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Building Soil: A Down-to-Earth Approach

Former OSU Small Farms instructor for southern Oregon, Ea Murphy, has written a new book.  How do you recognize healthy soil? When and why should you fertilize, till (or not till), weed, and water? What’s the secret to...

Elizabeth Murphy | Jul 2015 | Article

Measuring Soil PH

As the summer season winds down, it is time again to start planning for next year’s crop. One of the areas to do inventory is soil fertility. Soil pH is one factor that gauges your plant nutrition status. A single ...

Sam Angima | Jan 2011 | Article

Alfalfa soil fertility and fertilization requirements

A productive alfalfa crop removes significant quantities of macronutrients and small amounts of micronutrients from the soil (Table 1). A complete fertilizer program is essential to ensure a highly productive, long-lived stand.

David Hannaway, Mylen Bohle, Daniel Miles, Yitian Lin, Brianna Randow | Sep 2019 | Article

Fall Pasture Management: Plant, Root Growth, & Soil Fertility

Proper pasture management is a year round effort. Fall is one of the most critical periods for western Oregon pastures, as well as central and eastern irrigated pastures. Management during the fall affects the ability of ...

Melissa Fery | Dec 2009 | Article

Composting at Winter Green Farm Improves Soil Health and Protects Water Quality

In 1980 Jack Gray and Mary Jo Wade started Winter Green Farm just 20 miles west of Eugene, five years later Wali and Jabrila Via joined them and in 2009 long-time employees Chris Overbaugh and Shannon Shipp-Overbaugh also ...

Nick Andrews | Jul 2013 | Article

Nitrate in Groundwater: A Hidden Concern

One of the most important responsibilities that come with rural living, is that of protecting the groundwater. Whether you operate a commercial farm, have a small acreage or enjoy a rural lifestyle, basic management practices ...

Dec 2009 | Article

Lime requirement buffer pH update 2019

This fact sheet describes recent discrepancies between SMP and Sikora buffer pH lime requirement tests for western Oregon soils and provides recommendations for what to do. Many soil testing labs in the U.S. are switching from ...

Nicole Anderson | Sep 2019 | Article

Composting and Blueberry Production

Blueberries are an increasingly common high-value crop for small farmers across Oregon. Research has shown that blueberries favor acidic soils that are high in organic matter. In Oregon, blueberries have traditionally been grown in ...

Ryan Costello | Mar 2010 | Article

Establishing Winter Cover Crops

In theory cover crops can protect soil from erosion, improve soil tilth, supply nitrogen (N), reduce weeds, provide nectar and pollen for beneficial insects, increase the winter survival of mycorrhyza, help to manage soil-borne ...

Nick Andrews | Jan 2011 | Article

Relay Seeding Cover Crops in Fall and Winter Harvested Vegetables

Lots of vegetable crops (i.e. winter squash, some brassicas, tomatoes, peppers and eggplants, etc.) are harvested late.  This makes it difficult to establish over-wintering cover crops after harvest. On many farms, these fields ...

Nick Andrews | Jul 2014 | Article