Skip to main content Skip to navigation

Management Matters for Soil Health

A WSU Extension Workshop brought to you by The Farmer’s Network.

Date: January 22, 2019 Register  |  Sponsorship
Time: 7:45am – 3:45pm Download Flier
Location: Banyans On The Ridge Map – Directions

Scheduled Speakers


Dr. Jodi Johnson-Maynard
Dr. Jodi Johnson-Maynard
Earthworms and Soil Health with an Overview of the LIT Project

Dr. Johnson-Maynard will discuss the soil health components of the Landscapes in Transition project. She will also cover the relationship between earthworms and soil health with an emphasis on crop diversity, soil acidity, and reduced tillage.

Dr. Jodi Johnson-Maynard is the Department Head and Professor of Soil and Water Systems at the University of Idaho.

Dr. Dave Huggins
Dr. Dave Huggins
Soil Health and Productivity at the Cook Agronomy Farm

Soil health and productivity were assessed at the WSU Cook Agronomy Farm at multiple geo-referenced locations in both business as usual (reduced till) and aspirational (continuous no-till) fields. Discussed will be significant differences that occurred in surface soil organic matter, soil pH, biological activity and other soil properties as well as in crop yields and N use efficiency.

Dr. Dave Huggins: USDA-ARS Lead Scientist of the Northwest Sustainable Agroecosystem Research Group.

Andy Bary
Andy Bary
Biosolids: Land Application and Soil Health

Biosolids are an excellent source of nitrogen, phosphorus and sulfur as well as other micronutrients when used as a nutrient source for crop production.  Through the use of biosolids in dryland wheat production it has been possible to improve soil health.  Andy’s talk will cover results from various dryland wheat research locations.

Andy Bary is a Senior Scientific Assistant at the Washington State University Puyallup Research and Extension Center.

Carol McFarland
Carol McFarland
Effects of Compost Application on Two Dryland Wheat-Based Systems

Soil health and crop yield effects have been observed after the application of compost at sites in Davenport and Pullman. Carol will discuss the long-term goals for this project, as well as soil moisture, nutrient, and yield data from the first two years after application.

Carol McFarland: Research Associate in Cropping Systems, Sustainable Agriculture, and Outreach in the Department of Crop and Soil Science at Washington State University, Pullman

Dr. Ann Klein
Dr. Ann Klein
Management Impacts on Nutrient Cycling Potential in Long-term Systems

Dr. Klein will share her research from the Pendleton long-term experiments that differ in cropping intensification (annual wheat versus wheat-fallow), tillage (no-till versus moldboard), and nitrogen management (0 lb/acre, 80 lb/acre, and manure). She will discuss the impacts of tillage, intensity, and nitrogen management on total enzyme activity as well as individual enzymes involved in nitrogen, carbon, phosphorus, and sulfur cycling.

Dr. A. Klein: Soil & Water Conservation Research Associate USDA-ARS, Pendleton OR

Dr. Doug Collins
Dr. Doug Collins
The structure and composition of soil organic matter and implications for management:

Soil organic matter content is frequently associated with soil health. Producers are encouraged to increase soil organic matter to improve soil functions such as water-holding capacity, nutrient exchange, nutrient supply from decomposition, and carbon sequestration. This presentation will describe different conceptual models for SOM and emerging tools to monitor changes in SOM structure, composition and function.

Dr. Doug Collins: is a WSU Soil Scientist and Extension Specialist at the Puyallup Research and Extension Center.

Aaron Esser
Aaron Esser
Nutrient Management, a Key Component to Soil Health

Aaron will focus on soil nutrients as a primary component of soil health. We will concentrate on nutrient management across the farm that will include key factors including soil testing, plant tissue testing, nutrient removal and important economic factors. Aaron will also demonstrate helpful nutrient management tools throughout the course of the talk.

Aaron Esser: Extension Director for Adams County and Manager of WSU Wilke Farm

Panel: Innovative Management for Soil Health

Three Eastern Washington Farmers will share their on-the-ground experience with livestock integration, cover crops, amendments, and other alternative management practices. The session will be open question and answer, with experienced and innovative farmers sharing their successes and lessons learned.

  • This workshop is eligible for 7 CCA credits
  • Sponsorships are available for this event

Please see the Farmer’s Network website or contact Carol McFarland: or Haiying Tao at for more information.