We've confirmed the line-up for our 2014 OktoberPest Workshop Series. We're excited about the new three-part Pesticide Applicatiors Training Series in Spanish as well as two workshops to help growers design pest management programs which include insectary plants and reduce the reliance on neonicotinoid insecticides. See the link for more information on our workshops and registration information. Robin
OSU to interview nursery research candidates- Sept. 23-25
Members of the nursery community are invited to meet the three finalists for Oregon State University’s Nursery Production Research and Extension Position. The meetings with each candidate will be held at the North Willamette Research and Extension Center (NWREC) over three days as follows:
• Tuesday, September 23 — Amanda Bayer
• Wednesday, September 24 — Alison O’Connor
• Thursday, September 25 — Matthew Chappell
Beginning at 10 a.m., each candidate will give an Extension presentation that will focus on some aspect of nursery production based on their expertise, such as automation, irrigation of container grown material, or nutrition management of field grown material. This will be followed by an open discussion at 11 a.m.
All growers are encouraged to attend. All meetings will be held in the large conference room at NWREC, 15210 NE Miley Road, Aurora, Oregon. For details, call Shelley Hughes, 971-533-8614.
Rufus at the WxCafe® only slightly interrupts the dry spell. Robin
Sunday September 14
Another early morning flight to Ohio tomorrow, so this forecast will be constructed using Sunday model runs. Actually, the outlook has not changed much since you last brought your mug into The WxCafe (TM).
A low spinning up from the SW will usher in the potential for clouds and even a stray thunderstorm, esp along the Cascades Tuesday into Wednesday. Temperatures will cool down by Wednesday, with scattered showers not out of the picture for most west side locations through Thursday. Patrons on Vancouver Island & north of Everett may also get a second chance for showers, and extended cooler temps, during the weekend of Sept 20,21. The rest of the PNW will be dry, warm.
The week of Sept 22 should also continue the dry spell. Temps will pop up again into the almost hot category for much of the week. As we noted on Friday, there may be another chance for rain, even blustery winds in places, over the last weekend of the month. However, the way the pattern has held over the past several weeks, that rain may just drop off the forecast table leaving weather geeks with a blank stare.
Short discussion, but all that's needed at this time. Pick those grapes!
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Keep the umbrella's furled as the sun keeps shining for us based on the cast from Rufus at the WxCafe. Robin
Friday September 12
Finally back from snowy Calgary and into warmer conditions. As we look ahead to a successful grape harvest, both wine & concord, many are anticipating when our seasonal falls rainy period will begin. Ah, morning beverage pondering.
Pleasant, warm weekend ahead. The Mt Angel O'Fest will continue under perfect conditions, esp with the strong east winds subsiding. BTW, those winds were in association with pressure differences setup by the cold air mass that slammed Calgary and now torments portions of the Rocky Mtn states. As we enter next week, the wx will remain dry and warm through mid-week.
Our 'it's going to get wet, no it's not' model inconsistency continues. For several runs now, indications are for a weak system to spin into the PNW from the SW by Wednesday evening, Sept 17. It could track more into CA, leaving Portland, north dry, or it could track up across the region ushering some showers for a couple of days for everyone. This feature may end up being a cloud event, more than that of rain. After that, dry again by the weekend of Sept 20,21. We should also mention that models hint of two systems moving into north Vancouver Is on Saturday, and again Monday, which would then bring a few showers north of Everett, rain to our island patrons.
Oh, the pacific hurricane ODILE will track close enough to Baja to set up another round of high surf in southern California at the same time we may get those showers next week. The 5th named Atlantic tropical storm of the season, EDOUARD, will not pose a threat to the eastern seaboard aside from a few waves.
After a mild, warm weekend mentioned above, the last week of Sept will start out dry and under the protection of the east side of a continental high pressure ridge centered over the Rockies. By the end of the week, that slow approach to fall may speed up, with a rainy weekend in store during the last weekend of Sept. Don't place bets yet.
From the past, "A folk singer is a guy who sings through the nose by ear."
We are pleased to announce the first of three workshops in our new Pesticide Applicator Training Series. Pesticide Label Comprehension (taught in Spanish).
Luisa Santamaria will be teaching pesticide label comprehension on October 2 at NWREC in the first of the three-part series to help Spanish-speaking greenhouse and nursery employees prepare for pesticide applicator's license exams. She will take a step-by-step approach to familiarize attendees with each section of a pesticide label. This first hour begins with an introduction to the various types of pesticides. Through use of sample pesticide labels, students will learn common pesticide terminology and definitions of pesticide-related terms on labels. Emphasis will be on building sufficient comprehension of pesticide labels for the private applicator’s certification exam. ODA pesticide user and license specialists will be available to assist with this training series.
For more information about this workshop and registration, check the link. Robin