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02-08-2016 09:21:29

Weather update

Rufus at the WxCafe harkens of drier times ahead. I'll be off to my old haunt Calfornia this week and part of next to work with growers down there on spray application optimization. Don't forget you can check on the WeatherCafe on the link below on Friday for the forecast. Enjoy the great weather and see you in a couple of weeks.  Robin

Monday February 8


Defense was key yesterday in The Game.  Recognizing that sports analogies are over used, it is hard to resist resorting to one now because a blocking defense analogy is the best way to describe the upcoming weather pattern.  Some will also recall a similar pattern that was quite persistent last year - a ridge of high pressure which blocked wet systems from approaching from the west for weeks at a time.  It's back.


Model solutions since late January hinted that February would be a wet, stormy, seasonal month.  The WxCafe™ mirrored that prognostication for weeks.  Well, that outlook has all but dried up.  The trend toward a drier pattern started last week, and continues to show on the charts.  As a result, a much drier forecast overall during the next 2-3 weeks is likely.  Oh sure, there will be some showers for OR and even steady rain at times over Vancouver Is / the far NW corner of WA, but the general pattern for the entire west coast will be drier than we'd hoped for our Drought Relief Program.  


Details.  High pressure, centered over ID & NV, will kick-up winds for CA and through the Columbia Gorge for the early part of this week.  This minimizes fog in valley locations.  Some showers may break through, esp over western WA overnight Wed into Thu, keeping much of OR and all of ID, CA dry.  Vancouver Is area should steady rain over the weekend, with showers clipping Bellingham/Abbotsford.  Western OR could get some precip, although not heavy, during the first half of the weekend ahead.  Maybe.


The ridge will shift farther west, keeping all but Vancouver Is on the dry side through Wed Feb 17.  RAIN and mountain snow remains in play for all the PNW, Thu-Fri, Feb 18,19.  As that weekend approaches, the blocking defense of high pressure returns, for another extended run of dry days that could last all the way until Thu Feb 25.  


Similar to last year, winter cold will grip the eastern portion of the Nation, with lots of snow & talk of the Polar Vortex popping back into the news.  It's back.


"Political Vegetarians are always interested in straw votes and grass roots."  


Meteorologists simply want to water the plants.  





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02-05-2016 16:38:50

Pesticide product Guardian ordered removed from sale, growers asked to stop its usage

The Oregon Department of Agriculture sent out the following news release on February 5, 2016. Robin


Pesticide product Guardian ordered removed from sale, growers asked to stop its usage

February 5, 2016... The Oregon Department of Agriculture has ordered stoppage of sale and the removal of the pesticide product Guardian, which is labeled for use on ornamental, food, and feed crops for mite control but also used by cannabis growers. In addition, ODA is asking growers who may have purchased the pesticide product to refrain from using it. ODA’s actions come following an investigation of the product that found the presence of the pesticide active ingredient abamectin, which is not listed on the product label.

A statewide Stop Sale, Use, or Removal Order (SSURO) has been issued by ODA to the manufacturer of Guardian, All In Enterprises, Inc. of Machesney Park, Illinois. The order calls for the company to immediately cease all sales, offers of sale, or other distribution of the product in Oregon.

The product label identifies the active ingredients as cinnamon oil and citric acid, and claims the product is 100 percent natural. ODA’s investigation was a result of concerns of product adulteration brought to the agency by a private laboratory as well as representatives of the cannabis industry. ODA’s Pesticides Program obtained and sampled Guardian from several retail locations in Oregon. Laboratory analysis found the presence of abamectin.

ODA is currently working with the Oregon Health Authority and Oregon Liquor Control Commission to determine potential human health concerns associated with the use of cannabis products treated with Guardian. Growers are advised, in an abundance of caution, not to use Guardian until a review and assessment of human health concerns are completed. Retailers and the general public in possession of the product are advised not to sell, offer for sale, or distribute Guardian. ODA is working with the manufacturer to determine the appropriate disposition of product that is currently in commerce or with growers.

ODA will be proceeding to address violations of Oregon’s Pesticide Law, which include adulteration of a pesticide product, misbranding of a pesticide product, and making false or misleading claims about a pesticide product.

Meanwhile, ODA continues to maintain a list of pesticide products to help guide marijuana growers and pesticide applicators throughout the state. The guide list is available on ODA’s cannabis and pesticides webpage at <>.


Media contact: Dale Mitchell at (503) 986-4646.


Guardian pesticide stop sale

02-05-2016 09:47:35

Weather update

"Typical" says the weather guru, Rufus, at the WxCafe. You know the drill, storm then sun, storm then sun. Robin

Friday February 5


Typical PNW February weather ahead for the next couple of weeks.  Let's go over the outlook.


A fast moving, breezy storm moving onshore later today into early Saturday.  Steady rain to start, rapidly diminishing showers on Saturday, then dry for an an extended period.  For patrons in the far NW corner of WA & on Vancouver Island, Abbotsford area, the showers are scheduled to linger into early Sunday.  As high pressure builds the eastern region of the PNW, mild conditions will settle in for all of the west coast.  And yes, there will be notable east wind pushing out the Columbia Gorge early in the period.  Fog possible outside of the wind.  A pleasant NE breeze will aid in painting a blue sky over the Super Bowl game.  Excellent conditions for the 50th.


As stated, next week promises to start out dry and mild, with increasing clouds and showers moving onshore sometime on Thu, or overnight into Fri.  Valentine's Day weekend is likely to be rather stormy, quite wet.  A chocolate covered umbrella would be come in handy.  The rainy period will extend into the middle week of February.  Expect on-off rain, up & down snow level in the mountains & breezy conditions for much of the the week (Feb 15-19).  A dry spell is possible that following weekend.  


It now appears that California will not get nearly the rainfall The WxCafe (TM) presented a few weeks ago.  Although showers are progged for over the Valentine's Day weekend in northern CA, that outlook is trending into never-never land.  The staff here merely interprets what the mighty models reveal in their oft uncertain way.  Just keep sipping that morning beverage.  


Generally, seasonal temps and periodic rain on tap for the balance of February.  Some mountain snow and pleasant sunny afternoons will also be thrown into the mix.  Yep, a normal weather pattern as 2016 continues. 


From a brisk, sunny Toledo Ohio,






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02-04-2016 13:32:53

Assistant Professor in Nursery Production at Oregon State University

We are currently advertising for a full-time (1.0 FTE), 9-month, tenure-track Assistant Professor for nursery production at Oregon State University. The deadline for applications for full consideration is Feb. 15, 2016. Please see the advertisement that follows for details regarding the position.


OSU’s Online Recruiting System (PeopleAdmin) was upgraded to a new platform on January 26, 2016. Some links from prior advertisements will no longer work.


The link at the bottom of this email will take you directly to the job posting on the OSU jobs website.  There are buttons on either the top or bottom of that page will start the application process.



Search Committee co-chairs


Robin Rosetta

(971) 801-0387 


John Lambrinos

(541) 737-3484




Assistant Professor in Nursery Production


The Department of Horticulture at Oregon State University seeks outstanding candidates for a full-time, nine month, tenure track position in Nursery Production. The position is based at the North Willamette Research and Extension Center (NWREC) located in Aurora, OR.  The position is at the assistant professor rank.


We seek an individual who will develop a nationally recognized, extramurally funded research and extension program in support of nursery crop production. The appointment is 65% research, 35% extension, 5% service.  Potential research areas of emphasis include, but are not limited to, water and nutrient management in container or field production systems, alternative soilless substrates for container production, weed management in nursery production systems, and automation and inventory management.  The incumbent will train graduate students, publish in peer-reviewed scientific journals, and present at professional meetings.  The incumbent will also work closely with the nursery industry and as part of an interdisciplinary team to communicate advances in research and to develop extension and education programs supporting the statewide nursery industry.  Salary is commensurate with education and experience.  A competitive start-up package is provided. 


The North Willamette Research and Extension Center is located in the northern Willamette Valley, the heart of one of the nation’s largest and most diverse nursery production regions.  Surrounding communities are regularly listed among the most livable small towns, and the dynamic city of Portland is less than 25 miles away.  The Department of Horticulture at Oregon State University includes nationally and world renowned faculty who explore a diverse range of questions and topics related to horticultural systems.  Information about Nursery, Greenhouse, and Christmas tree programs at OSU is available at: [Please copy and paste into web browser].




  • Ph.D. in Horticulture or related field with demonstrated expertise in research and outreach community education related to nursery crop production and management.
  • Demonstrated ability to effectively communicate verbally and in writing.
  • Demonstrated capacity for scholarship and evidence of high potential to obtain extramural funding to support Extension and research programs.
  • Demonstrated commitment to promoting and enhancing diversity.


To Apply

Find the full position description and links to the online application portal at: [See link below]


For full consideration applications must be received by 02/15/2016 and the position will close 02/29/2016.



For more information contact either of the Search Committee co-chairs


Robin Rosetta

(971) 801-0387 


John Lambrinos

(541) 737-3484


OSU commits to inclusive excellence by advancing equity and diversity in all that we do. We are an Affirmative Action/Equal Opportunity employer, and particularly encourage applications from members of historically underrepresented racial/ethnic groups, women, individuals with disabilities, veterans, LGBTQ community members, and others who demonstrate the ability to help us achieve our vision of a diverse and inclusive community.


Nursery position advert

01-29-2016 10:17:00

Weather update

Rufus at the WxCafe® notes we are going to chill in his latest missive. Robin

Friday January 29


A brief 'on the road' in the City of Statements update.  


Main aspect of the weather for the next 4-6 days will be the cooler temperatures.  Showers & low snow level conditions will prevail Sun-Wed.  Surface snow is not probable, but one will not have to go very far up in elevation to get into the snow zone.  After the system today spins by, cooler air will arrive.  The main 'jet stream' will track over CA, for additional rainfall/mountain snow in the Golden State this weekend into Monday (nice to see the hills here so green).  For the PNW, a couple of weak surface disturbances will increase the showers, one on Groundhog Day, the other Thur.  


As next weekend begins, temps will warm up a bit, under a dry ridge of high pressure.  There may be some fog issues for inland valleys.  What looked like heavy rain last week, now progs as dry and mild, with the eastern portion of the nation getting winterized.  Rain & blustery conditions are now modeled to return to the PNW in the Feb 12-15 period.  Change: always guaranteed by nature.


Almond Pollination Update:  still a period of wet, cool conditions for the almond blossom period fast approaching in the Central Valley of CA.  As noted above, there could be a break in the threat for rain from Tue Feb 2 thru Thu Feb 11.  We'll see.


From Santa Cruz,






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