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Are there pollution standards for bagged soil?

Q: Bagged garden soils have no information about their source or safety. I recently bought bags (big box store) and am concerned about where the soil was actually mined. There were some weird things included in each of the ...

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Getting soil tested in The Dalles

Get your soil tested on Thursdays in The Dalles.

Jul 2018 | Article

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 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

Soil quality test available for gardeners and farmers in the Willamette Valley

Gardeners and farmers can do their own soil analysis.

Jan 13, 2009 | News Story

Is a dog latrine a bad place to grow vegetables?

Q: I'm very concerned about the health hazards of eating food grown in the beds where a dog has pooped. At this point, I could build a fence around the whole garden to stop any further damage, but I'm wondering about the ...

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Nitrogen-fixing trees “eat” rocks, play pivotal role in forest health

By tapping nutrients from bedrock, red alder trees play a key role in healthy forest ecosystems.

Chris Branam | Feb 25, 2019 | News Story

Plants Causing Nitrate & Oxalate Poisoning in Pastures

Some plants absorb excess nitrates or oxalates from the soil and store them in plant tissues. Toxicity problems can occur in animals which feed on these plants.

Mylen Bohle, David Hannaway, Andy Hulting, Karin Neff | Apr 2018 | Educational Document

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

Reviewing Site Productivity Classifications for Forest Property Taxes: A Case Study

Statewide, timberland owners have gone through forest property tax law changes. The process alerted Marshall Kirby, Master Woodland Manager, to issues related to DOR (Dept. of Revenue) assigned forestland classes (also known as site class and forest class) for our timberlands.

Marshall Kirby | Jul 2004 | Article