FAQ Topic: Farming

Who can answer my questions about canning and food preservation?

Cindy Brown in the Sherman County Extension Office is a Master Food Preserver; reach her at (541) 565-3230 or cindy.brown@oregonstate.edu.  For additional information or to learn about food preservation classes offered in the Mid-Columbia, check out the Wasco County Extension website at   http://extension.oregonstate.edu/wasco/family-community-development. Oregon State University’s information on food preservation and the summer “hotlines” for … Continued

How can I get my pressure canner tested?

Cindy Brown or Sue Mabe in the Sherman County Extension Office can inspect and test your pressure canner. Just bring the lid (or the whole unit) anytime the office is open, from 8 a.m. to 5 p.m. weekdays, to the OSU Extension Office/Burnet Building, 66365 Lonerock Road, Moro.

Who can answer my questions about landscape or garden plant problems?

Contact a Master Gardener in the Oregon State University Sherman County Extension Office, such as Master Gardener Cindy Brown. Cindy can be reached at (541) 565-3230 or Cindy.Brown@oregonstate.edu. Or contact Michelle Sager of the Master Gardener Program in Wasco County, (541) 565-5494 or Michelle.Sager@oregonstate.edu, and ask about the plant clinic and available resources. Get further … Continued

How can I get my garden soil tested?

Sawyers True Value in The Dalles does soil testing for $25 per sample.  The Sherman County Extension Office has the details for taking your soil sample.  Soil is tested for nitrogen, phosphorus, potassium, pH, humus, and soil texture.

When are the pesticide core classes for the Oregon Pesticide Applicators License?

Contact Brian Tuck at Wasco County Extension Office for the current list of agricultural classes offered in the Mid-Columbia; he can be reached at  (541) 565-5494 or brian.tuck@oregonstate.edu. The core manual is sold at Wasco County Extension, 400 E. Scenic Drive, Suite 2, in The Dalles.  The Oregon Department of Agriculture Pesticide Exam is available … Continued

Is there a Farmers’ Newsletter for Sherman County?

Yes, contact the Oregon State University Extension Service in Moro to be added to its newsletter mailing list.  Archives are available online, at http://extension.oregonstate.edu/sherman/crops-sherman-county-extension-service-oregon-state-university. OSU also offers a research magazine through its Agricultural Experiment Station; subscribe for free. Use its Ask the Expert tool for further questions.

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