Comparison of soil quality of farms managed with sustainable and conventional soil management practices in Oklahoma

2011 Annual Report for OS11-058

Project Type: On-Farm Research
Funds awarded in 2011: $15,000.00
Projected End Date: 12/31/2012
Region: Southern
State: Oklahoma
Principal Investigator:
Dr. Kefyalew (Girma) Desta
Montana State University

Comparison of soil quality of farms managed with sustainable and conventional soil management practices in Oklahoma

Summary

We initiated an on-farm project to generate local soil quality information comparing soil quality of sustainable and non-sustainable systems, and develop soil quality assessment index and online tool. We collected soil physical, chemical and biological properties in spring and summer 2011. In about 65% of the fields we sampled, the owners participated in sampling and person-to-person discussion of the results we found. Overall, growers (particularly organic growers) were optimistic and showed interest to use on-site soil quality measurements. We conducted two in-service trainings in 2011 and participated in one composting workshop in May 2012.

Objectives/Performance Targets

(1)   Generate local soil quality information comparing soil quality of sustainable and non-sustainable systems ,

(2)  develop soil quality assessment index that can be used to quantify overall soil quality status of a farm , and

(3)  develop an online soil quality assessment decision aide program.

Collaborators:

Dr. Hailin Zhang

[email protected]
Professor
Oklahoma State University
368 Agriculture Hall
Stillwater, OK 74078-6028
Office Phone: 4057449566