Tag Archive: Environment

May 21

Weed, Water, and Nutrient Management Practices for Organic Blackberry Production

Oregon’s berry crop industry is diverse and economically important. In 2011, about 23,000 acres on over 1000 family farms were harvested for a farm gate value of more than $123 M. Blackberry acreage continues to grow with new growers requiring basic information and existing growers struggling to remain economically viable in a global market. Growers …

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May 21

Organic Blueberry Production Systems in Oregon

Oregon’s berry crop industry is diverse and economically important. In 2011, about 23,000 acres on over 1000 family farms were harvested for a farm gate value of more than $123 M. Organic blueberry acreage in the USA increased from 480 acres in 2003 to 1,950 acres in 2008. Blueberry acreage continues to grow with new …

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Nov 28

Use of Wetland Systems to Treat Nursery Runoff

More than 56.6 million acres of land were irrigated in the United States in 2007, of which 56% was irrigated by sprinkler and microirrigation systems.1  We are developing treatment technologies to cleanse irrigation runoff either before reuse for irrigation or release into the environment.  By developing constructed wetland and vegetative buffer design technologies for use …

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Nov 18

Meeting the demand for Eastern Broccoli

Broccoli is one of America’s most popular vegetables, worth nearly a billion dollars a year to farmers. A lot of broccoli is eaten in the East, but little is grown there. Buyers want eastern broccoli because locally grown food is popular, and high fuel prices raise costs. Unfortunately, current varieties under eastern growing conditions too …

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Nov 18

Increasing the Efficiency of Irrigation Water Applications with Smart Sensor Technology

More than 56.6 million acres of land were irrigated in the United States in 2007, of which 56% was irrigated by sprinkler and microirrigation systems. (1)  We are developing advanced sensor technology to precisely monitor plant water use, to allow for better control of irrigation water applications and increase the efficiency of water and nutrient …

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