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Healthy crops start with healthy soil. Join us in this webinar to learn about assessing the health of your production agriculture soils.

Open forum for learning about different aspects of soil health important for desert southwest agriculture. Lecture topics to cover: soil health measuring methods, maximizing soil tilt, micro-nutrient requirements, methods to maintain soil structure, organic matter conservation, soil microbe populations, salt mitigation strategies, reduced tillage systems, understanding nematodes, soil borne pathogens and pest control.

Speaker list:

Defining Soil Health

  • Geoff Koch, Soil Science PHD Candidate: UC Davis - Defining Soil Health in the American Southwest
  • Dr. Joey Blankinship, Soil Science Professor: University of Arizona - Soil Organic Matter in Desert Agriculture
  • Sherri McLane, IAS Laboratories - Interpreting Soil Test Results
  • Dr. Glenn Wright, Extension Horticulturalist: University of Arizona - Structure and Function of Plant Roots
  • Scott Inman, Director of R&D: Mycorrhizal Applications LLC - Mycorrhizae 101

Practices to Improve Soil Health

  • Dr. David Johnson, Adjunct Professor: New Mexico State University - Composting and Cover Crops
  • Dr. Kristine Nichols, Research Director: MyLand Company - The Role of Microalgae in Soil Health
  • Dr. Catherine Brewer, Assistant Professor: New Mexico State University - Biochar Production and Application Methods
  • Tim Lichatowich, Consultant: BioAg Product Strategies - Alternative Soil Amendments
  • Dr. David Ingram, Consumer Safety Officer: FDA-CFSAN Produce Safety Staff - FDA Perspectives on Soil Health
  • Dr. Jeff Mitchell, Cropping Systems Specialist: UC Davis - Conservation Tillage in Vegetable Cropping Systems
  • Dr. Michele Jay-Russell, Project Director: UC Davis Western Center for Food Safety - Organic Production Soil Health Considerations
  • Sheryl Christenson, Natural Resource Conservation District - NRCD Soil Health Programs

Pest Control

  • Dr. John Palumbo, Extension Entomologist: University of Arizona - Soil Applied Insecticides
  • Barry Tickes, Extension Weed Scientist: University of Arizona - Persistence of Herbicides in the Soil of the Low Desert
  • Dr. Stephanie Slinski, Associate Director: Yuma Center for Excellence in Desert Agriculture - Soil Borne Pathogens
  • Dr. Ataullah Khan, Senior Research Scientist: InnoTech Alberta - Biochar Pest Control
  • Dr. Channah Rock, Extension Water Quality Specialist: University of Arizona - Water Treatment Effects of Soil Borne Pathogens
  • Dr. Mark Siemens, Extension Ag Engineer: University of Arizona - Ag Engineering Soil Health Solutions

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