Test fires will be conducted in the Silverton, Stayton, and Sublimity areas Monday with the possibility of limited open field burning to follow, the Oregon Department of Agriculture said in a press release.
The Oregon legislature all but outlawed field burning -- starting next year. The practice remains in effect this summer, with test fires and potential field burning Monday in Brownsville, Harrisburg, Scio and Sublimity.
Grass seed farmer Wendell Manning has designed a gizmo that attaches to a "no-till" drill. It cuts a path in the dirt for new seed to be planted on the finely chopped stubble that he leaves on the ground -- no field burning required.
Bills, committees, votes, debates: The Oregon Legislature adjourned after leaving Oregon with several new laws -- and some unfinished business. Take a look at what the House and Senate did -- and didn't do -- this session.
The foes of field burning say the phaseout is long overdue, but a grass seed grower says the potential air quality impact of weeks of soil tilling will make a few days of field burning look tame by comparison.