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01-30-2015 08:15:50

Weather update

After the Super Bowl expect the Super Soak as Rufus at the WxCafe® has a pineapple express aimed right us. Robin

Friday January 30


Words that will dominate conversation over the several days: chicken wings, air pressure, twelve, commercials, pineapple.  Does the last one have you curious?  Well, fill up that mug and let's start an e-conversation.


Dry & rather mild for the PNW through Super Bowl game time.  A push of showers may arrive after half-time, give or take a few bags of chips & some wings.  Damp overnight into Monday, and wet Mon & Groundhog Day.  Cold air will bottle-up just north of the border - and should drift east.  The brief dry break mid-week will yield to an extremely wet period of days, with the potential for localized flooding from northern CA to western WA.  In a word: pineapple.  A notable "Pineapple Express" pattern may develop, with strong SW flow aloft driving tropical moisture right into our area for up to 3-4 days.  Yes, we don't have a lock on this yet, but the potential pattern warrants an early awareness on our part.  


Analysis: A very deep, COLD upper level low trough will drop over the Gulf of Alaska, with the 'jet stream' zooming at high speeds along the south/southwest margin of that low and modeled to drive moisture laden surface systems directly the PNW starting late next Thu, Feb 5.  Indications are for the general air mass over our region to be on the warmer side of the action, which would translate into heavy rainfall, even at higher elevations, potentially rising stream/river to flood levels.  Not much 'snow' to capture the moisture where we need it: in the pack.  Of course, if the 'jet' tracks further south, we'd get more decent snow, CA gets the warm wet stuff; if the 'jet' turns north off the OR coast, we return to the dry, mild conditions that dominated January.  All that said, models have been consistent with a WET outlook in the Feb 5-10 period.  Again, latest solutions literally pour water on us for days.


Big snow/winter event to repeat itself this weekend and again Monday over the eastern portions of the country.  Your host will turn 62 at 34,000 ft making way for Akron Ohio on Game Day, while you hear about air pressure, pay attention to commercials and tackle the munchies.  This twelver does NOT want to get stuck in Atlanta (follow @thewxcafe).


Back to the topic.  Heavy rain will let up for a breather on the 11th & 12th.  More precip on the way to close out the second week of February.  Valentine's Day weekend is trending DRY, mild.


Lots of stuff to wrap your mind around, but hey, you're good at that, right?


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Weather update

01-28-2015 08:46:01

Corrected link - Common insect pests and diseases of Sitka spruce on the Oregon coast.

Looks like there was an error with the link for the publication. Here is the corrected link. Sorry about that. Thanks to the sharp-eyed editors out there. Robin

Sitka spruce pest pub

01-28-2015 08:30:02

Common insect pests and diseases of Sitka spruce on the Oregon coast

There is a new OSU Extension publication that might be of interest. EM 9105, Common insect pests and diseases of Sitka spruce on the Oregon coast. Written by Jim Reeb and David Shaw in the College of Forestry. It has nice color images and some of the information is relevant for nurseries and landscapes. 23 pages, No Charge.  Robin

Sitka spruce pests

01-27-2015 16:48:11

FREE Family Farm Succession Workshop

FREE Family Farm Succession Workshop

What does the future hold for your farm? If this is a question that you have been considering, you may be interested in a free family farm succession program being offered on Tuesday, February 3 from 6-9 pm at the Milwaukie Center, 5440 SE Kellogg Creek Drive, Milwaukie, OR 97222. This program is sponsored by East Multnomah Soil and Water Conservation District (EMSWCD), Clackamas County Soil and Water Conservation District (CCSWCD) and the Austin Family Busness Program at Oregon State University. Light refreshments will be served.

Why is this important?

The average age of farmers in Oregon is now over 59 years and many family farms are facing a transfer between generations or to someone outside of the family. There are many important issues for farm families to consider when retiring from farming. Can the current owners afford to retire, do the kids want to keep farming, and how to transfer the farm’s assets, are some of the important issues that have to be addressed.

“The Districts want to help farmers stay in business and keep good land in production,” said Rick McMonagle, Manager of EMSWCD’s Land Legacy Program. “Providing producers with reliable information about how to transfer the farm to the next generation, is one important part of a sometimes complicated process,” he said.

Who will be speaking?

This program features three prominent experts in farm transitions:

June Wiyrick Flores, Miller Nash Graham & Dunn, LLP, is an attorney who focuses on developing and implementing succession strategies for families, family businesses and closely held businesses.

Michael Menzies, farmer and financial planner at Pembroke Asset Advisors, LLC in Beaverton, OR, who works directly with farm families to find practical solutions to their financial issues.

Sherri Noxel, Ph.D., Director of the Austin Family Business Program at Oregon State University, leads many classes and workshops in farm succession planning throughout Oregon.

For additional information contact:

Rick McMonagle, EMSWCD, at 503-935-5374 or 971-271-9281
Tom Salzer, CCSWCD, at 503-210-6001
Sherri Noxel, OSU-Austin Family Business Program, at 800-859-7609


01-27-2015 16:29:46

Combining Effective IPM and Pesticide Risk Management in Nurseries

If you own a nursery in the Clackamas River watershed or near a stream, then you may be interested in attending this upcoming workshop, Combining Effective IPM and Pesticide Risk Management in Nurseries. Workshop will be held February 3, 2015 from 9 a.m. to noon at the Boring -Damascus Grange, located at 27861 SE Grange St., Boring OR.

This workshop is free and offers 2 pesticide license recertification credit hours (1 core credit and 2 regular credits).

Come to learn about preventing commonly-found pesticides from reaching Clackamas Basin surface waters. Discussion will include:

  • IPM alternatives to the pesticides that are commonly used
  • effective application management for pesticides that currently have no alternatives

Also addressed will be the possibility of having to replace neonicotinoid uses in some nursery markets. This discussion will include the IPM challenges associated with returning to older chemistries that the neonicotinoids originally replaced.

Who are the speakers?

Kevin Masterson – Oregon Department of Environmental Quality, Toxics Coordinator

Update on Clackamas River water quality

Robin Rosetta – OSU North Willamette Research and Education Center , Regional Extension Educator

IPM that addresses frequently detected pesticides and neonicotinoid replacement

Paul Jepson – Integrated Plant Protection Center, Director

Simple guidelines for minimizing pesticide risks

What to do next?

We recommend an RSVP, so we have enough seats and snacks! Call 503-210-6000 or e-mailCathy McQueeney,

Come early for a cup of coffee and a chance to network/visit with other nursery folks!

Who is sponsoring this event?

Oregon State University College of Agricultural Sciences

Integrated Plant Protection Center

Oregon Department of Environmental Quality

Oregon Environmental Council

Clackamas County Soil and Water Conservation District

Clackamas River Water Providers

Clackamas River Basin Council


IPM and risk management

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