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Sonoma RCD: Soil Health Field Demo

Wednesday, June 19, 2019

11:00 AM - 12:30 PM

Targeted Education Workshop


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Topic Notes

Tillage Management Alternatives: impacts on soil moisture and health A tour and discussion of vineyard trials and preliminary findings

The RCD has been working with the MacLeod Family Vineyard to look at the impact of different types of tillage management on soil health and relative moisture availability. Field trials were established in fall 2017 to investigate differences in no till, alternate row till and full till management on soil health properties and soil moisture. We will meet to discuss the project, tillage alternatives, and opportunities to maximize retention and conservation of water in the soil and at the ranch. Josh Beniston, soil scientist and program coordinator for the sustainable agriculture program at the Santa Rosa Junior College, will present on findings to date. Grower John MacLeod will discuss his perspective and interest in the project, and growers will be invited to discuss their experiences and perspectives on how to best manage the soil and water, and ask questions.


  • Keith Abeles, Soil and Water Specialist, Sonoma RCD
  • Josh Beniston, PhD, Soil Scientist and Program Coordinator for Sustainable Agriculture, Santa Rosa Junior College 
  • John MacLeod, Grower, MacLeod Family Vineyard

Contact Information

Keith Abeles, Soil and Water Specialist

Sonoma Resource Conservation District

1221 Farmers Lane, Suite F

Santa Rosa, CA  95405

707.569.1448 x112 


**REGISTRATION REQUIRED** Space is limited.