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Soil Health and Carbon Benefits from Compost Application to Rangelands: Different for Different Soil Types

June 21 @ 4:00 pm - 5:30 pm


Is What’s Good for the Goose Really Good for the Gander? Soil Health and Carbon Benefits from Compost Application to Rangelands: Different for Different Soil Types

On June 21st, 4-5:30 pm, Cal Poly and Swanton Pacific Ranch will host a webinar featuring emerging information from our research about the effects of varying levels of compost addition to two different soil types in degraded rangelands.


Learning Objectives

For Mr. Lee’s section, we hope that participants will gain an understanding of the potential soil health impacts and carbon sequestration rates of various compost application rates on different soil types. And, we hope that ranchers will also increase their understanding about increases in rangeland productivity resulting from compost application to degraded rangelands.

For Dr. Wilson’s section, participants will improve their understanding about how to assess potential tradeoffs and benefits of compost to rangelands with respect to potential eutrophying macronutrients (soil P) and micronutrient metals.  We also aim to improve participant understanding of how to assess how differences in soil type may influence tradeoffs between benefits from added soil nutrients, and impacts to waterbodies from potentially eutrophying macronutrients.


Compost addition to rangelands is an emerging practice that seeks to improve rangeland productivity while sequestering carbon with beneficial reuse of compost wastes.

In 2020, we applied 3 different levels of compost- 10, 20, and 30 tons per acre- on two different soils, both in proximity and both that had been intensively cultivated for many years.

This webinar features information about the efficacy of this practice and its impacts. We hope to inform ranchers and land managers who are wondering about how to best manage other degraded rangelands and who might consider this practice, which may be greatly subsidized by the State.

For more information and to register:

Click here for the agenda. Click here for abstracts of the talks. Click here for biographies of the presenters. Click here to register.




Event Type
Courses, Trainings, and Workshops