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Managing Salt-Affected Soils for Crop Production

This publication describes the soil tests commonly used in evaluating salt-affected soils in the western United States and gives general guidelines for test interpretation. It will help readers: (1) understand how sodium, calcium, and magnesium affect soil structure; (2) request appropriate soil analyses from commercial laboratories; (3) interpret soil test data; (4) choose appropriate ...

Dan Sullivan | Nov 2007 | OSU Extension Catalog

Acidifying Soil for Crop Production: Inland Pacific Northwest

Explains the relationship between high soil pH and nutrient deficiencies in crop plants. Color photos illustrate symptoms of pH-induced nutrient deficiency. Explains the causes of high soil pH and presents step-by-step instructions for lowering pH.

Don Wysocki | Sep 2007 | OSU Extension Catalog

Monitoring Soil Nutrients in Dryland Systems Using Management Units

Focuses on how to design a soil nutrient monitoring strategy using management units or zones for soil testing and nutrient application. This approach is designed to provide better information to make nutrient management decisions at a reasonable cost. Using a management unit approach, a grower can vary the amount and type of nutrient applications within a field. Two examples of...

Don Wysocki, Larry Lutcher, Mary Corp | Nov 2006 | OSU Extension Catalog

Post-Harvest Soil Nitrate Testing for Manured Cropping Systems West of the Cascades

Describes the use of postharvest soil nitrate testing as a tool for assessing nitrogen management in manured cropping systems west of the Cascades. The first section gives general information on the test and is designed for use by growers and dairy operators. The focus is on how to use the test to improve nutrient management. The second section is designed primarily for ...

Dan Sullivan | May 2003 | OSU Extension Catalog

Applying Lime to Raise Soil pH for Crop Production (Western Oregon)

This publication describes how to estimate lime application rate and lists criteria for choosing liming materials (source), lime application method (placement), and how often to apply lime (frequency).

Dan Sullivan, Gene Pirelli, Nicole Anderson | May 2013 | OSU Extension Catalog

Evaluating Soil Nutrients and pH by Depth in Situations of Limited or No Tillage in Western Oregon

Many nutrients and lime are not mobile in the soil. When applied to the soil surface without tillage, these materials remain in the top 2 inches, especially in production systems that lack tillage. If a soil sample is taken at a standard 8-inch depth, the top 1 to 2 inches, which have higher nutrient concentrations, will be mixed with the lower 6 to 7 inches, which ...

Dan Sullivan, Gene Pirelli, Nicole Anderson | Oct 2010 | OSU Extension Catalog

Using the Nitrogen Mineralization Soil Test to Predict Spring Fertilizer N Rate for Soft White Winter Wheat Grown in Western Oregon

Soft white winter wheat is grown in western Oregon and requires a spring application of nitrogen (N) fertilizer for optimum production. Determining the amount of N to apply has been a challenge for growers. Wheat obtains N from two sources: soil and fertilizer. Both available and mineralizable N can be measured to predict the spring fertilizer N rate for winter wheat by using the "N-min" soil test developed at Oregon State University.

Nicole Anderson | Nov 2010 | OSU Extension Catalog

Monitoring Soil Nutrients Using a Management Unit Approach

Focuses on how to design a soil nutrient monitoring strategy using management units or zones for soil testing and nutrient application. This approach is designed to provide better information to make nutrient management decisions at a reasonable cost. Using a management unit approach, a grower can vary the amount and type of nutrient applications within a field without the need...

Dan Sullivan | Oct 2003 | OSU Extension Catalog

OSU scientists report from Cyprus conflict

While Greek and Turkish Cypriots seek to resolve one of Europe's longest disputes, two scientists from Oregon State University are working to unite a divided country at ground level – through soil.

Peg Herring | Apr 27, 2004 | News Story

OSU researchers develop GIS tool to help China reduce soil erosion

Oregon State University researchers are working with the People’s Republic of China on development of a web-based Geographic Information System (GIS) mapping tool to help land managers find ways to control massive soil erosion in China.

Dec 17, 2004 | News Story