By MITCH LIES
Willamette Valley farmers interested in growing root crops for cattle feed should consider mangels, according to a 1920 bulletin from George Hyslop, professor of farm crops for the Oregon Agricultural College Extension Service.
Hyslop, namesake of the field-crop research station between Corvallis and Albany, provided advice for growing the reddish-orange beet and several other crops in an 8-page analysis of green feed crops for Western Oregon.
The analysis is among 6,000 reports on agriculture research and homemaking that Oregon State University has posted online. The reports date from 1888 to the present.
The OSU Extension Service celebrated its centennial in 2011.
"These publications represent more than 100 years of communicating the university's research advancements for the benefit of Oregon's communities, natural resources and economy," said Peg Herring, head of the university's department of extension and experiment station communications. "Now they're digitally preserved, searchable and free to anyone in the world with an Internet connection."
The materials include annual research reports and instruction guides on everything from agricultural techniques to housecleaning.
The topics offer a glimpse of Oregon life over the past century, according to Herring.
"Low Cost Menus for One Month," published in 1933, advocated feeding young children three teaspoons of cod liver oil per day. A 1971 booklet, titled "30 Days to Reality," explained what a credit card was and how it worked.
Hyslop, in his 1920 report, praised mangels.
"Probably the most satisfactory root crop for Willamette Valley conditions is mangels," Hyslop wrote. He also analyzed vetch and rye, several clover crops, peas, oats, turnips, buckwheat, corn, kale, rutabagas and carrots.
A disclaimer accompanies most reports. "Information contained within documents may be obsolete," it reads. "Please check for recent information at the OSU Extension Service website."