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Big Biomass and More Often; A Green Manure Frequency Hypothesis

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

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…

Soils under corn and tallgrass prairie; research to challenge our assumptions

It is often thought that nature is diverse and that the move to agriculture reduces that diversity which results in reduced function, or ecosystem services.…

BIOAg Funding Awards Announced

The BIOAg Grant Program is one critical way that the Center for Sustaining Agriculture and Natural Resources carries out its mission improve the environment, increase…

New publication tackles approaches to nutrient recovery from dairy manure

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…

2017 In Review

2017 was an incredibly busy and productive year for us at CSANR, and I’m pleased to be able to share some of what we accomplished…

Regenerative Agriculture: Solid Principles, Extraordinary Claims

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…

Crop residue–Help or hindrance?

The production of crop residue varies dramatically across the Inland Pacific Northwest, with estimated residue production for winter wheat ranging from roughly 0.9 ton/acre in…

Less for grain, but YES for produce – My trip to Tilth

This year CSANR sponsored registration for several WSU students to attend the Tilth Conference. We have posted reflections written by the students over the past several…

Organic Waste

This year CSANR sponsored registration for several WSU students to attend the Tilth Conference.  We will post reflections written by the students over the next several weeks. Please…
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