A jungle of minute creatures are found in healthy soil.
Soil acidity, expressed by low soil pH, causes reduced crop growth and significant economic loss. It is the most commonly overlooked and poorly understood yield-limiting factor in western Oregon and a developing concern in eastern Oregon. This publication describes the concept of soil acidity and the limitations it causes for crop production.
This publication describes the soil tests commonly used in evaluating salt-affected soils in the western United States and gives general guidelines for test interpretation. It will help readers: (1) understand how sodium, calcium, and magnesium affect soil structure; (2) request appropriate soil analyses from commercial laboratories; (3) interpret soil test data; (4) choose appropriate ...
This publication is part of the Living on the Land series. It provides concise information on to ensure you have healthy, productive soil. Topics include cover crops and role that bacteria, fungi, nematodes and worms play in the formation and overall health of your soil. Use the button below to download this publication as a PDF. Listen to the Living on the Land podcast...
Using a thermometer to monitor the soil takes the guess work out of when to plant vegetables.
Clay is not as bad as you might think, as long as it has organic material
This publication is a reference guide for forest soils productivity and management. Main topics include (1) understanding and managing risk, (2) soil characteristics that affect productivity, (3) soil survey information for forestland managers/management of soil erosion, (4) managing mass wasting risk, (5) managing soil disturbance, and (6) maintaining adequate nutrient supply.
Plant for spring vegetable garden by making seed-starting medium
Getting a professional analysis measures nutrients and offers recommendations
Explains the relationship between high soil pH and nutrient deficiencies in crop plants. Color photos illustrate symptoms of pH-induced nutrient deficiency. Explains the causes of high soil pH and presents step-by-step instructions for lowering pH.