How do We Measure and Manage Soil Health for Productive Orchards?
November 5 @ 9:00 am - 12:00 pm
This online workshop will include recorded demonstrations with live commentary and discussion sessions. We hope this workshop will help orchardists and field staff: understand what soil health is and how to measure it; improve their understanding of management; and identify soil health priorities and questions. The original expanded in-person, hands-on workshop will hopefully be offered in the future after COVID considerations have become more manageable.
November 4 or 5, 2020 (Your choice of dates.) @ 9:00 am
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|9:00 – 9:30 am||Soil Health in Orchards – What is it? What Matters? Results from a Four-Year Study of Soil Health Indicators in Washington Orchards – Tianna DuPont, Andy McGuire, Bernardita Sallato, WSU Extension; David Granatstein, WSU Professor Emeritus; Tom Forge, Agri-Food Canada|
|9:30-9:45 am||Breakout discussion 1. Q&A on soil health rest results|
|9:45-10:00 am||Mulches: Mow and Blow, Wood Chips and Living Covers – David Granatstein, WSU Extension|
|10:00-10:15 am||Breakout discussion 2: What are you doing to increase OM/ manage water in your orchard? What additional research/ info would you like to see?|
|10:15-10:30 am||Bio-renovation Using Anaerobic Soil Disinfestation and Brassica Seedmeal – Shashika Hewavitharana, Cal Poly|
|10:30-10:45 am||How soil health management practices affect plant-parasitic nematodes and root health – Tom Forge, Agri-Food Canada|
|10:45-11:00 am||Breakout 3: Challenges and solutions for managing soil borne disease/ nematodes?|
|11:00-11:15 am||Techniques to Maintain Adequate Plant Nutrition Lee Kalcsits, WSU Horticulture|
|11:15-11:30 am||Breakout 4: Plant nutrition challenges and questions|
|11:30-11:45 am||Prioritizing soil health research and extension for 2021 and beyond. Survey and discussion.|
|11:45- Noon||Evaluation and closing.|
Tianna DuPont, email@example.com (509) 293-8758
Funding Sources This project was supported by grants from the Washington State Tree Fruit Research Commission Thank you to all our grower collaborators.
Extension programs and employment are available to all without discrimination. Evidence of noncompliance may be reported through your local Extension office. Reasonable accommodations will be made for persons with disabilities and special needs who contact Tianna DuPont at (509) 293-8758 firstname.lastname@example.org at least two weeks prior to the event.