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Using Wood Ash to Improve Pasture Soils and Forages

By   /  June 28, 2021  /  1 Comment

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Graziers in many parts of the country often deal with acidic soils that are low in several nutrients
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Mark is the Soils Agronomist for Organic Valley and CROPP Cooperative. He has spent most of his life working in agriculture. After serving in the Marine Corps, Mark attended the University of Wisconsin-River Falls where he earned a Bachelor of Science in soil science and a minor in agronomy. He worked two years as a soil scientist with the Soil Conservation Service and then attended graduate school at UW-Madison where he completed a master’s degree in soil science. Mark worked for over 24 years an agriculture agent for UW-Extension providing education to farmers throughout Wisconsin, focusing on crop and soil management. In 2012, he accepted his current position, where he helps cooperative members and others to improve their crop and soil management skills. He and his family have operated a small grass based dairy farm in northern Wisconsin for over 20 years and have been members of Organic Valley since 2007.

1 Comment

  1. Amy Williams says:

    Can ash be added to a manure compost pile for future spreading?

    We have an abundance of ash coming down with a debris flow that contains burned pine needles due to the Cameron Peak Fire in Colorado. We’re wondering what to do with it.

    Thank you!

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