Nursery & Greenhouse

The production program integrates pest management, plant propagation, plant nutrition, soil science, ecology, economics, and policy. Current research themes include precision spray applications. Our team compares pesticide applications by a laser guided air-assisted spray system and a conventional air-assisted spray system. We also compare commercially available soil moisture sensors and evaluate their performance, consistency, accuracy, and affordability for the purpose of irrigation management for nursery crops. Finally, we collaborate with OSU community horticulturalist to evaluate new varieties of plants that may be well suited as drought tolerant ground covers in Pacific Northwest climates.

The nursery program at NWREC includes areas of focus in:

Nursery Student Internships-Currently accepting applications for 2018! Apply at Oregon State University employment page!

Please visit our internship page for more information about our Internship Program.

Areas of Interest:


  • Digger Articles
    An ongoing series provided by Oregon State University in partnership with Oregon Association of Nurseries to share research, education and extension activities with the regional and national nursery growers. The series is published in the monthly edition of Digger magazine, the voice of the Northwest nursery industry for more than 50 years.
  • OSU Nursery Extension, Research & Education on Facebook
    Stay up to date on current activities of the the OSU nursery crops program. The program includes scientists, extension agents, and educators that work with industry professionals and peers to help growers meet their ongoing needs while educating and training the future of the industry.
  • AGRIMET - Pacific Northwest Cooperative Agricultural Weather Network
    AgriMet, a conjunction of the words "agricultural" and "meteorology", is a satellite-based network of automated agricultural weather stations operated and maintained by the Bureau of Reclamation. The stations are located in irrigated agricultural areas throughout the Pacific Northwest and are dedicated to regional crop water use modeling, agricultural research, frost monitoring, and integrated pest and fertility management. The Aurora (ARAO) station located at the NWREC was installed in 1998.

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Nursery and Christmas Tree Program Internships Open for Summer!

Interested in working with nursery and christmas tree crops, assisting with research and more?

Visit our Nursry Internship page for all of the details!