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|Articles - March 2014|
|Tuesday, February 25, 2014|
BY LINDA BAKER
A blueberry bush is a blueberry bush — except when it’s a blueberry tree. Horticulturists at Oregon State University are testing a novel scientific concept: a grafted blueberry tree aimed at making the blueberry-harvesting process more efficient, a boon in Oregon, which harvested about 70 million pounds in 2013. Growers typically use machine harvesters with catch plates to collect blueberries. But because bushes have multiple stems, about 15% to 25% of the blueberry harvest is lost, says Wei Qiang Yang, a horticulturist with the OSU Extension Service. “The plates can’t circle the branches very well,” he says. A single-stem blueberry tree may also have advantages for soil adaptation and weed management. Yang is working with the Oregon Blueberry Commission and the National University of Florida on a multiyear project to test the commercial potential — including yield and quality — of blueberry trees, which could be ready for release to nurseries in about five years. The pioneering process involved grafting three varieties — the Aurora, Draper and Liberty — onto wild blueberry trees, the first time a bush has been grafted to a tree for the purpose of commercial fruit production. “It’s very intriguing for a plant scientist,” Yang says.
Thursday, August 06, 2015
Car and ride sharing services have taken urban areas by storm. Low-income and suburban communities are left at the curb.
Friday, July 10, 2015
BY DAN COOK
The Affordable Care Act has triggered a rush on health care plan redesign, a process fraught with hidden costs and consequences.
Monday, July 13, 2015
BY JACOB PALMER
Dean of the Atkinson Graduate School of Management, Willamette University
Wednesday, August 05, 2015
BY KEN MAES
A huge migration from Northern California has contributed to average 16% growth per year since 1990.
Thursday, July 09, 2015
The sweltering weather didn't keep the crowds away. Although the numbers were down slightly from last year, the Oregon Food Bank raised $850,636 to fight hunger. About 80,000 people attended despite temperatures in the upper 90s.
Friday, August 21, 2015
Renee Spears, founder and owner of Portland-based Rose City Mortgage, is hot to trot to sell pot.
Friday, July 17, 2015
Photographer Jason Kaplan takes a look at Murray's Pharmacy in Heppner. The family owned business is run by John and Ann Murray, who were featured in our July/August cover story: 10 Innovators in Rural Health Care.
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Oregon Sick Leave is here, and changes to the federal white-collar worker regulations are on the way. This workshop will prepare you for both. We invite you to participate in an interactive discussion on how to start planning now for the future impact on your operations and finances.
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