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Soil Health in Eastern Washington - Little Things, Big Impact

Wednesday, January 15, 2020, 4:00 PM - 12:00 AM


Dr. Lynne Carpenter-Boggs: Professor WSU Department of Crop and Soil Science Practical Management of Soil Biology A healthy soil is a living soil. But, inoculants and powders can be expensive. We will discuss what can realistically be done to improve the biological functioning of soil. Dr. Jeremy Hansen: Research Soil Scientist USDA-ARS Northwest Agroecosystems Research Unit- Pullman, WA Soil Microbial Community Response to Oilseed Crops Introduced in Long-Term Monoculture Wheat Rotations Canola (Brassica napus L.) and Camelina (Camelina sativa L.) both produce biochemical compounds that contribute to the biofumigation effect which can reduce the inoculum of soilborne pathogens. However, the non-selectivity of these compounds may also impact beneficial soil organisms and potentially the yield of subsequent crops. Dr. Maren Friesen: Assistant Professor in the Department of Crop and Soil Science Pullman, WA Harnessing Nitrogen Fixers for Soil Health Nitrogen bacteria have the unique ability to create fertilizer from thin air. I'll present what is known about the evolution and ecology of nitrogen-fixing bacteria in wild and agricultural systems, and discuss challenges and opportunities for harnessing these interactions for soil health. Dr. Dave Huggins: Research Soil Scientist with USDA-ARS Sustainable Agroecosystems Research Unit Soil Carbon is not Soil Carbon is not Soil Carbon Answering the question of what happens to soil organic carbon during 17 years of continuous no-tillage, using long-term study results from the WSU Cook Agronomy Farm as a case study. Dr. Catherine Reardon: Research Microbiologist USDA-ARS- Pendleton, OR Life Underground: Soil microbes and nutrient cycling Nutrient cycling is key to a healthy and productive soil. How we manage our soils can shape the microbial communities and alter the capacity of soil to store, transform and cycle nutrients such as carbon, nitrogen, and phosphorus. This presentation will provide an overview of soil microbiology and discuss the roles (and consequences) of microbes and management on soil health. Dr. Isaac Madsen: Extension Agronomist WSU Department of Crop and Soil Science Pullman, WA Increasing Bio-Diversity and Active Root Growth In Dryland Agriculture in the iPNW Innovative cropping systems offer opportunities to increase biodiversity and the duration of active root growth for dryland cropping systems. Discussion will primarily focus on the practices of intercropping, dual purpose winter crops, and companion cropping as alternatives to cover cropping for increasing biodiversity and soil carbon. Chad Kruger: Director of Northwestern Washington Research & Extension Center, Puyallup Research & Extension Center, and Center for Sustaining Agriculture and Natural Resources- Washington State University Funding for Soil Health This presentation will provide an overview of on-farm research funding opportunities offered by Western SARE. The status of Washington States Soil Health Initiative and related legislation will also be reviewed. Panel: Cover Cropping Eastern Washington Farmers will share their on-the-ground experience with cover crops. The session will be open question and answer, with experienced farmers sharing their successes and lessons learned. This workshop is eligible for 7 CCA credits Please see the Farmers Network website at https://farmersnetwork.wsu.edu/index.php/workshops/ or contact Carol McFarland: carol.mcfarland@wsu.edu or Haiying Tao at haiying.tao@wsu.edu for more information about this event or registration questions.

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1295 NE North Fairway Rd
Pullman, WA 99163

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