HASSO HERING

A perspective from Oregon’s mid-Willamette Valley

A mystery crop, but only to me

Written November 26th, 2020 by Hasso Hering

To a lifelong city dweller like me, almost all the things being grown beyond the outskirts of town are mystery crops. And so it was when I went on a short neighborhood bike ride before the Thanksgiving meal.


Quiz for city folks: What’s this crop?

Written May 15th, 2016 by Hasso Hering

We residents of the Willamette Valley are surrounded by picturesque countryside, but for most of us who don’t make a living in agriculture it would be a big help if the pictures had captions as well. I for one would appreciate labels or little signs telling me what’s growing in those fields.


Seed versus seed in the valley

Written September 10th, 2013 by

A struggle for survival is taking place in the Willamette Valley’s farm economy. Either grass seed or specialty vegetable seeds may not survive. That’s the impression I got from a discussion at the Corvallis City Club on Monday. Grass seed growers, no longer allowed to burn their fields every few years, need an economical rotation […]


A yellow crop — and controversial

Written April 10th, 2013 by

I stopped my bicycle on Spring Hill Drive on Tuesday to take a quick look at this field. It looked like a field of rapeseed or, as we now call it, canola. I would have been surer of this if there had been a sign telling passersby what they’re looking at. I’ve long had an […]

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