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Whatcom Ag Monthly

July 2020

Volume 9 Issue 7

Good Cover Crops Start Before Planting

For some cover crops are an afterthought. They are planted after cash crops are harvested or between perennial row crops and outside of seedbed preparation, are provided with limited inputs.For others, cover crops are a high priority that provide nutrients, add organic matter, counteract detrimental tillage activities, and can harbor beneficial insects.

Online Pesticide License Recertification Seminar Series

All presentations are available via Zoom and cover a wide range of topics. More details can be found in the Events page or by click the above link.

Online Course: Blueberry Physiology, Production Systems & Management

The online blueberry course led by Bernadine Strik at OSU has been very popular with seven offerings to date and full enrollment. As a reminder, “students” have access to 3 to 4 hours of narrated lectures per week over this 6-week-long course (September 25 – November 6, 2020). A new set of lectures are available each week. Students can interact with the instructor and each other through a discussion board. So far, students have included new and experienced growers of northern and southern highbush blueberries from small to large conventional or organic farms, farm or crop advisors, consultants, owners, nurseries, and extension and research faculty. Evaluations have been excellent from all of these types of students. You can see testimonials on the web site for the course.


Pruning and Training of Berry Crops, Kimifruit, and Grapes

Jan 1, 2020
A series of online pruning modules, developed by Dr. Bernadine Strik, Professor of Horticulture, is now being offered through Professional and Continuing Education at Oregon State University. The series is designed to provide small farmers…

Packaged Foods & Value-Add On-Demand Online Course

Jun 14, 2020
For entrepreneurs considering moving into the packaged food space or farms looking to develop value-added product(s), this on-demand, self-paced online course will provide a basic overview of the process from concept to market. With 3-4…

Online Pesticide License Recertification Seminar Series: Forest Pathology and Management

Sep 23, 2020
Forest Pathology—Diseases in Washington State and their Management, 11:00-12:00, Speaker: Bob Edmonds Forest diseases, mostly caused by fungi, are important components of natural forest ecosystems in Washington, causing tree mortality, producing snags and creating habitats…

Online Pesticide License Recertification Seminar Series: Fungicides 101

Sep 23, 2020
Fungicides 101 - Making the Most of Your Conventional or Organic Fungicide Programs, 11:00-12:00, Speaker: Lindsey du Toit Whether you grow crops conventionally or organically, are you getting the most out of your fungicide programs?…

Online Course: Blueberry Physiology, Production Systems & Management

Sep 25, 2020
Online blueberry course offered through Professional and Continuing Education (PACE) at OSU has been updated and will be offered again starting on September 25, 2020. The online blueberry course led by Bernadine Strik at OSU…