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Cal Poly Soil Field Day

Soil Health Assessment Field Days 2017

Thanks to everyone who participated in these tailgate-style, on-farm workshops as we learned about innovative assessment and management strategies for soil health in a variety of cropping systems at three unique California locations.

The workshops were sponsored by USDA's Western SARE program and were free and open to the public.

Workshops featured leading guest speakers and organizations involved in soil health assessment. Details on each workshop below.

Cal Poly San Luis Obispo
with Dr. Alan Franzluebbers (USDA-ARS / NC State Univ) & Ken Oster (NRCS Templeton)

Friday, May 5, 2017

Alan Franzluebbers
Dr. Franzluebbers presented a public lecture "Soil Carbon: Reservoir for a Resilient Agriculture", and a seminar on "Assessing Soil Biological Activity as an Indicator of Soil Health" on Thursday, May 4 prior to the Cal Poly field day. To view and download slides from his presentations at Cal Poly, please visit the Sustainable Ag Lecture Series page

Dr. Franzluebbers is USDA-ARS professor and head of the Soil Ecology and Management Lab at NC State University. He specializes in assessment methods of soil respiration and soil organic carbon sequestration, using these and other tools to interpret the effects of agricultural management practices on soil resources.


Macon Seed, Turlock
with Joe Mullinax (Denele Analytical Inc) & Zahangir Kabir (NRCS Soil Health Division)

Thursday, May 25, 2017
Denele AnalyticalThe event featured event host and plant pathologist, Joe Mullinax, director of Denele Analytical, Inc. and Zahangir Kabir, Regional Soil Health Specialist for the USDA-NRCS National Soil Health Division, who were joined by Cal Poly staff. A number of tools for assessing soil health were discussed and demonstrated. Special focus was given to the contribution of biology and organic matter to soil health, as well as how both can currently be measured and how they can be supported through sustainable agricultural management practices.

To download a PDF copy of the Denele soil tests discussed at the event, please CLICK HERE

Full Belly Farm, Guinda with Judith Redmond (CDFA Environmental Farming Panel)
and representatives from Denele Analytical and NRCS California

Thursday, June 22, 2017
2 hours of CCA CEUs have been approved for this workshop

To download the agenda, please CLICK HERE

Full Belly FarmFull Belly Farm is a 400-acre certified organic farm located in the beautiful Capay Valley, northwest of Sacramento. Full Belly has been farmed using organic practices since 1985 and is certified by California Certified Organic Farmers. The farm is a showcase for diverse practices that can help build soil health. As in previous workshops, we will start with a tour of this historic farm and learn about basic soil health assessment methods and relevant NRCS practices and programs. We will also use soil samples taken from the farm as case studies for discussion during the workshop.

Full Belly Farm

For more information, please contact us at cfs@calpoly.edu or call 805-756-5086.