Our Klamath Basin Water Crisis
Upholding rural Americans' rights to grow food,
own property, and caretake our wildlife and natural resources.
Research, potatoes, grass and water
March 6, 2006 by HOLLY
OWENS, H&N Staff Writer
“I've never had a garden
since I've been involved in field research,” said
Ken Rykbost, who retired Feb. 28, from the Oregon
State University Klamath Experiment Station.
The groundwork for some of Rykbost's research was laid before he started. His predecessor, George Carter, needing ground for nematode research, brought in loads of culled potatoes infested with the parasitic worms.
“It worked,” Rykbost said.
The response was
overwhelming. More than 300 inquiries came in from
Brian Charlton will take
over Rykbost's research at the station. And even
though he's retired, Rykbost expects he could get
the occasional call from potato growers seeking
advice. Over the years, he's developed a great
deal of respect for potato growers in the Basin.
Rykbost and his wife
Shirley will stay in Klamath Falls, but plan to
travel, visiting friends and family across the
United States and Canada. And he plans to get some
fishing in, too.
“I'll probably be around once in a while,” Rykbost said.
Photo courtesy of Klamath Experiment Station
Ken Rykbost sits between rows of potato varieties at the Klamath Experiment Station in the early 1990s. Rykbost, who started at the station in 1987, retired last week.
Page Updated: Thursday May 07, 2009 09:14 AM Pacific
Copyright © klamathbasincrisis.org, 2005, All Rights Reserved