Research Objectives

  • Identify agronomic, environmental and economic efficiencies of alternative direct seed systems including those for water, nutrient management, herbicides, carbon sequestration, fuel, and labor as well as profitability, risk and environmental cost effectiveness.
  • Develop strategies for managing rotations with herbicide resistant crops.
  • Develop alternative crops for new rotations.
  • Explore opportunities to pursue "value-added agriculture.

REACCH Project (Regional approach to climate change - in PNW agriculture)

Farmer-to-Farmer Case Studies
Producer Profiles




Cover Crop Resources

Managing Cover Crops Profitability - PDF Book 
Cover Crop Topic Room - USDA Sustainable Ag Resource and Education
Cover Crop Feasibility Study, Eastern WA, by Diana Roberts (March 2013)
Cover Crop Periodic Table
NRCS Cover Crop Resources



Building Soil Health Videos - Ray Archuleta + Other NRCS Soil Scientists
Idaho NRCS Soil Health Website - presentations, cover crop periodic table, aggregate soil tests, books and material referenced in soil health workshops
Benefits of Soil Carbon

Forums and conferences

No Till on the Plains
National No-Till Farmer's
Man-Dak Zero-Till

Conservation Farming Research

Cost of Production and Machinery Models for PNW Direct Seed vs Conventional Farming
Direct Seed v Conventional Farming Economics Results
Conservation Technology Information Center
Cook Agronomy Farm
Wilke Research Farm
Center for Sustaining Agriculture and Natural Resources
Sustainable Agriculture Research and Education
Dakota Lakes Research Farm
Oilseed Research University of Idaho
University of Manitoba No Till Research
2012 State Census of Agriculture - Oregon
2012 State Census of Agriculture - Washington
2012 State Census of Agriculture - Idaho


Books & DVD's

Beyond the Beginning - PDF Book
Soil & Diseases by Dr. Jim cook (Book)
Stubble Over the Soil by Carlos Crovetto (Book)
No Tillage: The relationship between no tillage, crop residues, plants and soil nutrition by Carlos Crovetto (Book)
Dirt: The Erosion of Civilizations by David R. Montgomery (Book)
The Alchemy of Air by Thomas Hager (Book)
Just Food: Where Locavores Get it Wrong and How We Can Truly Eat Responsibly by James E. McWilliams (Book)
Protecting the Future, Preserving our Legacy - The Promise of Direct Seeding


Conservation Farming Information Resource

Conservation Technology Information Center (CTIC) No Till Farmer PNW Conservation Tillage Handbook