Palisade 2EC on Wheat

Cameren Moran

Good news for our "toolboxes!"

Palisade 2EC now has a supplemental label registered for use in Oregon for growth management of grasses grown for seed, wheat, barley.

To view the supplemental label follow the link below.

Be sure to pay attention to rates because the formulation has changed and we want to be sure and follow the label!

If you have any questions be sure to contact your CPS fieldman.

Lane County Ag Chemical Removal, Mar. 7th & 13th

Tanner Sheahan
CPS Tangent

I got the following email from Linda Renslow and Ross Penhallogen of OSU so I wanted to pass this along to our south Valley growers.

Agricultural Chemical Removal Project 2012
Lane County Waste Management (along with many partners) will be hosting an Agricultural Chemical Collection event March 7 & 13, 2012.  Once again, there will be no charge to the farmers (or future liability) for those chemicals brought in for disposal.
This year, the collection event will be limited to Lane County growers, and the chemicals will have to be delivered by the owner/staff (i.e., no mass collection of chemicals by one person for several farmers.)
Call for an appointment: McKenzie Farmers: Nancy Toth - 541-685-7438
Middle Fork Willamette Farmers - Amy Chinitz, SUB 541-744-3745
SWV Groundwater Management Area: Audrey Eldridge - 541-776-6029
Other Lane County Farmers: Ross Penhallegon - 541-344-1709
Package chemicals/fertilizers carefully!
Drop off location: Lane County Glenwood Central Receiving Station

In the past we at CPS, thanks to Bob Spinney, have collected chemicals from many of our customers to be dropped off at events like this one as a service to our growers. This will not be the case with this event as stated above. So please keep the dates in mind so that you can utilize this opportunity to get rid of unwanted and old chemicals you may have on the farm. As always, get in touch with your CPS Fieldman on which chemical should be discarded.

Hazelnut School Review

Cameren Moran

Last Wednesday our northern branches put together a CPS Hazelnut School that was a great success.

Topics included
  • Orchard management and use of soil/tissue analysis
  • weed, disease, and nutritional strategies for young orchards
  • essentials of potassium nutrition
  • pest monitoring, weed and insect control
  • hazelnut variety selection
  • calcium use strategies on new and older orchards
  • disease management in new and older orchards
  • George Packing Company's, perspective on market

There were many discussions throughout the meeting and if you have any questions regarding the school feel free to ask your CPS field man about the latest hazelnut info.

A piece of hazelnut info: For Jefferson polinizers the recommended mix is as follows; 40% Felix, 20% Eta, 20% Theta. As for a Daviana polinizer replacement York looks to be a prime candidate.

Thank You to all who came to the class and we hope you gained some knowledge or refreshed your knowledge on hazelnuts.

LightSquared and GPS Interference

Tanner Sheahan
CPS Tangent

Last summer I wrote an article about plans from LightSquared to roll out broadband LTE services that would interfere with the GPS signals much of our Ag equipment relies on. This article on GigaOM, In a Suspect Move, LightSquared Calls for GPS Standards, goes into some more detail on this potential problem.

I'll reiterate what I said several months ago: it's important that our GPS signals remain solvent for guidance, mapping, and harvest operations, not to mention navigation systems, but the potential benefit from widespread 4G LTE services throughout rural America is staggering as well. There are devices in development, and in limited release, that will allow the transfer of application maps, field files, harvest files, etc, directly from the cab of the tractor through the controller and back to the office. This will require broadband speeds in the field, thus the conundrum.

Stay tuned, I'll try to keep you updated as this progresses.

Powerflex New Formulation

Jason Bennett
CPS Tangent 

Powerflex is an Dow AgroSciences herbicide used in winter wheat to control a wide array of grass species.  Dow has changed the formulation in Powerflex.  They have changed the name of  Powerflex, to Powerflex HL.  I have included a picture, the new and old look very similiar.  Defiently talk to your fieldman to make sure you are using the right rates.

Yellow Sticky Traps

Those of you with meadow foam may have noticed
the yellow sticky traps in your fields for monitoring Scaptomyza Fly (meadowfoam fly).  We will be checking these often to monitor the levels of the fly so we can spray before they become a problem.  

In the past we have not seen fly levels high enough to treat until the middle of February. With that said this does not mean that we may not see numbers high enough for treatment. Here is an extension publication about the fly published in 2000 by Oregon State University. Oregon State Meadowfoam Fly. This explains the life, detection, monitoring, and control of the meadow foam fly.

If you have any questions regarding the meadowfoam fly and when to spray your be sure to talk to your CPS field man.

Mineralizable Nitrogen Results

Jason Bennett

For more than 10 years Tangent has been using the Mineralizable Nitrogen test for winter wheat. This test was developed by Oregon State University for use in Winter Wheat grown in the Willamette Valley. Over the last 1-2 weeks your CPS fieldman has pulled a soil sample in your wheat fields.  With the high water we had here in the Valley some of the fields may have got finished up this week.  Make sure to ask your fieldman about the results, and trends we are seeing.  Here is the publication on Mineralizable Nitrogen in winter wheat fields for Western Oregon.

Pruning Workshop Follow Up

This morning was our Filbert pruning/demonstration. Lane County extension agent Ross Pennhallegon did a great job with explaining his concept of really opening up orchards in order to get as much sunlight into the orchard and to push the trees into new growth. This light and new growth gives the trees a larger area to produce nuts and may be key to having a high yield orchard.

         Here is the group in Mid-Valley's Barcelona orchard discussing which limbs to remove.

This is the group looking at Wirth farm's 3 year old Jefferson Filberts.

At Wirth farms Ross discussed proper pruning techniques for young orchards. He also talked about protecting the trucks with latex paint or protective sleeves and other various young orchard management techniques.

Tangent CPS would like to thank Ross Pennhallegon, Mid-Valley Farms, and Wirth Farms for helping put this together and letting us walk through their orchards.