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The Devil is in the Process: Co-composting Biochar Could Benefit Crop Growth and the Environment

Posted by Karen Hills | February 19, 2019
Biochar has the potential to sequester carbon and improve the properties of soils when used as an agricultural amendment. However, biochar will only be a…

Could Wood Plastic Composites Motivate More Investments in Climate-Friendly Anaerobic Digestion?

Posted by Karen Hills | February 13, 2019
Picture this future scenario: it’s a hot summer day and you are sitting with some friends on their deck enjoying a cold beverage. You notice…

Shared Data is a Key Part of Integrated Floodplain Management in the Puyallup Watershed

Posted by Jordan Jobe | January 2, 2019
In the Puget Sound Region, it’s clear that climate change impacts will involve changes in precipitation that will impact agriculture, especially agriculture in floodplain areas…

Ecosystem Monitoring

Posted by Mark Batcheler | December 19, 2018
As a long time farmer and recent graduate student, going to conferences like the Tilth Conference are opportunities to go see my people.  People who…

2018 Cover Crop Monoculture vs Mixture Update

Posted by Andrew McGuire | December 18, 2018
Since my 2016 post, “Cover crop best bet is monoculture, not mix,” I have continued to follow the research on cover crop mixtures looking for…

Northwest Rangelands – Where Do our Climate Vulnerabilities Lie?

Posted by Georgine Yorgey | November 8, 2018
What will climate change look like on Pacific Northwest rangelands, which cover a huge area of our region? It will undoubtedly have complex impacts on…

Learning from some of the first adopters of high residue farming in the Columbia Basin

Posted by Georgine Yorgey | October 29, 2018
Topsoil has often been referred to as the “thin skin” of our planet, essential for producing the food that feeds us. Because it’s not easy…

Big Biomass and More Often; A Green Manure Frequency Hypothesis

Posted by Andrew McGuire | October 25, 2018
In a previous post, I argued that green manures require big biomass to achieve benefits that outweigh the damage done by tilling the crop into…

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,…
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