Wednesday, October 7, 2015

What's happening

Mild weather for the next 10 days.  Kind of low temps - 47-53 F.,
and highs of 66-7F, so pretty mild.  Small rain showers, if any.

Tomatoes and peppers still ripening.

My apple crop is done, eaten or juiced.  The juice was very good.

Grapes - another excellent year for table grapes.  I hear the wine
grapes have been picked with few problems.

Hazelnuts - upper valley is having lower than expected yields.
 Lower valley - higher than expected.  Good size but quite a few
 blanks due to the very hot summer weather.

The Eastern Filbert Blight seems to have raised its very ugly head.
 For years growers have been doing a good job of at least trying to
maintain the orchards.  The last two years the blight has
seemed to have just exploded.  Even in very well managed
orchards that have sprayed for EFB  4 times, the blight has shown
 up very heavily.  GRRRRRRRRRRRRRR.

No tomato blight or potato blight and it is October.  Smile.

Watch irrigation - plants are still using a lot of water.  Do NOT
heavily fertilize this fall.  The plants need to start to go dormant,
not grow.  Don't winterize the irrigation systems yet.  We are OK
for the next 10 days with no expected freezing weather.  If you
have fertilized, hope for no very cold weather for three
more weeks.

Monday, October 5, 2015


Today, Monday Oct. 5th will be warm and sunny.  The next
weeks forecast is cloudy;  temps in the the highs of 69-83, and
 the lows in 49-56 degrees F.  If you still have warm season
veggies outside, it looks like they will be fine.

Watch the evening temps.  If the temps drop to 33 degrees, cover
or bring the warm season veggies inside.

It looks like rain next weekend, with wet weather Sunday,
Monday and Wednesday.

Friday, October 2, 2015



Increased bertha army worms and
cabbage butterfly moths


Thursday, October 1, 2015

This week in ag

Good grape year.
Good fall weather for grapes, winter pears
and hazelnuts.

Tomatoes and peppers still ripening.  This year a wide
variety of micro climates and how the warm season
plants ripened or didn't ripen.

Fall raspberries - doing quite well.
Apples - doing well.
Pumpkins and squash - heavy powdery mildew.

Brown mormorated stink bug -  high numbers in Lebanon
and Eugene areas.

For the latest info:

Good hazelnut harvest.  A bit dusty but better than mud.

Lots of pumpkins at the local farms stores, ready for the
youngsters/adults to come and pick a favorite.

Tuesday, September 29, 2015


Monday September 28
 No question that the need for rain will be the lead story for
 the entire west coast this fall.  However, the critical nature of 
what all of us face should the drought hold through this fall/
winter cannot be easily dismissed.  So, the generally DRY 
outlook for the first half of October is concerning.
Ridge of high pressure will be dominating the wx pattern 
for the next 2-3 weeks. The models have shifted back and 
forth a bit, but the overall trend has continued to keep that 
pesky blocking ridge positioned just right to hold off rain relief 
for the PNW. A weak low may bring clouds/showers over the 
far edge of eastern OR and ID later this week. Temps are likely 
to warm considerably by the coming weekend, as heat from CA 
builds north - potentially all the way up into Vancouver Is.
Bottom line: we will lack for rain during the next 14 days; 
temps will be on the warmer side of hoping-this-drought-ends.

Friday, September 25, 2015

Insecgt update

Insect update:  Bertha armyworm moths
variegated cutworm moths - populations in
 the high numbers.


Monday, September 21, 2015