How to Interpret Soil Tests

Organized by the Center for Technical Development. Recorded March 14th, 2023

Dani Gelardi of the Washington State Department of Agriculture will discuss how soil testing has changed over time—to become more comprehensive, but also more confusing! She’ll help us navigate the brave new world of “soil health” by going back to the basics. Why is it still so crucial to measure soil pH, soil texture, and soil organic matter? How can these building blocks help us understand new measurements of soil biological and physical properties? Come discuss the answers, learn some best practices for getting and interpreting quality laboratory results

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