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.
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).