Local Climate Change or Changing Cycle?

   At midday on the next to last day of the month of January 2015, the temperature in the Corvallis area is showing 48 degrees Fahrenheit. We will end the month close to a maximum average of 49.6 degrees Fahrenheit.  The last time we had maximum averages this high in January were 2010, and if you recall, the amount of rust pressure in our wheat crop was significantly high.  The rust pressure in our grass seed crops that year were heavy as well.  The past ten year average high for December has been 45.7 degrees Fahrenheit with this year being 51.3, ten year average high for January being 46.9 degrees F and this year at 49.6.  What does this mean for wheat and grass crops?  More than likely a heavy rust pressure year.  Scouting all varieties is very important as we have been seeing lots of stripe rust in several wheat varieties since the end of December.  The temperatures in the months of December and January are generally a very good indicator of what kind of rust pressure we will see during the growing season.

Last season, rust pressure was low but the amount of Septoria was very high.  The month of December 2013 had an average maximum of 41.7 degrees Fahrenheit and January 2014 was 41.3 degrees F.   Currently we are seeing high amounts of stripe rust and Septoria leaf disease and they are easy to find in  many fields.   Have your plans in place for scouting and treatment as we work through the weather, growth stages, and field conditions in your wheat  fields.

Nut Growers Society 100th Annual Winter Meeting Program

Tangent CPS

The Annual Nut Growers Society meeting that was typically at the Portland Expo Center has moved its meeting to the Lasells Stewart Center at OSU.  The meeting is January 13th 2015 from 8am-230pm.  CPS will have a booth at the meeting so stop by and say hi.  Hope to see you at the meeting. The meeting agenda is listed below:

The Nut Growers Society is entering into an exciting new century with its 100th Winter Meeting.  The move to the LaSells Stewart Center at OSU gives us a modern conference auditorium, comfortable seating and state of the are audio-visual facilities.  Packers, suppliers, and other vendors will be present in the lobby area to visit with you.  This is all made possible by the generous support from the sponsors and vendors.  Please thanks them by visiting their booths at the meeting.

8am Registration Coffee & Schnecken, Visit Vendors
830am Opening Ceremonies, Annual Business MeetingNGS Prsident Joan Firestone
915am Welcome to OSUDaniel Arp, Dean OSU College of Agricultural Sciences
930am NGS-100 Years & GrowingNGS President Joan Firestone
1020am Oregon Hazelnuts, Sustainable into the Second Hundred YearsZach Christensen, Grower
1115am Grower of the Year, Special Awards
1130am Break, Hors D'oeuvre Spreads & Vendor Visits
          1225pm Door Prizes- 1st Round
1230pm Managing Mature Orchards with EFBJay Pscheidt, OSU Dept. of Plant Pathology
1250pm Managing EFB in Nature Orchards for Maximum Production - Grower PanelModerator Jay Pscheidt- Growers- Dwayne Bush, Bruce Chapin & Garry Rodakoski
120pm Care & Nurturing of New Hazelnut Varieties- Grower PanelModerator Dave Smtih- Growers Rich Birkemeier, LeRoy Kropf & Tom Rogers
2pm Passing of the GavelNGS President Joan Firestone, NGS 1st Vice President LeRoy Kropf
Door Prizes 2nd Round