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.
Crop nitrogen needs – a table
OSU WSU Publications list
WSU Soil Texture flow chart