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Saturday, December 7 • 8:00am - 8:50am
Long-term effects of a single compost application to yield, quality and soil health in organic dryland wheat

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The majority of organic wheat in the United States is produced in the West. However, growers are transitioning out of organic production due to problems with weeds and soil health. We propose to present the results of 25 years of research on the long-term benefits of a single application of compost to wheat yield, grain quality, and soil health. Previous research at Utah State University measured dryland wheat yield response to dairy manure compost in 1995 and 1996 at two certified organic sites in northern UT. Yields of winter wheat increased 250% in response to compost applied at 25 tons per acre. Sixteen years later, improvements in soil health and wheat yield in the compost-amended plots was still dramatic, with approximately 200% greater yields and soil organic matter than those in control plots. 


Jennifer Reeve

Associate Professor Organic and Sustainable Agriculture, Plants Soils and Climate - Utah State University
The overall goal of my research is to develop strategies for organic and integrated annual and perennial crop production adapted to shallow alkaline soils, short growing seasons, cold winters and hot summers. My aim is to improve soil health, crop quality, on farm biodiversity, and... Read More →


Heather Estrada

Associate Professor and Agriculture Program Director, Flathead Valley Community College
MOA Board - Executive Committee, Treasurer

Saturday December 7, 2019 8:00am - 8:50am MST
Frontier Room

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