History - Nathanial Coe brought to the Hood River Valley the first fruit trees in 1854 when he arrived to establish Oregon's first post offices and mail routes.

In 1876, E.L. Smith planted the first commercial orchard, 30 acres of apples (Newtown Pippins and Spitzenburg) and peaches. In time, apples became the dominant crop.

In 1919 the Hood River Valley had a disastrous freeze that killed many apple trees. With that, growers began planting pear trees to replace the apples. Today pears are the major commerical crop grown in the valley. In recent years more sweet cherry trees and vineyards have increased in acreage.

Upcoming Event

CORE Training

OSU Extension Service will offer four Core pesticide training sessions in Hood River conducted in English. There will be morning and afternoon sessions held on November 13 and November 14. The morning training sessions will run from 8 am to noon. The afternoon training sessions will run from 1 pm to 5 pm.  Four hours of Oregon and Washington recertification credits will be available for each training session. Participants must be present for the entire training to receive credit. You may only receive credit for one session.

There will be a $10 charge for the training.  Cash or checks payable to OSU Extension Service will be accepted.

Preregistration is required.  You may preregister by signing up online - Core Training Sign Up or by calling 541-386-3343 ext 251.

Oregon State University Extension Service offers programs to all without discrimination.  Reasonable accommodations will be provided to persons with disabilities.  To request accommodations for any of these programs, contact me ( by November 8, 2014.

Links of Interest

2014 Mid-Columbia Spray Guide - large file

Backyard Tree Fruit Spray Guide for the Hood River Area

EC 631 Managing Diseases and Insects in Home Orchards

EM 8413 2014 Pest Management Guide for Wine Grapes in Oregon

Hood River County Commodity Information - from Oregon Agricultural Information Network

Weather Data 

Hood River AgriMet Weather Station - Weather Data

Western Regional Climate Center - Historical Climate Information

OSU Northwest Berry & Grape Information Network

Oregon Small Farms - This OSU Extension Service website provides university research-based information and publications for commerical farmers, beginning farmers, as well as small acreage landowners. There is information on current events in the Pacific Northwest, as well as on livestock, pastures, crops, soils, marketing, technical reports and links to upcoming conferences and workshops.

Oregon Agricultural Enterprise Budgets

Oregon Department of Agriculture

U.S. Department of Agriculture

National Pesticide Information Center