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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,…

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…
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