Nutrient Management for Diverse Vegetable Growers: A Workshop

Fava beans in field - a nice cover crop stand.
A thick stand of fava beans provides organic nutrients, keeps the soil covered through winter and suppresses weeds.

On February 8, 2020, OSU Extension Small Farms joined NRCS and Benton SWCD to provide a nutrient management workshop. The audience included farmers who grow a variety of vegetables on small farms and others who work with farmers.

This workshop fulfilled a long-standing objective to share nutrient management information and resources with growers who farm on small acreages.

A heart-felt thanks to Teagan Moran, OSU Small Farms, who coordinated the workshop, distributed publicity, and managed the registration. Twenty-four participants attended the workshop. Presentations included:

Nick Andrews, North Willamette Research and Extension Center, Nutrient Management for Diversified Vegetable Growers presentation notes. Topics include: soil and cover crop sample collection and submission to lab; soil fertility with explanations of pH and the major and minor nutrient cycles; OSU Cover Crop and Fertilizer Calculator; and fertilizer rates.

Teresa Matteson, Resource Conservationist I, Benton SWCD, Why Nutrient Management? – presentation notes. Topics include: the benefits of nutrient management (cost savings, efficiency, environmental protection); four NRCS Soil Health Principles; soil and cover crop samples;

Lexi (Swenson) Gardner, NRCS Soil Conservationist, Tangent Field Office, presentation notes. NRCS Initiatives: High Tunnel and Transitioning to Organic.

Additional Handouts

Crop nitrogen needs – a table

OSU WSU Publications list

WSU Soil Texture flow chart