District and NRCS Coordinate Soil Demo at Hazelnut Growers Society Summer Tour/Trade Show

This is the third year the District and NRCS have participated in the Hazelnut Growers Society Tour and Trade Show.  Marie Vicksta, District Conservation Planner, and Sergio Villaseñor, Natural Resource Specialist from the McMinnville NRCS, coordinated a Healthy Soil Demonstration with Nick Sirovatka, East Basin Agronomist. Nick ran two soil health demonstrations during the day using soil samples he collected. He was able to illustrate the importance of ground cover for water infiltration and preventing runoff.

The hazelnut industry is rapidly growing in the state as acres planted are increasing every year. The traditional methods of growing hazelnuts leads to a good amount of surface runoff and many counties in the state are trying to inform landowners of things they can do to slow down soil loss.

For information on Soil Health, contact Marie Vicksta at 503-376-7606 or email Marie@yamhillswcd.org.