Friday, April 19, 2013
Steve Castagnoli will speak on “Innovations in Orchard Management to Protect Water Quality in the Hood River Valley” at the next Hood River Watershed Group meeting, 7 p.m. April 23, at the OSU Extension meeting room.
Castagnoli, the OSU Extension agent for the past 13 years, has worked extensively with orchardists in the Hood River Watershed to implement pesticide management practices that reduce impacts to the water quality of local rivers and streams.
He has also promoted a Valley-wide integrated pest management strategy that utilizes a non-chemical method to prevent coddling moth infestations of pear and apple crops.
Highlights of his talk will include spray application techniques that reduce drift to sensitive areas, creating unsprayed vegetated buffers along orchard perimeters, and a best management practices outreach program that includes training for Spanish-speaking pesticide applicators.
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The riding lawn mower driven by Norma Cannon overheated and made contact with dry arbor vitae owned by Lee and Norma Curtis, sending more than a dozen of the tightly-packed trees up in flames. The mower, visible at far right, was totaled. No one was injured; neighbors first kept the fire at bay with garden hoses and Westside and Hood River Fire Departments responded and doused the fire before it reached any structures. Westside Fire chief Jim Trammell, in blue shirt, directs firefighters. The video was taken by Capt. Dave Smith of Hood River Fire Department. Enlarge