Drought and Soil Survey for Washington’s Dryland Producers


Are you a dryland producer impacted by the 2021 drought?

The Washington State Department of Agriculture (WSDA) needs your help! We humbly request your participation in a survey of soil management practices, and how those practices related to the severity of drought impacts in 2021. This information will be critical for us to learn more about how to support you in future drought conditions. We would love to hear from you by Sunday, May 1st.

Washington Soil Health Initiative Survey

The survey asks questions about:

  1. How you manage your soils
  2. The cost of implementing different soil management practices
  3. The impacts of the 2021 drought

The survey can be taken all at once, or over multiple sessions. Results will increase our understanding of dryland production and help us communicate with decision makers so we can better support you. A summary of responses will be made widely available to the agricultural community.

This survey is being conducted on behalf of the Washington Soil Health Initiative (WaSHI). To learn more visit Washington Soil Health Initiative | WSDA, and see the attached letter from Letter from the Director of Agriculture (pdf).

Your input is valued and appreciated!


Information will be used to understand broad impacts and characterize trends in soil health and production practices across regions. Data collected via this survey will be aggregated and reported in a way which mitigates personal identification of growers. All data are subject to public disclosure accordance with RCW 42.56 (Public Records Act).

This post was written by Dani Gelardi, Soil Health Scientist, Washington State Department of Agriculture. For questions, contact Dani via email DGelardi@agr.wa.gov.