Saturday, July 31, 2010


Tomatoes growing well - but slow at ripening fruit.

Multiple crops of great radishes, lettuce and chard.
Seems to be few insects than normal - if we can ever define that.

Thursday, July 29, 2010

More SW Drosophila

More SWD found in east Albany and Scio.
Small infestations.
Green beans doing well.
Currantand gooseberry season - near done.

Wednesday, July 28, 2010

More bugs

12 spot cucumber beetle population is emerging so be aware to protect zucchini and squash plants.
Cabbage aphid population is growing.

Monday, July 26, 2010

Reporting and Misc

To report SWD, see Blog July 25th
Great corn available.
Early peaches - very good.
Blueberries - high quality

SWD Responses

Today we have detections of SWD:
2 River Road- in 2 raspberries
1 Santa Clara - Young blackberry
1 lower River Road - Marion berry

Keep the finding coming in. Thanks to those who responded.

Sunday, July 25, 2010

More on the Spotted Wing Drosophila (SWD)

Thanks to a reader, not everyone may not know about the spotted wing drophila (SWD). It is a new insect, very similar to the vinegar fly that shows up instantly when you can fruit. See:

The first first paragraph in the web site has info for Concerned Growers and Concerned homeowners.

The SWD HAS been found in raspberries in two sits so far. The first siting was along lower River Road. The insect lays eggs in soft fruit: strawberries, raspberries, blueberries, especially blackberries and peaches. The insect looks like a fruit fly with a spot on each wing. If found, please Blog, Email: or call 541 682-7313. We need to track this critter. Controls are listed on the web site. Thanks.

Saturday, July 24, 2010


Spotted wing Drosophila (SWD) found in raspberries, but light infestation. Be aware that it is showing up in the soft berries. Prediction - raspberries, maybe blueberries, blackberries and then peaches. Be SURE to start trapping for this critter!!

Friday, July 23, 2010


Broccolli, caluliflower, onions, garlic.
New corn copming on.
Blueberries, Marion berries.

Codling moth

Codling moth have come out in big numbers this past week. Caught over 55 in one trap. The summer flight has begun.
Still few filbertworms.
Cucumber beetles are also low in number.
Box elder populations have been high and are now dwindling.
Be aware that there seems to be a lot of herbicide drift happening this year. Be careful to not drift pesticides.

Tuesday, July 20, 2010


Only a few filbertworms caught so far!

Monday, July 19, 2010

More harvests

Sugar peas - near done.
Winter and spring onions - sized nicely.
Garlic falling over - time top harvest as leaves
turn yellow and light brown.
Severe deer damage in some areas.

Sunday, July 18, 2010

Saturday, July 17, 2010


Another great growing day.
Marion berries ready.
Veges growing very well.
Irigation needed.
Cauliflower, brocolli, peas ready.

Thursday, July 15, 2010

Harvest time

Take advantage of all of the great produce being produced in the Willamette Valley.
Attend local farmers markets, fresh produce stands or harvest the great produce from your own gardens.
Time to start thinking about fall gardens.
Harvest garlic and onions.
Sugar peas nearly done, unless picked daily.
Tomatoes and green beans doing well.

Wednesday, July 14, 2010

Thank You

Thanks to all of those who are food producers, big and small. You are doing a vital service to the people of Lane County, Oregon and the world!

The safe production of food has become so important in our lives and you are a critical part of producing that safe food! Food producers get little praise for the hard work that you do!

Tuesday, July 13, 2010


As the hot weather continues, EFB will turn branches red/brown and is easy to see. The leaves will be stuck to the branch buds.
Plants may need more fertilizer.
Keep the peas picked.
Keep deer away from the garden :(
Keep an eye out for the Drosophila fly.
Grass has finally slowed down from growing 6 inches per week.

Monday, July 12, 2010


Raspberries are showing poor pollination.
Goose and currants doing well.
Strawberries nearing the end.
Cherries - depending on location are available.
Prune and peach crop yields look down.

Sunday, July 11, 2010


Garlic - nearing harvest.
Strawberries, cherries, raspberries and early blues ripe.
Plants will need watering soon. Dig down 6 inches to check the water level in the soil.
Typical filbertworm spray time, but few months so far.

Thursday, July 8, 2010


Spotted wing drosophila verified along Rive Road in raspberries. The trap caught a lot of flies.
Set out apple vinegar traps ASAP.

Tuesday, July 6, 2010


More codling moths
Few filbertworms caught so far.
Plants growing nicely in the warm weather.

Monday, July 5, 2010

July 5

Harvest snow peas, carrots, beets
Garlic will soon be ready to harvest.
Continue to harvest strawberries, raspberries, early blues, cherries. Such a great time of year.
Harvest lettuce.
Warm season plants really growing. Peppers and egg plant still being slow do to cold nights.

Sunday, July 4, 2010

Happy 4th

Happy 4th and have great harvests!

Friday, July 2, 2010

Plant away

Have a great weekend.
The weather will be warm, coll and wet - only in Oregon.
Be aware of scab, rust, leaf spot and powdery mildew.

Thursday, July 1, 2010

Spotted Wing Drosophila

SWD found near River Road in raspberries!