In 1995, the Washington County Soil & Water Conservation District interviewed 90 farmers in
northwest Oregon's Tualatin River Basin, using a survey developed by the USDA - Natural
Resources Conservation Service (NRCS) and Oregon State University (OSU) Extension Service.
Crop rotations, yields, tillage, fertilizer and irrigation practices were recorded. Soil samples from
each field were analyzed, allowing us to compare actual fertilizer use with OSU recommendations.
The goal of this project is to help improve water quality, increase farm profits and strengthen the
agricultural industry so it continues to play a vital role in the economics and quality of life of the
Tualatin River Basin. The intended audience includes agency personnel, leaders of farm
organizations and agribusiness leaders. This document is Part I of a two-part series . Part II,
computer modeling of farm runoff, will be published separately. Condensed versions of this
information will also be available. Recommended action:
Repeat this survey in 2005 to determine how farm management has changed in 10 years.
Future surveys should record conservation programs in which farmers have participated.
This may suggest ways of maximizing the effectiveness of these programs in the future.
|Funding Statement (additional comments about funding)
- This survey was a project of the Washington County Soil and Water Conservation District. It wa s generously funded with a grant from the Tualatin Valley Water Quality Endowment Fund by the Oregon Community Foundation.
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