Building Soils for Better Crops Conference
Speakers, in order of appearance
Dr. Wander is a soil quality expert with the University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign. She studies the influence of farm management on soils, organic matter, and system performance and strives to understand the nature of soil organic matter in its various fractions.
Presenting on "What is soil organic matter? Soil organic matter pools and function. Texture effects from sands to silt loams" and "Relationship of soil organic matter to Soil Nitrogen and Carbon cycles."
Harold Van Es (appearing by video conference)
Dr. Van Es, Cornell University, studies soil health, tillage and compaction, and is co-author of the book, Building Soils for Better Crops. He is part of the Soil Health team that has pioneered a soil health assessment protocol and manages the Cornell Soil Health website.
Presenting on "The Fundamentals of building soil for better crops" and "Measuring soil quality How to tell if you are building your soil."
Andy Bary is a researcher with Washington State University working in Puyallup. He conducts research on various soil amendments and works with the Washington Organic Recycling Council and the Northwest Biosolids Management Association.
Presenting on "Soil Amendments; Properties and Benefits of Manure and Compost."
Brendon Rockey is head of field operations at Rockey Farms in the San Luis Valley of Colorado. He has been a passionate leader in using green manures and companion plantings to restore and maintain his soil and reduce inputs while producing specialty potatoes.
Presenting on "Soil health for potatoes."
Dr. Moore is an agronomist with Iowa State University working on development of biomass crops and cropping systems. Recently he has led research in using perennial grass cover crops with strip-tilled corn as a soil-improving strategy.
Presenting on "Perennial Cover Crops for Sustainable Production of Corn Grown for Biomass."
Dr. Franzluebbers studies soil organic matter management for sustainable agricultural systems for the USDA-ARS in Raleigh, North Carolina. His current work is on conservation tillage and integration of crop and livestock production.
Presenting on "Stratification of Soil Organic Matter as a measure of soil health and as a strategy for low OM soils" and "Managing tillage, pastures, and integration of livestock with crops to build soils."
Gail Fuller farms a dozen cash crops on his 100% no-till farm near Emporia, Kansas. For the last decade, he has been experimenting with cover and companion crops to build his soil, reduce inputs, and provide forage for livestock. His goal is to cut total inputs by 75-95% while increasing soil health.
Presenting on "No-till cropping and Cover Crop Cocktails."
Joshua Dukart, with the Burleigh County Soil Conservation District, near Bismarck, North Dakota, works with innovative farmers in his area on the use of cover crops and livestock to improve both soil health and farm profitability.
Presenting on "Enhancing Soil Health with Livestock & Cover Crops."
Andy McGuire is the Irrigated Cropping Systems Agronomist with WSU Extension in the Columbia Basin of Washington. His work with high residue farming and green manure crops helps farmers build their soils and increase profits.
David Granatstein is Sustainable Agriculture Specialist with the WSU Center for Sustaining Agriculture and Natural Resources in Wenatchee, WA. He has worked on soil quality strategies in many crops, with a recent focus on soil management in orchard systems.
ATEC at Big Bend Community College (View)
7611 Bolling Street NE
Moses Lake, WA 98837
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