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08-23-2016 13:50:51

China has adopted new shipment requirements for Zika-infected countries

This information comes from the Oregon Department of Agriculture. Robin


China has adopted new requirements for shipments of commodities from Zika-infected countries which includes the United States.  The USDA's Foreign Agricultural Service  has created a Q & A document related to these new requirements.  The document can be found at:[Link below: Robin] 



Gary L. McAninch

Nursery & Christmas Tree Program Manager

Plant Protection and Conservation Program Area



Zika requirements China

08-12-2016 09:36:18

Weather update

Rufus at the WxCafe® ponders on Perseid and the weather prognosis. Robin


Friday August 12


An excellent Perseid Meteor Show last night, with another one on the way tonight after the moon sets (target 2 - 4 am for best viewing).  In the what-will-our-weather-be-like department, seasonal summer conditions will be the show, as well.  Here's the latest.


Generally milder temps west side this weekend on into early next week because Nature's marine air conditioner will tap down temps with an onshore flow, esp west side of the Cascades, from Saturday through Tuesday.  Here's where we have been getting two different long-range model outlooks.


Solution A: heat may rebuild again beginning next Wed the 17th (earlier than previously expected).  Temps by Thu & Fri, Aug 18,19 will get uncomfortable as the hottest afternoons of summer may verify.  A tap-down in the temps will occur over the weekend of Aug 20,21 as mid-level moisture from the south will trigger thunderstorms over the eastern basins and add muggy humidity readings across the PNW.  Dry and summer-like all the way through to August 28. 


Solution B: westerly flow aloft increases again (think July), with cooler temps moving back in after the Aug 20,21 weekend.  Showers and much cooler weather arriving to present a rather cool, wet cycle in the Aug 23-27 period.   This solution ties into the cold air mass over building over the Chuckchi Sea, NW of Alaska, which we pondered over a morning beverage earlier.


Your WxCafe (TM) will lean towards A - keeping summer alive with seasonal, dry and hot conditions to run out the Aug 18-28 period.  Hey, definitely a more straight forward projection than that of our politicians.  


Should the thunderstorm activity move in, FIRE issues will come into play across the eastern slopes of the Cascades.  This, too, is seasonal for August.


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08-12-2016 08:56:13

New NWREC Nursery/Greenhouse Crop Production Faculty Hired

Dr. Lloyd Nackley has accepted an offer to become the new Nursery and Greenhouse Crops Production and Management faculty member at the NWREC. Nackley will begin his work on September 16 after relocating his family from Davis,California, where he is currently a post-doc researcher.

Nackley’s appointment culminates a five-year vacancy in this key position at NWREC—following the resignation of Jim Owen when he accepted a new position at Virginia Tech University in 2011.“We are very excited to make this announcement and, finally, get this important faculty position hired,”said Mike Bondi, NWREC Director. “We appreciate everyone’s patience with the process. It has been a long road with the recession, tight budgets,and a failed search along the way. But, the important thing is that we had excellent candidates in our last recruitment pool and we are very pleased to have someone with Lloyd’s experience joining our staff at NWREC.”

Dr. Nackley has a PhD from the University of Washington (2012) in Plant Physiological Ecology and a B.S. in Environmental Horticultural Science at California Polytechnic State University (2003). In addition, he is completing his second post-doc research position. Nackley has a broad background and experience that should provide him with an excellent foundation to address the needs of nursery and greenhouse growers in theWillamette Valley. Nackley has researched bioenergy crops for the National Science Foundation, developed garlic growing practices for the Korean Department of Agriculture, investigated how climate change and invasive species were threatening citrus growers in South Africa, and provided research-based solutions for specialty crop growers challenged with water shortage, pollutants and pathogen issues in the California Central Valley.

Welcome to Oregon, Lloyd!

08-10-2016 10:57:32

Oregon's Top Ag Commodities

Preliminary numbers are in for Oregon's agricultural commodity values from the USDA National Ag Statistics Service (NASS). Cattle and calves is at the top of the list for the second year in a row at $914 million. Nursery and Greenhouse in second place with a value of $894 million. See more details at the link. Robin

OR Top Ag

08-10-2016 10:30:10

Asian longhorned beetle tree check

This is a news release from USDA asking residents to check trees for the devastating pest, Asian longhorned beetle. Robin



August is a Prime Time to Spot and Report Beetles


Washington, Aug. 1, 2016 — August is Tree Check Month, the peak time of year when the Asian longhorned beetle (ALB) can be found, and the U.S. Department of Agriculture’s Animal and Plant Health Inspection Service (APHIS) is asking residents to help eradicate this invasive pest by looking for signs in their trees. APHIS and local agricultural departments need to be made aware of any infested trees and new outbreaks so they can be quickly contained to keep the beetle from spreading.


The Asian longhorned beetle has the potential to destroy millions of acres of America's treasured hardwoods, including maple, birch, elm, willow, ash and poplar trees, and others. The beetle is slow to spread on its own during the early stages of an infestation, so early detection and reporting is critical to containing it. People can also help by not moving firewood, which can transport the beetle hidden inside to new areas.


“We’re asking everyone to take 10 minutes and go outside and inspect their trees,” said Josie Ryan, APHIS’ national operations manager for the ALB eradication program. “New Asian longhorned beetles typically emerge from trees in August, so if you see any signs, report them immediately. It’s possible to eradicate this destructive pest, but we need the public’s help to be successful.”


The Asian longhorned beetle has distinctive markings that are easy to recognize:

  • Long antennae with black and white bands, longer than the insect’s body.
  • A shiny, jet-black body, about 1” to 1 ½” long, with white spots.
  • Six legs with possible bluish-colored feet.


Signs of its devastation include:

  • Perfectly round exit holes, about the size of a dime or smaller, in tree trunks and branches.
  • Shallow oval or round scars in the bark, where the adult beetle has chewed an egg site.
  • Sawdust-like material, called frass, on the ground around the tree or in the branches.
  • Dead branches or limbs falling from an otherwise healthy-looking tree.


What to do if you see signs of the ALB:

  • Make note of what you found, where you saw it and take a photo, if possible.
  • Also, try to capture the insect. Place it in a container and freeze it. Doing so will preserve it for easy identification by the USDA.
  • Finally, report your findings by calling 1-866-702-9938 or completing the online form.


The Asian longhorned beetle, an invasive insect from Asia, has no natural enemies here. Since its discovery in the U.S. in 1996, it has led to the loss of more than 160,000 trees in forests, parks and neighborhoods. Once infested, trees will die and need to be removed.  


The Asian Longhorned Beetle Eradication Program began upon detection of the beetle in 1996 in Brooklyn, New York and is a cooperative effort between Federal and State agencies to identify and eradicate ALB infestations in the United States. Given the ALB’s destructive potential, the goal is to eliminate beetle populations wherever they exist. To achieve this goal, APHIS and its partners establish quarantines to restrict the movement of regulated materials, inspect ALB host trees from the ground or from the air for signs of infestation, remove infested and high-risk host trees within a quarantine area, apply a preventative systemic insecticide to non-infested host trees, and research best practices and eradication methods. The ALB Eradication Program has eliminated infestations in Illinois, New Jersey, New York (Manhattan, Staten Island and Islip) and Boston. Current beetle infestations are being fought in Kings, Queens, Nassau and Suffolk Counties, N.Y., Clermont County, Ohio and Worcester County, Mass.


For more information about the Asian longhorned beetle, ways to keep it from spreading and eradication program activities, visit and For local inquiries or to be forwarded to your State Plant Health Director, call 1-866-702-9938.



Rhonda Santos, (508) 852-8044


Suzanne Bond, 301-851-4070




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