>La Grande Observer | Union and Wallowa Counties' News Leader

Observer news NE Oregon Classifieds Web
web powered by Web Search Powered by Google

Follow LaGrandeObserver.com

La Grande Observer print edition

view all La Grande Observer print publications »

The Observer Paper 10/22/14

The LaGrande Observer is now online in a Replica E-edition form and publishes Mondays, Wednesdays and Fridays. Current subscribers have full access to the E-edition.

View Paper

If you are not a current subscriber, subscribe today for immediate access.

Subscribe


Recent article comments

Powered by Disqus

Home arrow News arrow Business & Ag Life arrow Log bark turned into ‘Wallowa County Gold’

Print

Log bark turned into ‘Wallowa County Gold’

JOSEPH — Approximately 100 truckloads of dirt are on their way from Joseph to Milton-Freewater, turning what was once a waste product into organic soil for orchards and vineyards.

The hauling started 10 days ago, said S&V Properties spokesperson Steve Krieger, and will continue until an order for 2,500 yards is filled to Sustainable Soils.

Krieger said in compliance with the Oregon Department of Environmental Quality, the site of the former Joseph Timber was cleaned up of its log yard debris. “In order to use the land, we processed 25 years of log bark.”

It took almost three years and $850,000 to process what is now separated into rocks and inert, organic soil, Krieger said. And its benefit to farms in Umatilla County? A product that holds four to five times its weight in water.

Rick Trumbull of Sustainable Soils said the mulch is high in calcium and phosphorus and adds a layer of moisture retention around the bases of fruit trees and grapevines. “When you think about water, our aquifers are being drawn down. A lot of entities are vying for water.”

This timber industry byproduct is short on nitrogen, Krieger said, and needs to be mixed with compost per the prescription of each crop. “Soil tests are conducted and additives are blended in. The goal is to have a diversity of material.”

Krieger said on the 60-acre parcel of land next to the Joseph Airport there are 100,000 yards available. S&V has broken into the local market, selling soil to farmers and for landscaping.

“I call it Wallowa County Gold,” Krieger said.

Print

News
Local / Sports / Business / State / National / Obituaries / Public Notices
Opinion
Editorials / Letters / Guest Columns / Columnists
Features
Outdoors / Ag / Spiritual / Go Magazine / Portraits
Classifieds
View all classifieds / Jobs / Autos / Real Estate / Rentals / Place an Ad
The Observer
About / Contact / Commercial Printing / Subscriptions / Terms of Use / Site Map
Also Online
Photo Reprints / Slideshows / Weather and Valley Cam / /index.php?option=com_rss&feed=RSS2.0&no_html=1">RSS Feed ?> RSS Feed

Follow La Grande Observer headlines on Follow La Grande Observer headlines on Twitter

© Copyright 2001 - 2014 Western Communications, Inc. All rights reserved. By Using this site you agree to our Terms of Use

buy apple motion 2 cheapest powerpoint 2003 buy prosoft drive genius 2
cheapest parallels 6 http://www.fiabci-asiapacific.com/?indus... http://www.fiabci-asiapacific.com/?indus... buying office 2011 mac adobe photoshop cs3 price matlab 2011a purchase cheap microsoft money software cheapest microsoft office 2013 buy final cut express 2
http://www.journeeseconomie.org/index.ph... 
cialis otc 
http://www.journeeseconomie.org/index.ph... 
what is the best site to buy generic viagra http://www.toulouse-les-orgues.org/?page... viagra tablet
price of adobe after effects cheap zbrush 4 discount auditions
http://www.ncld.org/?pk_n=4873&pk_kwd=10... cheapest adobe cs4 design premium