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Soil texture determines how much and how often to water

It's a myth that lawns and gardens in sandy soil need more water than other soils

Jun 15, 2012 | 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 ...

Sam Angima | Apr 2011 | OSU Extension Catalog

Interpreting Compost Analyses

Compost can return nutrients and organic matter to the soil, a proven practice for soil health enhancement. It can improve crop growth and provide environmental benefits by improving soil tilth and the soil’s capacity to absorb...

Dan Sullivan, Linda Brewer | Oct 2018 | OSU Extension Catalog

Worksheet for Calculating Biosolids Application Rates in Agriculture

Biosolids are a byproduct of municipal wastewater treatment. Raw sewage solids must be processed to meet U.S. Environmental Protection Agency standards before they can be called biosolids. This worksheet provides step-by-step ...

Dan Sullivan | Sep 2018 | OSU Extension Catalog

Is charcoal a good soil amendment?

Q: Do you have published, current, projected , research in the effects of charcoal amendment to agricultural soils/forest soils?

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Are ashes good for my soil?

Q: Can fireplace ash be used in the garden successfully or is it harmful to the soil?

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Soil Survey Resources for Small Farms

Learning about the different types of soils on a farm is invaluable. Oregon alone has nearly 1,000 different kinds of soil, ranging from deep to shallow, clayey to sandy, nearly level to steeply sloping. These differences are ...

Mar 2018 | Collection

Soil Improvement and Cover Crop Resources for Small Farms

Even though different soils have some properties that cannot be changed, such as texture, soil quality can be improved by implementing good management strategies. Soils can be improved for water holding capacity, drainage, structure,...

Apr 2018 | Collection

Camelina Nutrient Management Guide for the Pacific Northwest

Camelina is a drought-tolerant, low-input, oilseed crop grown throughout the U.S. Pacific Northwest. This publication provides soil fertility recommendations—including nitrogen, phosphorus, potassium, sulfur, and soil pH adjustments—for ...

Don Wysocki, Tracy Wilson, Amber Moore | Feb 2019 | OSU Extension Catalog

Heavy metals in urban soils: Best practices to stay safe

Q: Given the recent news on emissions of heavy metals in Portland, I'm looking for information on which vegetables take up these pollutants from the soil. What else should I be concerned about?

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