2012 Update on Christmas Tree Topics

Christmas tree specialist, Chal Landgren, gives an update of shipping and exporting issues, disease and pest management and current resources for growers.

Taking Aim at Pests

Management

An initial report on research conducted on two intelligent, or precision, sprayers designed for use in the ornamental horticultural industry. The goal of this research is to develop efficient and affordable sprayers that use technology to respond to crop size and presence.

Spreading a Green Message

Christmas Tree
A report on a current marketing outreach campaign which partners Christmas tree growers in Oregon and Washington with Oregon State University extension agents to promote real Christmas trees in major consumer markets.

Monitoring From a Distance

Irrigation

Researchers at Oregon State University evaluated the potential of a remote soil-moisture-sensing technology in ornamental container production systems. The authors discuss the system they used, implications of the study, and their conclusions.

A Challenge for the New Millennium

Culture

John Lambrinos, assistant professor of horticulture with Oregon State University, discusses how the fields of horticulture and restoration ecology can work together in a mutually beneficial way to improve the environment.

Safe Procurement and Production Manual

Nursery crops

A systems approach for the production of healthy nursery stock. The manual, published by the Oregon Association of Nurseries, is divided into 3 main parts. A systems approach introduction, voluntary best practices for your nursery, and the next step: systems approach certification.

Pesticide Certification Classes Offered for Spring 2013

Chemeketa Community College is offering industry classes including pesticide certification this Spring.

Bred for Success

Breeding
Oregon State University professor Ryan Contreras discusses the Nursery Crop Breeding Program at OSU and the current research being conducted into woody landscape cultivars with reduced invasive potential, increased disease resistance, and increased abiotic stress tolerance.

Protecting Container-grown Plants

Container

Pests and pathogens are a threat for growers that produce containerized nursery stock. The authors discuss how to reduce these threats by considering the type of containers and growing media they use, where they are sourced, how they are handled, and how they are stored.

Becoming Your Own Prophet of Profit

Nursery Crops

Oregon State University affiliated authors discuss production costs and product pricing which has a great impact on the profitability of a nursery business. Specific topics addressed include identifying plant costs and preparing for the future.

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