertinent research and publications and a calendar of meetings and tours.

Palisade 2EC SLN Approved for Oats in Oregon

Tanner Sheahan
CPS Tangent

Below is a copy of the letter sent out by Rose Kachadoorian of ODA announcing the approval of a 24c label for Palisade2EC on oats in Oregon to help prevent lodging. There's a fair amount of oats out there this spring and while this may not be a huge crop for growers in the Willamette Valley I wanted to get the information out to you.

RE : Syngenta Crop Protection, Inc /Palisade 2EC (a.i. Trinexapac-ethyl)
EPA Registration No. 100-1241, EPA SLN No. OR-120009
Site- Oats
The Oregon Department of Agriculture is pleased to enclose SLN OR-120009, a registration
under FIFRA Section 24(c), to allow for the use of Palisade 2EC (Trinexapac-ethyl) on oats in
Oregon to reduce lodging. Concerned Oregon oat growers initiated conversation with Oregon
State University (OSU)- Extension and Syngenta Crop Protection, and are the driving force
behind this SLN.
This SLN will expire December 31, 2013, Syngenta has committed to collecting NW specific
efficacy data. When sufficient data are submitted, the Department will consider extending the
expiration date.
Oats are on the EPA Stamped and Accepted label (2/17/2012); however, they are not on the
market label. Oats are not on the market label because Syngenta is still in the process of
developing efficacy (including optimum timing) data.
Growers in Oregon planted late because of excessive rains, and alternate crop uncertainties.
Because of the amount of rainfall in Oregon, crops are especially susceptible to lodging (water
helps weigh down plants). In addition, some believe that using Palisade 2EC on oats will help
reduce the straw load on the fields, which will possibly help facilitate no-till planting.
According to Dr. Mike Flowers OSU Assistant Professor (Extension Cereals Specialist), oats
grown in the Willamette valley region of western Oregon are typically a forage type grown
under contract as a seed crop. Thus, oat growers are trying to maximize seed yield in varieties
that are tall, weak stemmed and prone to lodging. This leads to significant agronomic
challenges for growers as they try to optimize inputs while preventing lodging. It is in this
capacity that Palisade would be very useful to Oregon's oat growers.
If you have any questions, please do not hesitate to contact me. Thank you.

Rose Kachadoorian
Pesticide Registration and Endangered Species SpecialistPesticides Division,
Oregon Department of Agriculture635 Capitol St. NE, Salem, OR 97301503/986-4651
Phone, 503/986-4735
Email Address: 

Feel free to contact your CPS Fieldman if you have any questions about using Palisade2EC on your oat crop and we will have copies of the SLN here at the Tangent branch with the product.

Leaf Roller in New FIlberts

Tanner Sheahan
CPS Tangent

Here are some pictures of potential damage from leaf rollers in new planted filberts.

Leaf feeding.

New growth curling due to damage to the stem.

Newest bud severed by feeding on the stem just below it.

Leaf rolling and new growth damaged.

Leaf damage and new growth damaged.

You can see the leaf roller worm right about in the center of that last picture. (You'll also notice what I believe to be a sweat bee, no concern to the filberts.) The worst damage the leaf rollers do is sever the new growth as you can see in a couple of these pictures.

If you notice any damage at all in your new filbert planting please talk with your CPS fieldman.

Pesticide Linked to Global Decline in Bee Population?

Tanner Sheahan
CPS Tangent

I stumbled across this article about global bee population decline recently and thought most of you would find this interesting. There have been a couple of studies published recently linking bee population decline with neonicotinoid insecticides. This is a prime example of why proper stewardship of our chemical tools is so essential. The agricultural industry, on a global level, needs chemical tools to produce crops free of insects, disease, and weeds that will yield at a level capable of feeding the ever growing world population. Chemical labeling restrictions, REI, and PHI all have a purpose that may seem small or unimportant at times but, as described by the butterfly effect, it's the ripples that do the real harm.

Reminder: Hyslop Tomorrow, Tangent Next Week

Tanner Sheahan
CPS Tangent

A quick reminder to you all that the Hyslop Farm Field Day is tomorrow, May 30, from 8:30am-430pm at Hyslop Farm off of Granger Rd and Hwy 20 NE of Corvallis. There are morning and afternoon sessions that will cover both cereal and seed production topics. Many of the issues we've written about recently, like cucumber beetles eating spring plantings or the "new" Stagonospora nodorum Blotch, will likely be covered at some point during the day. This field day is a fantastic opportunity to see all the work OSU puts into research at the Hyslop Farm and to meet many of the OSU extension and research specialists who make it all happen. Feel free to ask your CPS fieldman for additional information on the Field Day.
Tangent guys walking through our wheat variety/fungicide trial.
I also wanted to give you a heads-up that the CPS Tangent crew is planning a tour of our research plots out on Hwy 34 for next Wednesday, June 6. We have a wheat variety and fungicide trial, a clover variety plot and set of barley variety plots. Many of you have come out to look at our trials in the past and we look forward to it again this year. More info coming.

Triticale on the left and several varieties of malting and feed barley.
As long as I'm writing reminders I'll also mention the OSU Barley Day Friday, June 8. Here's the post from a couple weeks back with all the info about the Barley tour along with contact info for Pat Hayes.
The white clover variety trial. We'll also compare mowing timings.
Enjoy the sun this week!

Hang On To Your Hats!

Cameren Moran

Spring can bring some strange weather and it sure did today. The forcast says to continue to watch for funnel clouds until 6pm tonight but it is highly unlikely to happen again.

Caught on camera: Possible Funnel Cloud in Albany

Stagonospora nodorum Blotch (formerly Septoria nodorum)

Joe Moade
CPS Tangent

We recently received an email alert from OSU cereals specialist Mike flowers regarding Stagonospora nodorum Blotch (formerly Septoria nodorum).   

I wanted to alert everyone to an emerging disease problem in western Oregon.  Stagonospora nodorum Blotch (formerly Septoria nodorum) seems to be rearing its ugly head this year.  This leaf disease is very similar to the Septoria tritici that we usually see in western Oregon (see attached pictures).  The main difference is that there are no black spots (pycnidia) in the lesions.  The pycnidia of Stagonospora nodorum are brown and very difficult to see.  In addition, if left uncontrolled Stagonospora nodorum can have a significant effect on yield if it infects the wheat head.  Therefore, it is very important that growers control this disease with fungicides to prevent further infections.

Walking my variety trials today with Chris Mundt and Bob Zemetra we found that many of the commonly grown varieties are infected with Stagonospora nodorum.  Thus, this is likely not a variety specific issue (however field of Skiles have been hit pretty hard).  Growers and crop consultants are encouraged to scout all their fields and treat them when necessary.  It is important to scout fields closely as from a distance the fields can look like they are infected with stripe rust, when in fact it is Stagonospora nodorum.  I have also attached a publication that shows the efficacy of the common fungicides on Stagonospora nodorum. 
If you have any questions, please feel free to give me a call at 541-737-9940.


Michael Flowers, Ph.D.
Extension Cereal Specialist
Oregon State University
119 Crop Science Building
Corvallis, OR  97331
Phone: 541-737-9940
The Good news to this potential problem is that we have effective fungicides that are very good at preventing/controlling the damage.  Please take time to review with your fieldman your wheat disease control program to make sure you are covered.

Is your spring planting getting munched on?

Jason Bennett
CPS Tangent

Does this little guy look familiar? We typically start to see them in the spring time, they are commonly know as a 12 Spot Cucumber Beetle.  We see them time to time in new spring planted grass fields.  They can be easily confused with slugs, because they chew off the top of the new seedling plants.  They can be controlled very effectively.  They are more of a problem in spring planted row crops especially after the grass fields get cut.  If you have a spring planting, make sure to ask your fieldman if you have any Cucumber Beetles in the field.

2012 Hyslop Farm Field Day on May 30

2012 Hyslop Farm Field Day on May 30

May 4, 2012
Barley on the Hyslop farm. (Photo by Betsy Hartley.)
CORVALLIS, Ore. – Oregon State University Extension Service specialists and researchers from OSU's Department of Crop and Soil Science will host the annual Hyslop Research Farm Field Day on Wednesday, May 30. The program runs from 8:30 a.m. to 4:30 p.m.
Field day topics will focus on cereal and seed crops, and will be presented in both morning and afternoon sessions. The public is invited, and people should plan to stay all day to hear presentations in all sessions. The OSU Crops Club will prepare no-cost lunch at noon sponsored by the Oregon Seed Council and the Oregon Wheat Growers League.
Cereal topics will include Pacific Northwest winter wheat varieties, presented by both public and private wheat breeders; management of wheat diseases, including stripe rust, in the Willamette Valley; and discussion on winter barley varieties available for a variety of end uses. Faculty from Linn Benton Community College will also be on hand to discuss their new biofuel crops program.
Seed crop topics will include advances in meadowfoam breeding; fiber flax planting date and weed management studies; the use of plant growth regulators in red clover seed production; updates on alternatives to the use of diuron in carbon-seeded perennial ryegrass; and updates on barley yellow dwarf virus in perennial ryegrass seed production.
Hyslop Farm is located six miles northeast of Corvallis on Granger Road, just off of Highway 20. Watch for signs.
For more information, contact Mike Flowers, OSU Extension cereals specialist, at 541-737-9940; or Andy Hulting, OSU Extension weed management specialist, at 541-737-5098. A detailed agenda of the field day and maps to Hyslop Farm can be found on the Hyslop Farm Field Day flyer (pdf download).
Author: Judy Scott

OSU Barley Day, June 8

Tanner Sheahan
CPS Tangent

The OSU Barley Breeding program headed by Pat Hayes is hosting a Barley Day on Friday June 8th. This is a great opportunity to learn a lot about barley production and the breeding program at OSU. There's a lot of work being done in both malting barley's and feed varieties.

There is more information available at Barley World.

Here's a copy of the agenda for the day:

     Barley Day
     Oregon State University
     June 8, 2012
     Please RSVP by May 14, 2012
           (Email Pat Hayes to RSVP)
       9:00 – 12: Program overview
Hyslop Farm: 3455 NE Granger Rd. Corvallis, OR 97330
    9:00 Meet, greet, and travel to plots
    9:30 Malting variety development: from six-row to two-row
   10:00 Food variety development: beyond beta glucan
   10:30 The T-CAP Project: integrating gene discovery and breeding
   10:45 Diseases and The World Core Collection
   11:15 Nitrogen Use Efficiency and The Facultative/Winter Panel
   11:45  Future directions
   12:00 Lunch on your own
       2:00 – 5:00  In-depth sessions
Hyslop Farm: 3455 NE Granger Rd. Corvallis, OR 97330
   Malting variety development
   Food variety development
   Nitrogen Use Efficiency and canopy spectral reflectance
   Diseases and genome wide association mapping
Campus: 3050 Campus Way. Corvallis, OR 97331
   Doubled haploid production
   Malting & brewing research
   Barley foods research

5:00 - Tasting the fruits of barley research 
   Location(s) TBA

Max Elder Community Lamb Barbecue

In honor of Max Elder, there will be a community lamb barbecue from 2 to 6 p.m. Thursday, April 26, at the Methodist Church in Shedd. Come one, come all!

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Look Closer

With the wet spring we have been experiencing in the Willamette Valley so far we tend to look at our production fields and blame their appearance and lack of vigor on the weather.  Upon further inspection, you may find some added stresses and common pests.  One such pest showing up more often this spring is the  persistant Crane Fly.
European cranefly (Tipula paludosa) and Marsh cranefly (Tipula oleracea)
Mature larvae are 1 to 1.5 inches long, legless, and earthy gray. The body is cylindrical, squishy, but very tough and resilient (the larvae are called “leatherjackets”)
The larvae of these two pest species feed on many plant species, including grasses, clovers, mint crops, root vegetables, and probably even decaying matter. As larvae mature, they come to the soil surface at night and feed above ground on crowns of grasses. They have been seen to clip stems of peppermint.
The European cranefly, (T. paludosa) , deposits eggs randomly on moist soil, grasses, clovers, and cover crops by dropping them in flight or when walking over these areas. An adult female produces 300 to 400 eggs, which hatch in 11 to 15 days. Larvae enter the soil and feed on humus, vegetable waste that is decomposing, and crowns or roots of plants through late April and early May. Young larvae tend to remain in the soil day and night and are highly resistant to cold. In spring, the larger larvae come to the soil surface at night and feed on aerial parts of plants. Larvae pupate in the soil (late June, July, early August). Adults emerge in late August and September. (Tipula paludosa)
Controls available for use in many of our seed crops include Lorsban, and Baythroid/Tombstone.
Ask your CPS fieldman to scout the areas you might consider potential problems.

Information provided by Oregon State University Extension 

Aerial Imagery Spring 2012

Bob Schroeder
CPS Tangent

"Remote Sensing is defined as the acquisition of information about an object without being in physical contact with it" (Elachi 1987)  For Agriculture and for our uses at Tangent CPS, this involves aerial imagery collected from airplane flights over our Willamette Valley.  Over several years we have collected many layers of information from yield monitors, soil samples, soil electroconductivity mapping, soil type maps, weed maps, etc.  The use of aerial imagery has provided a very useful real time tool for identifying field variability and tools to treat it.  Being able to identify good, medium, and poor growth areas in our crops this time of year from a birds eye view allow us to treat the fields with a better site specific program.  Over the next two months we will be lining up many acres of grass seed and grain crops to customize products and rates for applications.  One of the greatest usage's is in the applications of growth regulators and fungicides because of the variability of crop growth and density.  If you have fields to schedule for capture on our next flights, contact your field man and he will make arrangements to capture, process and deliver to you your photos and application maps.  In addition, we have a library available of pictures from the first floods this winter along the Willamette River from Eugene to Albany showing the high water marks of the fields along the river.  

Ag Leader Technololgy Training April 17th

Jason Bennett
Tangent CPS

Agleader is hosting a training/learning session at Linn Benton Tractor April 17th, below is information about the up and coming meeting.  The write up was provided by Sean Ealy who is the Territory Manager at Ag Leader Technology. 

Data from precision ag has immense value for making management decisions. These management decisions must be based on real-life questions you have about improving your operation, driven by your collected data. The data you collect has tremendous value beyond the benefits you see in the cab. So how do you begin the process of getting more answers from  you precision ag data?  How can adapting new technology benefit you when it comes to yield and financial decisions? How can you take what you already have and improve on it? Come join us in this discussion, sponsored by Ag Leader Technology, CPS and Linn Benton Tractor. Learn how SMS software and our precision products can help take you from where you are now to where you want to be.

Tuesday April 17th
9am – 11:30am
31873 SR-34 Tangent, OR

Lunch provided, as well as individual training if desired

Let you CPS fieldman know if you are interested in attending or email

Commodity Prices

Josh Nelson
CPS Tangent

Commodity price changes. The table below shows trends between Nitrogen, Diesel and Wheat prices from 1993-2012. 

World economies, power struggles in developing countries and natural disasters have made for very uncertain times. No surprise to anyone, commodity prices are volatile. Inputs, such as, Nitrogen and Diesel continue their upward movement. Unfortunately Wheat prices have fallen off of their high from 2011 to approximately $6.95/bushel. As of April 2012 prices for these three commodities are are Nitrogen at $0.66/unit, Diesel $4.14/gal and Wheat $6.95/bu.

Why are Nitrogen prices continuing to climb with Natural Gas at 10 year lows?

Explanation; corn is projected to be the largest planted acreage since 1937, 95.9 million acres.  There is a huge amount of demand on the supply chain right now. There is a bottle neck caused by weather and logistics. The Midwest distributors held off on filling and taking positions throughout the winter because of what they’ve seen happen to them in the past, as well as listening to the drum beat of how the market was going to soften going into spring instead of firming. 

There will continue to be many questions and concerns moving into the harvest season of 2012, however, as with any turbulent markets there are opportunities as well. Carefully consider crop rotations, no-till versus conventional planting, bailing straw versus chopping, soil testing, nutrient management, etc. Ask your CPS fieldman about nutrient removal when bailing; it is important to understand the true value of your straw. Develop cost effective strategies to managing nutrient deficiencies with Nature’s Supreme, Lime and Variable Rate applications. Sign up for commodity reports from Tangent CPS website, USDA Grain Reports, Pendleton Grain Growers, etc. Keeping yourself informed will help you find and take advantage of these opportunities.

Snow Pictures

Tanner Sheahan
CPS Tangent

Here's a few snow pictures from all of the guys here at Tangent of our record setting late snow event March 21-22. (Click photos to enlarge.)

Do you have any snow pictures you want to share?