Fungus Spreading Through Valley Wheat

CORVALLIS, Ore. –  Wheat farmers in Western Oregon may see a loss in yield this season due to a disease that is spreading through the Willamette Valley. Researchers at Oregon State University say “sharp eyespot,” a fungal disease, is infecting wheat fields throughout the entire valley. “About 2-3 weeks ago, everything should have been green if … Continue reading »

Hay Baler Damaged in Goshen Grass Fire

Goshen, Ore. — Warm temperatures and dry conditions posed a challenge to firefighters who battled a grass fire at a Goshen farm Monday afternoon. Crews from Goshen and Pleasant Hill Fire Districts, along with South Lane Fire & Rescue and the Oregon Department of Forestry, responded to the emergency around 12:45 p.m., after someone reported … Continue reading »

Kids Learn About Farming

EUGENE, Ore.– Kids got to try their hand at some basic farming skills Saturday as part of the Science Factory’s Farm Food Festival. This festival gives kids the chance to make flour by hand, pet baby goats, and learn how to make cheese and butter. Kids also got the chance to learn about growing and … Continue reading »

Bees Test Negative for Pesticides

SHERWOOD, Ore. — Following up on the dead honeybees found in a Sherwood, the Oregon Department of Agriculture says tests show they did not die from pesticides. Agricultural experts say the results lend more weight to the theory that the bees were killed by passing cars as a swarm from nearby hives crossed a busy … Continue reading »

Three-Quarters Oregon in Severe Drought

CORVALLIS, Ore. — A new report indicates that almost 75 percent of Oregon is in severe drought, and scientists are worried about this winter’s trends. “Three of our wettest months are usually November, December, and January,” said Kathie Dello, the Deputy Director of Oregon Climate Service at Oregon State University. “We’ve seen a dry November and … Continue reading »

Tree Farms Prepare for Busy Season

PLEASANT HILL, Ore. — Around 80,000 Christmas trees are grown at Northern Lights Christmas Tree farm. As the holiday season quickly approaches, workers on the farm are preparing for the busy season to begin. Whether looking for a big tree or just a little one, local Christmas tree farms have just about any type you … Continue reading »

City Club Debates GMOs

EUGENE, Ore. –Earlier this year the Oregon legislature passed a bill preventing counties from regulating genetically modified organisms, or GMOs. Many local farmers said this will eliminate organic farming because seeds are often carried by birds and bees to other farms, so stopping the spread of seeds will be nearly impossible. But those in support … Continue reading »

Deadly Sheep Disease Hits Douglas County

DOUGLAS COUNTY, Ore. — Around 300 sheep in Douglas County are being euthanized after the Department of Agriculture found they were at a high risk for a deadly sheep disease.  It’s a disease known to be deadly to sheep called Scrapie that’s back in Oregon for the first time in five years. “Scrapie is not … Continue reading »

Dry Weather Yields Large Pumpkin Harvest

JUNCTION CITY, Ore. — It’s the time of the year when Lone Pine Farms expects hundreds of people to head to its pumpkin patch to pick out the perfect pumpkin. The farm said it’s been a great year for the pumpkin crop. The 20 acre you pick pumpkin patch looks like a sea of orange, … Continue reading »

Eugene Residents March Against Monsanto

EUGENE, Ore. — Hundreds of people spent Saturday afternoon rallying against the agricultural giant Monsanto. It was all part of a nationwide protest against the biotechnology company and called for an end to genetically modified seeds, or GMOs. Protestors said GMOs can ruin organic fields, when the wind blows them onto crops. Hundreds of people … Continue reading »