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OPN Soil Health, Soil Tests: The Practical Skills
April 13, 2021 @ 6:00 pm - 9:00 pm
This course was so popular, it is back by popular demand! Register now to participate in the current round of Soil Health and Soil Tests: The Practical Skills. This course costs $35 dollars for the general public, and $20 for OPN member farmers. Other scholarships are available, contact firstname.lastname@example.org for more details.
Soil health is critical to good forage management and high yields. This workshop will cover what to do and what not to do with your soils. You will learn the principles of soil fertility and the practical skills of soil management. You’ll become familiar with soil pH, limestone, buffer indices, the numbers on a fertilizer bag, compost, root hairs, arbuscular mycorrhizae, when to add fertilizer, T-SUM 200, the effects of tillage, the 5 principles of soil health, and the best way to take good soil tests.
This is a 2-session workshop. In the first session, we’ll cover principles and practical skills with pasture soils. In the weeks after the first session, participants are asked to take soil tests on your own farm. The second session will then focus entirely on your soil test reports. We’ll review your soil test numbers and discuss how to use those values for making decisions and managing your fields. To allow enough time to have soil tests completed, the date of this second session will be in May 2021 and determined by a poll of the workshop attendees.
Please note, this course is designed to give information for pasture managers in Oregon west of the Cascades (roughly zones 7b-9a). The info presented will likely have universal implications and be useful to everyone, but questions will likely not be answered about other climates and row cropping in relation to the soil health topics presented here.