Baseline soil health monitoring was begun by Wendy Krehbiel and Megan Schroeder of the USDA NRCS, and Betsy Karle, UCCE Advisor, in Glenn County at the dairy farm of Marty Poldevarrt on August 8, 2016. An array of tests including soil water infiltration, bulk density, total carbon, respiration, % residue cover, and texture are being conducted with a goal of developing point of departure data for how soil properties and functions might change over time with the strip-tillage management that Poldevarrt is conducting. The evaluation site is part of California's farm demonstration network that now includes several farms where similar time-course monitoring is underway
Soil Health Baseline Monitoring Team. Left to right: Wendy Krehbiel, Megan Schroeder (USDA-NRCS), and Betsy Karle (UCCE Glenn County).