Project: Health Monitoring Sites in Irrigated Eastern Washington

Project Manager:
Andrew McGuire
Washington State University Extension
Grant and Adams Counties

Goal: To find reliable soil health tests for irrigated farms in Eastern Washington so that the results of soil building practices can be measured, such as, cover crops, organic amendments, and high-residue farming.

To do this, (1) soil tests will be calibrated to the local soils, (2) a baseline will be set for those local soils, and (3) a monitoring protocol will be used at designated sites over the three-year period.

Crops on these irrigated farms are worth over $4.1 billion each year. This project aims to reduce the risk to these growers of adopting new soil building practices.