PULLMAN — A Washington State University Extension workshop about soil management is planned for next Tuesday at Banyan’s on the Ridge here.

The workshop, titled “Management Matters for Soil Health,” will begin with registration at 7:45 a.m. and will feature a variety of speakers and topics, as well as a panel of growers discussing how they manage soil health on their farms. It concludes at 3:45 p.m.

The workshop is approved for seven certified crop adviser credits, and a continental breakfast and lunch will be included with the $75 registration cost.

Speakers and their topics include:

l “Earthworms and Soil Health with an Overview of the LIT Project” by Jodi Johnson-Maynard, department head and professor of soil and water systems at the University of Idaho in Moscow.

l “Soil Health and Productivity at the Cook Agronomy Farm” by Dave Huggins, U.S. Department of Agriculture-Agricultural Research Services lead scientist of the Northwest Sustainable Agroecosystem Research Group.

l “Biosolids: Land Application and Soil Health” by Andy Bary, a senior scientific assistant at the WSU Puyallup Research and Extension Center.

l “Effects of Compost Application on Two Dryland Wheat-Based Systems” by Carol McFarland, research associate in cropping systems, sustainable agriculture and outreach in the Department of Crop and Soil Science at WSU

l “Management Impacts on Nutrient Cycling Potential in Long-term Systems” by A. Klein, soil and water conservation research associate USDA-ARS in Pendleton

l “The Structure and Composition of Soil Organic Matter and Implications for Management” by Doug Collins, WSU soil scientist and extension specialist at the Puyallup Research and Extension Center.

l “Nutrient Management, a Key Component to Soil Health” by Aaron Esser, Extension director for Adams County and manager of WSU Wilke Farm

The panel is titled “Innovative Management for Soil Health” and will feature three farmers from eastern Washington.

Banyan’s is at 1260 Palouse Ridge Drive. More detailed information about the presenters and registration links are available online at https://extension.wsu.edu/farmers-network/education/workshops/management-matters-for-soil-health/. Additional information is available by contacting Carol McFarland at carol.mcfarland@wsu.edu or Haiying Tao at haiying.tao@wsu.edu.

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