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The Yamhill Soil and Water Conservation District (District) is led by a locally elected board of directors whose responsibility is to plan and oversee the delivery of services and programs that help conserve and protect water and soil resources, wildlife habitat, and other natural resources in Yamhill County.  The District is a unit of local government, and implements its programs and services in partnership with volunteers, non-profits, state and federal agencies, school districts and universities, watershed councils, landowners, and many others. 

Soil Workshops for Small Vegetable Farms

August 13 - August 14, 8:30 am – 3:30 pm at North Willamette Research and Extension Center (15210 NE Miley Road, Aurora, Oregon 97002)

OSU Extension’s Small Farms Program is offering a 2-day hands soil workshop for small scale vegetable farmers. This is for new and experienced farmers who wish to learn more about soil management. The first day includes soil types and soil structures, and the second day covers topics in nutrient management.

Click here for more information and to register

 

Soil Health Workshop a Success!

Yamhill SWCD teamed up with Polk and Marion SWCDs to host a soil health workshop at the Chemeketa Viticulture Center in West Salem and was partially funded by a USDA Risk Management Agency grant.  Attendees from all 3 counties listened to lectures on why it is important to manage for soil health and practical ways to manage for optimum soil health.

OSU Extension Releases Information on Tree Pests to Expect This Summer

Amy Grotta, OSU Extension Forestry Agent, has released some information on common pests that you may see this summer in your forest. The Western Tent Caterpillar and the Western Oak Looper are both defoliating insects that affect the forest canopy, but according to OSU extension, neither are serious threats to forest or human health. 

For more information on these pests, please refer to the OSU Extension Forestry blog article, The Boom and Bust Life of Defoliating Insects.

Photos thanks to: Dave Shaw, OSU extension

Coyote Bush Cuttings

In preparation for our annual native plant sale, we are experimenting with Coyote Bush (Baccharis pilularis) cuttings that we got from the NRCS plant materials center in Corvallis.  We’ll attempt to grow out the cuttings in the next few months and hopefully will have some for sale in February!