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Soils and Compost Workshop, On-Farm Field Day
Qualco Energy
Monroe , WA
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Soils and Compost Workshop, On-Farm Field Day
The benefits of compost are well known; early agriculturalists learned they could grow more with the addition of well-rotted manure. Today, we have a better understanding of how compost affects much more than just crop yield. It can alter the infiltration rate, volume of available nutrients, and the biological communities that make a healthy soil. The biggest long-term benefit seems to be cropping systems that are less susceptible to drought and pest problems. To help understand this complex relationship better, Washington State University Extension in Western Washington has been documenting compost applications for over a decade.

We would like to invite you to join us for our 2012 Compost Workshop and On-Farm Field Day starting Tuesday, Sept. 11, 2012, 9:00 am at Qualco Energy, 18117 203rd St. SE Monroe (just off SR 203). We'll continue the field day with lunch and a compost trial tour at Carleton Farms near Lake Stevens.

Topics include the effects of compost on soil tilth, available nutrients, and the importance of soil testing as well as a mini-course on compost soil biology presented by WSU Puyallup researchers Andy Bary and Doug Collins. Current research trials in Snohomish County will be covered by WSU Agricultural Extension Faculty Andrew Corbin. Information will also be provided about the operation of the manure-based anaerobic digester system near Monroe.

This event is free and open to the public. We request that you PRE-REGISTER to ensure we have enough lunch for all attendees. Lunch will be provided only for those that register in advance.

For more information, contact Nicholas Steele at nicholasr.steele@wsu.edu or (425) 357-6026.

Extension programs and policies are consistent with federal and state laws and regulations on nondiscrimination regarding race, color, gender, national origin, religion, age, disability, and sexual orientation. Evidence of non-compliance may be reported through your local Extension Office. Persons with a disability requiring special accommodation can request accommodation 21 days before training at (425) 338.2400. If accommodation is not requested in advance, we cannot guarantee availability on-site.


Qualco Energy (View)
18117 203rd St. SE
Monroe , WA 98272
United States


Education > Workshops
Food > Markets & Farms
Other > Green

Minimum Age: 16
Kid Friendly: No
Dog Friendly: No
Non-Smoking: Yes!
Wheelchair Accessible: No


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