Bezdicek Publications

10 Publications

Monitoring Soil Carbon Pools and Fluxes Following Land Conversion to Irrigated Agriculture in a Semi-arid Shrub Steppe Ecosystem

Chapter 19 in Climate Friendly Farming: Improving the Carbon Footprint of Agriculture in the Pacific Northwest. Full report available at

Soil carbon pools and fluxes following land conversion in a semi-arid shrub-steppe ecosystem

Cochran, R.L., H.P. Collins, A.C. Kennedy, and D.F. Bezdicek. 2007. Biology and Fertility of Soils. 43:479-489.

Alternative Strategies to Transition to Organic Grain Production in the Palouse – September 2003

Article in Sustaining the Pacific Northwest Newsletter

Herbicide in Compost

This broadcast discusses aspects of compost contamination by persistent herbicides, such as picloram and clopyralid, which became an issue in 2000. Also discusses subsequent herbicide label and use rule changes. Featured guests: Dave Bezdicek and Mary Fauci from the Department of Crop and Soil Sciences and Dan Caldwell, compost manager for WSU. Posted via RealPlayer. Also available via Windows Media.

Development of plant bioassay to detect herbicide contamination of compost at or below practical analytical detection limits

Fauci, M., D. Bezdicek, D. Caldwell, and R. Finch. 2002. Bull Environ Contam and Toxicol. 68 (1):79-85.

Effects of compost, coal ash, and straw amendments on restoring the quality of eroded Palouse soil

Cox, D., D. Bezdicek, M. Fauci. 2001. Biol Fertil Soils 33:365–372.

Persistent herbicides in compost

Bezdicek, D., M. Fauci, D. Caldwell, R. Finch, and J. Lang. 2001. Biocycle. 42 (7):25-30.

Compost quality: new threats from persistent herbicides

Bezdicek, David, Mary Fauci, Dan Caldwell, and Rick Finch. 2000. Agrichem and Environ News 174: 9-13. WSU Extension.

End-product Quality and Agronomic Performance of Compost

Fauci, M.F., D.F. Bezdicek, D. Caldwell and R. Finch. 1999. Published in Compost Sci Util 1(2) 1999. Presented here with permission from jgpress.

Sustainability of Dryland Cropping in the Palouse: An historical view

Jennings, M.D., B.C. Miller, D.F. Bezdicek, and  D. Granatstein. 1990. Journal of Soil and Water Conservation  45(1):75-80.