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09-30-2014 15:58:31

Oct. 2, 2014 – Pesticide Applicator Training Series: Pesticide Label Comprehension class is full

Hello from North Carolina!

  Our Oct. 2, 2014 – Pesticide Applicator Training Series: Pesticide Label Comprehension (taught in Spanish) class is full. We are nearing full for our other two Spanish language classes as well. Please check with Jan Egli at NWREC (503-678-1264) to check if there are still openings for those classes before sending in a check. Robin

09-22-2014 08:22:09

Weather update

Hi Y'all. I'll be away from the office teaching and attending meetings in North Carolina for the next two weeks. I hope you enjoy the beginning of Fall, which promises to bring much needed rain according to Rufus at the WxCafe®. Just in case I cannot post the WxCafe in a timely manner, a reminder that the forecast from Rufus is available at the link on Mondays and Fridays. Robin

Monday September 22


The fall equinox has arrived, so too, will a decent rainy period.  The long-awaited fall storm remains on track to splash into the entire PNW and northern California this week.  Dry weather will return, if models are to be believed.


From origins far across the pacific, the storm & secondary cool trough of low pressure approaching from the west will spin from 3/4" to 2" of rainfall into the region between Tuesday night and Sunday morning.  The higher amounts noted will be in the coast range and along western slopes of the Cascades.  All in all, a much needed amount of precipitation.  BREEZY conditions, as well, esp between Tues & Thur.  A weak front today/early Tues could usher in a shower along the coast on into the Olympic Range before the 1st fall storm arrives.


Indications are for another system to clip Vancouver Is & the northwest corner of WA next Mon/Tues, the last two days of September, with yet another such clipper arriving around Oct 4.  For the rest of us in the PNW, mostly dry, but mild weather will prevail starting late this weekend on through early October.


Second cup:  Of particular interest is the latest extended model progs that suggest the potential for cold air from the Yukon moving south into the lower 48.  This type of pattern, should it verify, often brings in cold frosty mornings to the PNW, esp eastern basins.  Not saying that will happen, just pointing out the "presence" of such a solution pops up now.  Should this event occur, it would most likely take place around mid-week of Oct 6.  Not a rain producing type of pattern, but cold for an early October situation.  Frost would have an impact on Concords.


As noted on Friday, dig out that umbrella and let the upcoming rain wash off the dust. 


Heading to Bellingham this week,  -Rufus



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09-19-2014 09:49:47

Weather update

Dust off the umbrellas, according to Rufus at the WxCafe. Robin

Friday September 19


Travel related delay in posting update, but all is well, as is the morning beverage.  Still have some left?


Another warm-to-hot weekend in store, as expected.  The turn for fall may, indeed, take place next week.  We will experience lots of sunshine & an offshore flow during the weekend.  Patrons in NW WA, Abbotsford, Vancouver Is will have a weak disturbance causing clouds and maybe a shower over 24 hrs, before return to sunshine.  A weak system on Monday will turn the winds around, for onshore, cooler temps & even coastal drizzle as the new week begins.


The big change, relative to the seemingly forever storm-free zone of late, will come mid-week.  Models have tightened up their progs for a consistent call for  our first "true" storm of the season.  This event will mark a possible shift in the overall pattern - the proverbial opening door - as the bottom third of September passes.  A powerful storm currently NW of Japan will spin off a wave that models to cross the pacific and impact us next week.  So, expect increasing clouds ahead of steady RAIN by as early as Tuesday night along the coast, then inland by Wed morning.  WIND will also kick-up.  The storm should be large enough to impact not only OR, WA, BC but also drought stricken northern California as the week ends.  A secondary wave should form to add more steady rain Thursday, turning to showers on Friday.  Breezy at times throughout the period.  Right now, no concern about winds exceeding 35 mph (except along coastal headlands) so hoops/tunnel  greenhouse systems should be OK. 


Damp wx will likely hold on into next weekend, especially if models are correct, and a second storm centers on Vancouver Is - moderate rain possible north of Olympia overnight Saturday into Sunday; showers likely as far south as Eugene, as well.  Patrons on the east side of the Cascades are also in for dampness, so be aware.


The outlook splits as the month of October begins.  There have been solutions pointing to continued series of damp wx fronts, others simply dry us out and hold the next rainy period off until about Oct 4-6.  We'll see.  Point here today is get out that dusty umbrella and be prepared for any outdoor activities from Wednesday through Sunday to be wet at times.  Yep, fall weather.


Your WxCafe would also like to point out that hurricane activity may pick up in the Gulf of Mexico, or at least tropical storm action that will spin the media into a frenzy.  IF verified, there could be a significant storm impacting the Gulf coast states in the Oct 3-5 period.  Coffee chat for now, but worth noting.




Weather update

09-16-2014 15:43:28

2014 OktoberPest Workshops

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


09-15-2014 09:08:38

Nursery Research Position interviews

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.


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