98th Annual Hazelnut Meeting

Tanner Sheahan
CPS Tangent

I'm currently attending the Hazelnut Grower's meeting at the Portland Ag Expo, the 98th Annual meeting I might add! The keynote speakers are Stefanno Gagliasso, Camillo Scocco, and Ettere Fontana from Ferrero procurement and business development in Luxembourg. Ferroro is the world's largest buyer of hazelnuts and an international leader in confections with some 72 affiliated companies under their umbrella. You are probably most familiar with Nutella and Ferrero Rocher, those delicious little golden globes. Ferrero is the biggest player and their outlook is bright for the future of the hazelnut global market.

Based on a ten-year average, Oregon (which represents approximately 94% of US hazelnut production) comprises about 4% of the world's total production. If we continue to strongly promote Oregon's high quality as a "brand" we will continue to be a leader in the in-shell hazelnut market and therefore command a premium for a premium product.

Talk with your CPS Feldman for more information on hazelnut production in the Willamette Valley.

New tool for mouse control in your warehouse.

Corey Burns
CPS Tangent

We finally have a new soft bait!
Soft bait has been a great innovation for rodent control in warehouses, but we need to be mindful of rotating active ingredients. With the baits on the market today it is rare for mice to become "bait shy", but it is very possible for them to build up a bait tolerance. To help avoid bait tolerance it is important to rotate active ingredients a couple of times per year.
About two years ago we were introduced to a soft bait rodenticide called FastDraw. This bait has been a key part in warehouse pest management when paired up with bait blocks of the same active ingredient.
Now that we have another new soft bait on the market we will be able to continue using blocks in conjunction with soft bait and not worry about Mighty Mouse building a bait tolerance.

Contact Corey at 541.990.7639 for more information on bait combinations and rotations.

2013 Report of Stripe Rust in Western OR

Josh Nelson
CPS Tangent

Here is a message from Nicole Anderson, OSU Field Crops Agent, regarding Winter Wheat Stripe Rust. The Tangent group has also been seeing Stripe Rust in early planted Winter Wheat in our area.

Field Reps and Growers,

A photo exhibiting classic early season stripe rust symptoms came into the OSU plant clinic yesterday (1/22/2013).  The winter wheat field is in the McMinnville area of western Oregon. 

Recommended Action: Growers and crop consultants should scout fields throughout the region for stripe rust and treat fields as necessary.

Feel free to call or email with questions.


Mike Flowers, OSU Cereals Specialist –  541-737-9940
Nicole Anderson, OSU Field Crops Agent – 503-553-9922

Environmental Author and Activist Apologizes for "Demonizing" GM Crops

Tanner Sheahan
CPS Tangent

World food prices are increasing along side world populations while the global food supply continues to get pinched. In light of that, Pat and I thought this article was interesting and worth sharing. (Click on the title to link to the original article on the website for the Council for Biotechnology.)

Environmental author and activist apologizes for “demonizing” GM crops

British author and environmental activist Mark Lynas has publicly apologized for his past role in “demonizing” genetically modified crops, saying that he has come to realize that they are safe to eat and are essential to feeding a growing world population.
“For the record, here and upfront, I apologize for having spent several years ripping up GM crops,” Lynas told the Oxford Farming Conference in England Thursday.  “I am also sorry that I helped to start the anti-GM movement back in the mid 1990s, and that I thereby assisted in demonizing an important technological option which can be used to benefit the environment.”  Text and video of his presentation are available here.
Lynas is the author of “The God Species: Saving the Planet in the Age of Humans” (published by National Geographic) and other books on environmental challenges.
“As an environmentalist, and someone who believes that everyone in this world has a right to a healthy and nutritious diet of their choosing, I could not have chosen a more counter-productive path,” Lynas said of his participation in attacks on GM test plots, a common feature of British anti-GM activism.  “I now regret it completely.”
Lynas said he educated himself on science as part of his study of climate change and came to realize that the arguments against GM crops are mainly “green urban myths.”
“I’d assumed that GM was dangerous. It turned out that it was safer and more precise than conventional breeding,” Lynas said.
“The GM debate is over,” he said.  “It is finished. We no longer need to discuss whether or not it is safe - over a decade and a half with three trillion GM meals eaten there has never been a single substantiated case of harm. You are more likely to get hit by an asteroid than to get hurt by GM food.”
“So my message to the anti-GM lobby, from the ranks of the British aristocrats and celebrity chefs to the US foodies to the peasant groups of India, is this,” he said.  “You are entitled to your views. But you must know by now that they are not supported by science. We are coming to a crunch point, and for the sake of both people and the planet, now is the time for you to get out of the way and let the rest of us get on with feeding the world sustainably.”

A couple years ago we posted a review of Dr. Robert Paarlberg's presentation at OSU's Food for Thought seminar series some of us attended at LaSalle Stewart Center.  Here is an article with a similar message Dr. Paarlberg wrote for Foreign Policy back in 2010: Attention Whole Foods Shoppers.