Wasco Co. SWCD
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The Dalles, OR 97058
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Conservation Farm
Only "living" things can have health, so viewing soil as a living ecosystem reflects a fundamental shift in the way we care for our nation's soils.
A nation that destroys its soils destroys itself - Franklin D. Roosevelt
Welcome to our new Soil Health Resource page. This page will host choice resources gleaned from various places that hopefully will be a jumping off point for those who are interested in improving the health of their soils.

This page wil also feature research from Garrett Duyck, NRCS Soil Conservationist, about his ongoing work with local growers who are working to incorporate cover cropping techniques here in the arid climate of Wasco County.

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Click on the link below to email Garrett if you are interested in learning more about cover cropping.
Garrett Duyck
NRCS Soil Conservationist
Cover Crop Research from Penn State
This is not an official united states government website and any information provided is for informational purposes only.
Adjusting Wheat-Based Management Strategies for Oilseed Production
Washington State University has just released a new publication that discusses why and how to adjust wheat-based management strategies for oilseed production.

Oilseeds, such as canola, are recognized as rotational crops that can benefit the agro-ecological and social-ecological systems within the traditional wheat-based cropping region of the inland Northwest Pacific. Although farmers can continue to use wheat-based farm equipment, management practices need to be adjusted specifically to canola physiology and morphology to optimize yield and quality.
Read more here:
Diversity, No-Till and Continuous Cropping Bring Big Impacts to Bottom Line
Read about Gordon Stoner from Montana and how he changed his operation from barely getting by to highly profitable.

"We were burning through our organic matter with this cropping strategy, mining the valuable material for nitrogen (N) and depleting fields to about 1% organic matter on average. Marginal rains and temperamental markets made wheat a gamble that only rarely paid off in a big way."

"That was true up until about 20 years ago when I — along with other growers in the region — started dabbling in chemical fallow, no-till and eventually pulse crops. Today, when you drive down the road you’re hard pressed to find a fallow field and the countryside is a rich patchwork of diverse crops, such as peas, lentils, flax, durum, corn and more."
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