Episode 142. Soil Considerations for Orchards

Today’s episode focuses on soil considerations for fruit and nut trees. Rex Dufour, the director of NCAT’s Western Regional Office in Davis, California, talks with Guy Ames, Horticulture Specialist at NCAT’s Southeastern Regional Office in Fayetteville, Arkansas, about the differences between soils in the western United States versus the soils in the East.

For more information on this topic, you can contact Rex Dufour directly at rexd@ncat.org or Guy Ames at guya@ncat.org.

Related ATTRA Resources:

Climate Change and Perennial Fruit and Nut Production

Fruit Trees, Bushes, and Vines for Natural Growing in the Ozarks

Soils and Sites for Organic Orchards and Vineyards

Other Resources:

Web Soil Survey

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The National Center for Appropriate Technology, in cooperation with USDA Rural Development, Montana State University, and Western Sustainable Agriculture Research and Education (WSARE), is pleased to announce the 1st Annual Soil Health Innovations Conference. This national conference will be held at Montana State University on March 30 and 31, 2020.

The 2020 Soil Health Innovations Conference will bring together producers, industry professionals, educators, and students who are at the cutting edge of soil health across the country: On-farm practices, soil biology, carbon markets, and public policy. Join us for a far-reaching exploration of agriculture’s sustainable future.

For more information and to register go to https://soilinnovations.ncat.org/