Insights from our 2020 Data

Project Type: Farmer/Rancher
Funds awarded in 2019: $24,800.00
Projected End Date: 01/01/2022
Grant Recipient: Your Neighborhood Christmas Tree Farm
Region: Western
State: Colorado
Principal Investigator:
Elizabeth Black
Your Neighborhood Christmas Tree Farm
Description:
We analyzed trends from 148 soil samples from Boulder, Weld and Larimer counties in Colorado. We found: 1. Soil Health Scores tend to decrease with increasing pH, and increase with increasing water availability. 2. Loam and sandy-clay-loam soils tend to have higher Soil Health Scores than clay or sandy soil, but are relatively rare here. 3. Excessive phosphorus levels are a problem for growers using frequent manure amendments, especially organic growers and home gardeners. 4. Soil Health Scores and soil organic matter tend to increase as days of living cover increase. 5. Growers who test their soil in the fall tend to have higher Soil Health Scores than growers who test their soil in the spring.
Type:
Article/Newsletter/Blog
File:
Author:
Elizabeth Black, Citizen Science Soil Health Project
Target audiences:
Farmers/Ranchers; Researchers; Consumers
Ordering info:
Elizabeth Black
Elizabeth@ElizabethBlackArt.com
Your Neighborhood Christmas Tree Farm
4340 13th St
Boulder, CO 80304-0801
3034497532
Cost: $0.00
This product is associated with the project "The Citizen Science Soil Health Project"
Any opinions, findings, conclusions, or recommendations expressed in this publication are those of the author(s) and do not necessarily reflect the view of the U.S. Department of Agriculture or SARE.