The following describes the Dean’s challenge to the agricultural communities across Oregon for local support of the Agricultural Experimental Stations. Local growers and industry representatives, recognizing the economic value provided by COARC, developed a plan for voluntary contributions to support the station.
Growers across the three counties of central Oregon are being asked to voluntarily contribute $1/irrigated acre for non-contracted crops. Seed contractors and agricultural dealers are committed to providing meaningful, annual contributions. Vegetable seed or grass seed growers have received information from these local contractors about the suggested grower contribution of $10/acre for carrots, parsley and onions, and $3/acre for grass seed.
COARC’s economic impact upon the local agricultural community is seen through applied research, product registrations, educational programs and services, and new crop evaluation. COARC is proactive about addressing agricultural issues in the region, and providing an incentive for growers to support our research and educational activities.
A recent example is the initiation of an alfalfa variety evaluation in August that includes both conventional and Roundup Ready cultivars. For the first time, this 4-year project will provide independent feed value testing (ADF, NDF) for each of the four cuttings, in addition to the protein and yield data provided in the past. We are committed to making the results available in near real time to assist in your management decisions. This research is being funded by entry fees from the seed companies, at no cost to local alfalfa growers.
A second example is ongoing research being conducted on the amount of ammonia volatilization that occurs with urea-based fertilizers under central Oregon conditions. Losses in the 25 percent range, or 40 lbs N/acre, are common when urea is applied to bluegrass seed fields following the last irrigation in mid-October. What is being learned from this project is changing the way agricultural dealers and growers are doing business related to fertilizer handling and crop fertility.
The link will provide you with a detailed description of the challenges and responses for COARC http://oregonstate.edu/dept/coarc/sites/default/files/coarc_support_brochure_12-9-11_web.pdf
In addition, I would be happy to hear your thoughts, answer any questions, discuss your concerns, or share ideas of how we can collectively increase COARC’s positive economic impact on the central Oregon agricultural community. Feel free to give me a call at 541-475-7107.