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Without big biomass, green manures are a step backwards

Posted by Andrew McGuire | October 9, 2018
Green manuring is the lesser-used option in cover cropping. Most cover crops are killed and left on the soil surface, but green manures are tilled…

How Will Climate Change Affect the Use of Fallow in Cropping Systems in Our Region?

Posted by Karen Hills | June 21, 2018
In non-irrigated areas that are too dry to support annual cropping, fallow (the practice of leaving land unplanted) preserves soil moisture for future crops. However,…

True Cost Accounting

Posted by Anne Schwartz | June 18, 2018
Anne Schwartz is a long-time CSANR Advisory Committee member, former Tilth Producers of Washington president, proprietor of Blue Heron Farm, and lifelong advocate for sustainable…

Calculating Climate Benefits for Climate Smart Farms

Posted by Georgine Yorgey | June 14, 2018
What are the climate impacts of a given farm practice?  While we know lots of strategies for reducing greenhouse gas emissions on farms, quantifying that…

Turning Urban Wood Waste into Biochar

Posted by Karen Hills | June 11, 2018
Biochar as a soil amendment has been the subject of much attention in recent years because of its ability to sequester carbon and to improve…

New publication tackles approaches to nutrient recovery from dairy manure

Posted by Georgine Yorgey | June 7, 2018
Building on our long-term efforts relating to dairy nutrient management, we now have a new publication that summarizes the various approaches being explored for nutrient…

Cryptic Species, Agriculture, and Confirmation Bias

Posted by Andrew McGuire | May 31, 2018
Imagine this. You are an avid fisherman in south-eastern Australia. You relish getting away to the many lakes in the nearby mountains. Each lake is…

Regenerative Agriculture: Solid Principles, Extraordinary Claims

Posted by Andrew McGuire | April 4, 2018
What is regenerative agriculture? Why is it different from sustainable agriculture? And how do I reconcile what practitioners of this system are claiming with the…

New Ideas for Improving the Resilience of Semi-Arid Systems

Posted by Karen Hills | March 15, 2018
Karen Hills and CSANR Associate Director, Georgine Yorgey co-wrote this post. Across the dryland areas of the inland Pacific Northwest, soil erosion and the use…

Green Manures, The Other GM crops

Posted by Andrew McGuire | March 13, 2018
Green manures have a lot in common with the other kind of GM crops (GMOs), though there are also some differences. Both green manures and…
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