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Soil Organic Matter as a Soil Health Indicator: Sampling, Testing and Interpretation

Testing for soil organic matter helps you monitor soil health over time. Good soil management practices can improve soil organic matter in three to five years.

Dan Sullivan, Amber Moore, Linda Brewer | Aug 2019 | OSU Extension Catalog

Tillage Method and Sowing Rate Relations for Dryland Spring Wheat, Barley, and Oat

Some farmers in the Inland Pacific Northwest have reported lower grain yield of spring cereals with no-till (NT) compared to conservation tillage (CT). A 4-year field study was conducted in a 12-inch annual precipitation zone to determine tillage method and sowing rate effects on seed-zone water, seed-zone temperature, plant stand, grain yield, grain yield components, and straw production for three spring-sown cereal species.

William Schillinger, Donald Wellsandt, Harry Schafer, Steve Schofstoll, Robert Papendick | Nov 2005 | Publication

Headwaters Incubator Program - Cultivating Farms and Future Stewards No Small Task

Launching a farm business is no small task. Even skilled growers who embody the creative, rugged, jack-of-all-trades image must be able to apply sound business practices, establish and maintain robust farm networks, navigate complex...

Rowan Steele | Apr 2018 | Article

How to establish a wine grape vineyard

While the type of soil is important, location takes precedence when starting a vineyard for wine production.

Patricia Skinkis | Sep 2018 | Article

Transform fish waste into food for an aquaponics garden

Skip the soil and try growing vegetables in an aquaponics system that turns fish waste into fertilizer for your plants.

Mar 21, 2014 | News Story

Dry Farming Project Continues to Expand

Dryland farming research efforts will examine prospects for growers in the Pacific Northwest.

Amy Garrett | Jul 2018 | Article

Dry Farming Oregon

Oregon State University is known for its College of Agricultural Sciences. The school offers 25 Major and Minor options that include but are not limited to Botany, Animal Sciences, and even Fermentation Sciences for you beer ...

Jan 2017 | Article

Crops that don’t require irrigation (and big equipment)

Western Oregon has a number of small-acreage farms (40 acres or less) that have traditionally raised livestock but could produce higher value crops. But most of those farms do not have an irrigation right and perfecting a new...

Chip Bubl | Oct 2014 | Article

Designing a Whole Farm System

Whole Farming Principles and Strategies

Maud Powell, Nick Andrews, Melissa Matthewson, Shelley Elkovich, Gwendolyn Ellen, Tim Franklin, Don Tipping | Jul 2015 | Article

Top Ten Things I Learned Buying a Small Farm

Most recently, my husband and I purchased a small farm in southern Oregon-ten acres in the Applegate Valley, a mixture of pasture, woodland, hills and weeds. We were delighted when we went into escrow and could not wait to...

Melissa Matthewson | Dec 2007 | Article