2016 D5 – Cover Crops in Production Agriculture Discussion Panel
Presenters: Doug Collins, WSU CSNAR; Jim Baird, Cloudview Ecofarms; Jim McGreevy, Cloudview Ecofarms; Brad Bailie, Lenwood Farms
With an increased understanding of soils and soil fertility, farmers can better manage this important resource. This workshop will cover soil formation and the relationship between fertility, soil health and tilth. We will discuss the physical properties of soil, soil nutrient pools, the importance of nitrogen and how to interpret a soil test. Specific sustainable farming practices such as cover cropping and adding compost, manure, and organic fertilizers can increase soil productivity and incorporation of these techniques in soil building will also be covered.