Water conservation is a crucial issue facing the nursery industry
Bitter cold expected in about a week
Weather prognosticator Rufus LaLone of OVS Inc. is expecting a Polar Express-type weather system to hit the Pacific Northwest, and the rest of the U.S. in about a week. Growers know what that means – get your plants bundled up as needed. For details on this weather front, head on over to the OVS website, […]
Twister touches down near Aumsville
Did anyone witness the tornado that touched down in Aumsville this morning, shortly before noon? Did you sustain any damage? I was in the area visiting Heritage Seedlings this morning, taking pictures for an upcoming article on Mahonia and evidently just missed it. I was on the road past Aumsville around 11:30 a.m. Drop us […]
Tree growers can get aid for disaster losses
U.S. Secretary of Agriculture Tom Vilsack announced today that nurseries, Christmas tree growers and orchardists can now apply for benefits under the Tree Assistance Program, which was part of the 2008 Farm Bill. The program, administered by the USDA Farm Service Agency, exists to help farmers who lost trees to natural disasters after Jan. 1, […]
Have you incurred damage from the cold?
It’s been pretty unbelievably cold in Oregon the last two nights. Last night in Aurora, it was down to 10 degrees. Has your nursery operation sustained any damage? Leave a comment and let us know, or send a tweet. Our Twitter account is @diggermag.
Nursery temps drop to as low as 11 degrees
As we warned you on Monday, an Arctic cold front has invaded the Pacific Northwest, bringing record cold temperatures in the teens to Oregon. For one particularly chilly example, Pleasant Hill Nursery near Eugene reported a temperature of 11 degrees this morning. Forecasters say this cold snap will continue until Friday, when warm, moist air […]
Tuesday, Wednesday expected to be even colder
That’s the forecast according to Rufus LaLone. Since his previous updates, the weather pattern has changed, snow is now possible Friday or Saturday rather than Wednesday. Then it will warm up a bit. So, if you haven’t already, protect any plants that are tender, and bundle up yourself.
Winter weather may be headed for the Willamette Valley
It’s early, but weather forecasters are beginning to raise the possibility that in a worst case scenario, the next few weeks could see something resembling the winter assault that pummeled the Northwest last December. According to forecaster Rufus LaLone of The Weather Café, the time period to keep an eye on would be the middle […]
How are you coping with the wind?
The winds and the rain hit hard last night, with gusts of 50 mph in Portland, Ore. and 90 mph on the Oregon Coast. How did your nursery fare? And what are you doing to cope with it? Share your misery – drop us a comment.
Riding out the storm
“It was the fastest hitting and departing storm I’ve seen,” said Grace Dinsdale, owner of Blooming Nursery in Cornelius, Ore. Last Thursday’s sudden squall raced its way through Western Oregon, bringing dust clouds, high winds, harsh rains, thunder, lightning, hail, and even flash floods, funnel clouds and tornadoes. Some 50,000 people lost power, and temperature […]