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The secret life of soil

A jungle of minute creatures are found in healthy soil.

Peg Herring | Jan 8, 2010 | News Story

Soil Acidity in Oregon: Understanding and Using Concepts for Crop Production

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.

Dan Sullivan, Andy Hulting, Nicole Anderson | Jul 2013 | OSU Extension Catalog

Managing Salt-Affected Soils 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 ...

Dan Sullivan | Nov 2007 | OSU Extension Catalog

Living on The Land: Soil Health Principles

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...

Brian Tuck | Oct 2015 | OSU Extension Catalog

Sand, silt or clay? Texture says a lot about soil

Clay is not as bad as you might think, as long as it has organic material

Kym Pokorny | Jul 28, 2017 | News Story

Best Management Practices for Maintaining Soil Productivity in the Douglas-fir Region

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.

Sam Angima | Apr 2011 | OSU Extension Catalog

Stick a thermometer in the soil before planting vegetables

Using a thermometer to monitor the soil takes the guess work out of when to plant vegetables.

Kym Pokorny | Mar 30, 2018 | News Story

Acidifying Soil for Crop Production: Inland Pacific Northwest

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.

Don Wysocki | Sep 2007 | OSU Extension Catalog

Monitoring Soil Nutrients in Dryland Systems Using Management Units

Focuses on how to design a soil nutrient monitoring strategy using management units or zones for soil testing and nutrient application. This approach is designed to provide better information to make nutrient management decisions at a reasonable cost. Using a management unit approach, a grower can vary the amount and type of nutrient applications within a field. Two examples of...

Don Wysocki, Larry Lutcher, Mary Corp | Nov 2006 | OSU Extension Catalog

Set seeds on the right path with homemade soil mixture

Plant for spring vegetable garden by making seed-starting medium

Kym Pokorny | Jan 22, 2016 | News Story