Tangent CPS plot tour

Tangent CPS invites you to join us for our annual plot tour on Thursday, June 6th from 3:00-5:00pm.

Agenda items:

  • Wheat varieties
  • Roughstalk bluegrass
  • Starter fertilizer on fescue
  • Rotation crops
  • Fence rows
  • MCPA timing on clover

Our research farm is located at  29531 Hwy 34 just west of Colorado Lake Dr.
We are looking forward to seeing you rain or shine!

Promising New OSU Wheat Varieties

Josh Nelson
Two new promising varieties came out of the OSU wheat tour yesterday. Bobtail and Rosalyn will be available this fall in limited quantities through  Foundation Seed. Today the Capital Press also released an informative article and comments from OSU wheat breeder Bob Zemetra.

CPS - Tangent

If you are interested in seeing Bobtail and Rosalyn, along with the other 45 varieties, in person, ask your CPS fieldman to show you the plots located between Tangent and Shedd on Mid Valley Farms. OSU plot identifier signs will be out until harvest starts.

New OSU wheat varieties promise yield, rust resistance

Capital Press
Two new Oregon State University soft white winter wheat varieties are being touted for their high yield potential and stripe rust resistance.
OSU wheat breeder Bob Zemetra said Bobtail and Rosalyn topped variety trials in Oregon -- and some in Washington.
Bobtail averaged 10 bushels more than the average yield in higher rainfall and irrigated zones in Oregon trials. Zemetra said it produces a little less than that in dryland areas and has moderate resistance to strawbreaker footrot because it carries the PCH2 gene, the relatively new second gene for resistance. Most varieties carry the PCH1 gene.
"It's in a few varieties in the Northwest, but not very many," Zemetra said of the second gene. "It confers summer resistance to strawbreaker."
Bobtail is moderately resistant to cephalosporium stripe, but showed great tolerance in a Washington State University trial, Zemetra said. It has moderate resistance to septoria leaf blotch, of note to growers in Western Oregon, and excellent end-use quality.
Rosalyn topped Bobtail in moderate to high rainfall trials and drier zones. It has better adaptation to dry zones and good resistance to strawbreaker foot rot, carrying both the PCH1 and PCH2 genes. It is more susceptible to cephalosporium stripe and septoria leaf blotch.
As a wheat breeder, Zemetra worries about a possible change in stripe rust races affecting the area.
"What looks good today might look bad tomorrow," he said.
The two varieties have short or no awns, the bristle of the wheat plant, which may require farmers to adjust the settings on their combines at harvest, Zemetra said.
The varieties combine Pacific Northwest germplasm and European germplasm. Most European wheats and varieties in the eastern United States are awnless, Zemetra said.
"If the awn gave that much of an advantage, we would probably see more awn wheat there," he said.
Zemetra said there was discussion between OSU and the Oregon Wheat Commission whether to move ahead with royalties on wheat varieties. It was decided that there needs to be a consensus moving forward, so Bobtail and Rosalyn will have a traditional release with no royalties attached.
Foundation seed for Bobtail is being produced through the Washington State Crop Improvement Association, but may all be spoken for. Zemetra reselected Rosalyn for test weight, so there will be a limited amount of foundation seed available in the fall. Zemetra said farmers will likely get more Bobtail in the fall of 2014 and Rosalyn on a limited basis.
Zemetra said he will next pursue wheats adapted to drier areas and focus on resistance to soilborne wheat mosaic virus.
He is also close to finding the right combination of yield, stripe rust resistance and end-use quality for a hard white wheat.

Got roughstalk?

Jason Bennett
CPS Tangent

Want to give everybody an update on our roughstalk trials we had.

As many of you know Tangent CPS put out a number of plots to get a handle on and control roughstalk bluegrass.  We had 2 big trials in grower fields and we had another big trial at our research farm where we planted roughstalk last fall.  Unfortunately we learned there is not one product alone, labeled in grass seed, that will control roughstalk bluegrass.  However we did learn how important it is to have the product applied prior to any roughstalk sprout.  We were able to look at 11 different products and how they act individually on roughstalk.  Our trials had roughly 650 different chemical combinations at each location, there was a lot to look at!  Once we got into late winter early spring we started seeing very good separation among chemicals and different combinations.  From these plots we have learned the top 4-5 products that have activity on roughstalk and also the importance of applying product pre-emergence. 

Our plan for this fall is to continue our research with small plots on our research farm and grower fields, but look into how we can use the top products better to gain roughstalk control.  This spring, at the research farm, we planted tall fescue and roughstalk inner planted in it.  We are currently watering the tall fescue and roughstalk up.  By this fall we hope to have strong tall fescue and also roughstalk.  Ask your Tangent CPS fieldman about what products really stood out and which ones failed.

2013 Hyslop Field Day

2013 Hyslop Field Day

Date:         Wed, 05/29/2013 - 8:30am - 5:00pm


Lunch prepared by the OSU CROPS CLUB

Coffee and Donuts 8:00

Welcome and meadowfoam program update                      Russ Karow 8:15

Wheat and grass seed testing rules updates                      Adriel Garay   8:30
OSU Seed Lab

Developing new winter wheat cultivars for W. OR            Bob Zemetra  9:00

Stripe rust, Septoria, and fungicide resistance                   Chris Mundt  9:30

Update on winter barley breeding efforts                            Pat Hayes 10:00

Alternatives to diuron for carbon-seeding                          Andy Hulting 10:30

Recent findings on Barley Yellow Dwarf Virus
and its aphid vectors in perennial ryegrass seed fields   Cindy Ocamb 11:00

Sinapsis alba: Potential oilseed rotation crop                   Tom Chastain and 11:30
for the Willamette Valley                                                          Alyssa Duval

Lunch/Adjourn 12:00

Hyslop Farm
3455 NE Granger Ave
United States

Willamette Valley Weather - What's Normal?

Josh Nelson
CPS Tangent

Current indications suggest an early harvest schedule for most of our Willamette Valley Crops this season.  As we all watch the weather and try to guess what will happen in the next four months, here are some interesting stats for what has transpired so far and what is generally considered normal.   CPS has several weather stations throughout the valley that vary a lot by location, so what follows here is data collected north of Corvallis at the OSU Hyslop weather station.

Corvallis averages 166 days of measurable rain or snow per year, and 42.7 inches of moisture per year
Salem averages 164 days of measurable rain or snow per year, and 39.7 inches of moisture per year
Eugene averages 144 days of measurable rain or snow per year, and 46.1 inches of moisture per year

Growing degree days in Corvallis from January 1 as of Monday May 13 was at 1067.  For the same time last year we were at 993

Mean Rainfall for Corvallis for the first five months looks like this:

Month                       Mean Average             2013
January                           6.82                           1.71
February                         5.04                           1.99
March                             4.55                           2.58
April                                2.56                          1.95
May                                1.95                           .82     (As of 5/23)

Rainfall since January 1   9.09 inches 
Normal for same period  21.46 inches

Rainfall for crop year September 1  31.73 inches       
Normal for same period 41.47

South Valley Crop Tour Wednesday, May 22nd

Joe Moade
CPS Tangent

Oregon State Extension is having their annual field crop tour, a great warm up for their Hyslop Field day that will be at the end of the month. 
Hope to see you at one or both.

Forward from 

Nicole P. Anderson
OSU Extension Service
503-553-9922 (cell)

  2013 Annual South Valley
Field Crops Tour
Wednesday, May 22, 2013 at 1 p.m. Field Crop Tour Agenda Stop 1.
1 p.m. Wheat Variety Trials
Mid-Valley Farms – Dennis Glaser and Sons  Mike Flowers wheat variety discussion and update
 Chris Mundt wheat disease update
 Nicole Anderson, Fungicide and Palisade trials update
 Directions: Southeast of Tangent. Take Tangent Loop S to Wirth Rd., plots on E side of Wirth Rd.
Stop 2.
3 p.m. OSU weed management’s grass seed production research plots
Andy Hulting weed management update.  Roughstock bluegrass management update
 Directions: Northeast of Tangent. Take Hwy 34 to Columbus St. North to 34344 SE Columbus St. Plots are on W side of the road across from farm shop, prior to Horn Ln.
Sponsored by the OSU Extension Service Resource People: Nicole Anderson – OSU North Valley Extension Agent, Mike Flowers – OSU Extension cereal specialist, Chris Mundt – OSU wheat disease scientist, and Andy Hulting – OSU Extension weed

OSU Barley Day, May 17th

Tanner Sheahan
CPS Tangent

The annual barley tour is coming up on May 17th!

The OSU Barley breeding program hosts a tour each year to highlight the renowned barley breeding program at Oregon State University. This is a great opportunity to see what is available and being developed in malting barleys as well as food and feed varieties. There is an increasing demand for locally produced barley for local brewers, bakers, and livestock feeders. Dr Pat Hayes and his minions have been working hard to make barley better and more available to us here in the Willamette Valley as well as around the globe. Hope to see you out there!

Barley Day
May 17th, 2013

The inside story:
9:00-11:00 am
OSU West Greenhouse 3050 Campus Way

The outside story: 
1:00-4:00 pm 
Hyslop Farm 3455 NE Granger Ave

Inside/out hospitality:

5:00-7:00 pm

For more information visit: 

Talk with your CPS fieldman for more information on growing barley.