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2020 Soil Health Workshops

Thank you for participating in the January 15 and 16 2020 Soil Health Workshops!  Based on the feedback we received, we will be offering three free additional smaller "Work Sessions" that focus on diving deeper into innovative soil health solutions. (See Below for Dates) 

Soil Health in Eastern Washington: Little Things, Big Impact

January 15th, 2020 8:00am to 4:00pm  Venue: Courtyard Marriott Pullman, WA

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Speakers

Topics

Professor Lynn Carpenter Boggs

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. Lynne Carpenter-Boggs: Professor WSU Department of Crop and Soil Science

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Dr. Jeremy Hansen USDA-ARS

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. Jeremy Hansen: Research Soil Scientist USDA-ARS Northwest Agroecosystems Research Unit- Pullman, WA

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Dr. Maren Frieson, WSU

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. Maren Friesen: Assistant Professor in Department of Crop and Soil Science – Pullman, WA

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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. Dave Huggins: Research Soil Scientist with USDA-ARS Sustainable Agroecosystems Research Unit

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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. Catherine Reardon: Research Microbiologist USDA-ARS- Pendleton, OR

Dr. Isaac Madsen WOCS

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.

Dr. Isaac Madsen: Extension Agronomist WSU Department of Crop and Soil Science – Pullman, WA

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Chad Kruger, Director of Northwestern Washington Research & Extension Center

Funding for Soil Health

This presentation will provide an overview of on-farm research funding opportunities offered by Western SARE. The status of Washington State’s Soil Health Initiative and related legislation will also be reviewed.

Chad Kruger: Director of Northwestern Washington Research & Extension Center, Puyallup Research & Extension Center, and Center for Sustaining Agriculture and Natural Resources- Washington State University

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WSFN

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.

By Mike Nestor and Mike Poole

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Palouse Soil Acidity in 2020

January 16th, 2020 8:00am to 4:00pm  Venue: Courtyard Marriott Pullman, WA

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Speakers

Topics

Dr. Haiying Tao, Crop & Soil Scientist, WSU

Soil Acidity 101

Worldwide, soil acidification is a major soil health problem limiting crop yield and quality. In the past decade, soil acidification has become a growing concern for dry land crop production in the Pacific Northwest. We will discuss the causes of soil acidification, the effects of soil acidification on soil health and crop yield and quality, and methods of amelioration.  

Dr. Haiying Tao – Assistant Professor and Nutrient Management Specialist in the Department of Crops and Soil Sciences: WSU Pullman

 

Dr. Rick Engel

Soil Acidification of Cultivated Fields in Semi-Arid Montana: Adaptation and Challenges to Remediation

Farmers in parts of Montana are experiencing crop growth reductions or complete crop failures as a result of soil acidification and Al toxicity. This presentation will discuss results from recently initiated on‐farm trials that include sugar beet lime applications, seed‐placed P and cultivar selection; and to discuss some of the challenges to soil acidity remediation in Montana

Dr. Rick Engel Professor in the Land Resources and Environmental Science Department: Montana State University, Bozeman

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Dr. Tim Paulitz, USDA WSU

Soil pH and Soil Microbes: Cause and Effect

We will discuss how liming affects bacterial communities in the soil, especially those involved in nitrification which produces the low pH. These results are from liming trials in WA, OR and ID. We also describe bacterial communities that are adapted to acid soil layers in direct-seed systems.  It is critical to understand the role of soil microbes to develop management strategies for this long term problem of soil acidity.


Dr. Tim Paulitz – USDA-ARS Research Plant Pathologist, Pullman

Co-authors: Daniel Schlatter, Chuntao Yin, Christina Hagerty and Kurt Schroeder 

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Long-term Soil Acidification, Obvious and Hidden Dangers

What we know, don’t know, and progress toward managing soil pH.

Dr. Dave Huggins: Research Soil Scientist with USDA-ARS Sustainable Agroecosystems Research Unit

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Dr. Tim Murray, WSU

Effects of Soil Acidity on Wheat Diseases

Dr. Murray will describe the effect of soil acidity on several wheat diseases of importance in the Inland Pacific Northwest and ways to mitigate its impact. He will describe preliminary results of research using alternative liming products such as fly ash and biochar to mitigate the impact of pH on disease, mineral nutrition, and aluminum toxicity.

Dr. Tim Murray – Professor and Chair, Department of Plant Pathology, WSU Pullman

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Dr. Kurt Schroeder, University of Idaho

Managing soil acidification in cereal-based cropping systems

This presentation will provide an update on a long-term study in northern Idaho to study the impact of liming on crop performance and changes in soil chemistry.  Lime application is costly, but the benefits will be realized over multiple years.  This project is just entering its fourth year and a summary of returns on this capital investment will be discussed.  In addition to liming research, there will be an update on screening for aluminum tolerance in wheat.

Dr. Kurt Schroeder: Assistant Professor and Cropping Systems Agronomist at University of Idaho, Moscow

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Dr. Jim Durfey

The application question

This presentation will discuss addressing the logistics of lime application. Various materials lend themselves to equipment considerations as an important component of any decision to apply lime.


Jim Durfey: Instructor in Department of Crop and Soil Science at WSU, Pullman

 

WSFN

Panel: The Effects of Acidic Conditions on Palouse Crops

Palouse Farmers Josh Jones and Seth Millhorn share their experience with the legacy of soil acidity on their farm.

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Working together for Soil Health – Free Winter Work Sessions

February 07, 2020 9:30am to 2:30pm  Venue: Courtyard Marriott Pullman, WA

Workshops are funded by Washington Soil Health Initiative.

Includes Lunch!

Register Now!   |  Directions

We are offering three workshops focus on diving deeper into innovative soil health solutions. The free sessions will be offered February 7th and 21st in Pullman at the Courtyard Marriott, and in Pasco on March 13th. Each session will be five hours long including lunch. These will be small-scale events to allow for high-levels of interaction and participation. We will frame the workshop in the form of work session groups, content will be contributed by the audience conversations, and there will be no presentations. We aim to hear from you about challenges and successes in your soil management, and to develop ideas for management solutions, research topics, collaborations, and promote the future of soil health solutions in Washington State.

Seating will be limited and on an first come first serve basis. If you would like to participate one of those workshops, please fill out the registration form below and we will send you your follow-up invite. For more information, please contact Carol McFarland at  carol.mcfarland@wsu.edu or Keith Curran at keith.curran@wsu.edu.

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Soil Health Initiative

Working together for Soil Health – Free Winter Work Sessions

February 21, 2020 9:30am to 2:30pm  Venue: Courtyard Marriott Pullman, WA

Workshops are funded by Washington Soil Health Initiative.

Includes Lunch!

Register Now!   |  Directions

We are offering three workshops focus on diving deeper into innovative soil health solutions. The free sessions will be offered February 7th and 21st in Pullman at the Courtyard Marriott, and in Pasco on March 13th. Each session will be five hours long including lunch. These will be small-scale events to allow for high-levels of interaction and participation. We will frame the workshop in the form of work session groups, content will be contributed by the audience conversations, and there will be no presentations. We aim to hear from you about challenges and successes in your soil management, and to develop ideas for management solutions, research topics, collaborations, and promote the future of soil health solutions in Washington State.

Seating will be limited and on an first come first serve basis. If you would like to participate one of those workshops, please fill out the registration form below and we will send you your follow-up invite. For more information, please contact Carol McFarland at  carol.mcfarland@wsu.edu or Keith Curran at keith.curran@wsu.edu.

Register Now!

 

Soil Health Initiative

Working together for Soil Health – Free Winter Work Sessions

March 13, 2020 9:30am to 2:30pm  Venue: RedLion Inn, Pasco, Wa.

Workshops are funded by Washington Soil Health Initiative.

Includes Lunch!

This Event  Has Been Cancelled Due to Concerns Related to COVID-19 Virus.

We are offering three workshops focus on diving deeper into innovative soil health solutions. The free sessions will be offered February 7th and 21st in Pullman at the Courtyard Marriott, and in Pasco on March 13th. Each session will be five hours long including lunch. These will be small-scale events to allow for high-levels of interaction and participation. We will frame the workshop in the form of work session groups, content will be contributed by the audience conversations, and there will be no presentations. We aim to hear from you about challenges and successes in your soil management, and to develop ideas for management solutions, research topics, collaborations, and promote the future of soil health solutions in Washington State.

Seating will be limited and on an first come first serve basis. If you would like to participate one of those workshops, please fill out the registration form below and we will send you your follow-up invite. For more information, please contact Carol McFarland at  carol.mcfarland@wsu.edu or Keith Curran at keith.curran@wsu.edu.

Register Now!

 

Soil Health Initiative