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The Waldo Hills Highland bentgrass area Public Deposited

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  • The Willamette Valley in Oregon produces over 90% of the Highland bentgrass seed produced in the United States. Approximately two-thirds of this production comes from a well-defined area on the eastern edge of the Waldo Hills, east of Salem. This concentration seems to be related to a set of physical factors favoring Highland bentgrass and/or disfavoring other grasses. In comparison with most of the rest of the Willamette Valley the soils of this area are more acid and have lower levels of total bases, the rainfall is greater, and the summer water deficit is of shorter duration. Highland bentgrass is alien to this region, and to the United States. It was imported accidentally, but is now firmly embedded in the area - physically, economically, and socially. Preventing its cultivation would bring drastic changes to the agriculture and people of the region, but without technological developments these changes are a probable result of the ban on field burning that will become effective in 1975. Research has progressed well on such alternatives as pelletizing straw and the mobile field burner, but at this time open field burning is still required. Few plans have been made by the farmers as to what they will do if alternatives to burning are not developed by the time the burning ban is enforced. The information for this study was gathered by interviews with farmers, extension agents and other technical personnel, and by document research.
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