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