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Fertilizing with Manure and Other Organic Amendments

Are you thinking about using manure to fertilize your farm but want more information? Properly managed manure applications recycle nutrients to crops, improve soil quality, and protect water quality. From deciding whether manure is right for your farm to learning how to calibrate manure applications, this publication takes you through the process of fertilizing with manure and other organic amendments.

Dan Sullivan | Jun 2016 | OSU Extension Catalog

Chicken Coop Poop Ready or Not?

Q: When I clean my chicken coop, I put the manure in a compost bin of its own, add some straw and grass and let it pile up. I started in March and will stop mid-November. When will it be "ready" to add to my raised vegetable beds?

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Oregon Small Farm News

Oregon Small Farm News is a free online newsletter that concentrates on both commercial small farm entrepreneurs as well as non-commercial small acreage landowners. Our focus embraces organic/biological and conventional farming systems.

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Farm Profile: Walker Farms

Sarah and Randy Walker have not been farmers for very long.  Four and a half years ago they purchased a farm on the flat fertile plain next to the Siletz River.  Since then, they have not looked back.  Sarah grew up in the inner-city of South St. Louis, and came to the farm under protest.  Randy grew up in a family oyster-growing operation, where ...

Sarah Walker, Randy Walker | Mar 2010 | Article

Sustainable Livestock Production, Part 1

Definitions of sustainable agriculture usually include references to financial, environmental, ethical, social and product quality issues. In addition to those considerations, sustainable livestock production also needs to address animal welfare issues. Keys to sustainable livestock production include extensive preplanning, knowledge of one’s goals, understanding of marketing options and the ...

Susan Kerr | Dec 2009 | Article

Seasonal Changes affect Poultry

As we move into the fall months, cool weather will soon arrive, and the rain will once again fall in western Oregon. There are special considerations for the poultry flock during these months of changing conditions. First of all, make sure your birds have a place to get away from the rain. Chicken don’t like the rain and will prefer to mostly remain under cover, ...

James Hermes | Oct 2007 | Article

Disposal of animal mortality and byproducts

For many Oregon livestock owners struggling with the disposal of animal mortality and byproducts, rendering is not a viable option. Alternatives include natural disposal, burying, landfills, incineration, and composting. Learn the advantages and disadvantages of each method, and the laws that govern the process.

Michael Gamroth | Sep 2006 | Article