Webinar Takes a Look at Why Improving the Soil Pays Dividend

Iowa Learning Farms April webinar features Jerry Hatfield and the role of soil

April 4, 2019, 3:03 pm | Jacqueline Comito, Hilary Pierce

Jerry Hatfield head shot.AMES, IOWA— The Iowa Learning Farms webinar Wednesday, April 17, will discuss the importance of soil quality for agriculture production.

The 12 p.m. webinar will cover how the quality of the soil impacts productivity of crops and how weather changes contribute to yield variation among years and within fields. Enhancing the soil pays dividends because of the improved water and nutrient availability during crop reproductive development stage. Jerry L. Hatfield, laboratory director and supervisory plant physiologist at the USDA National Laboratory for Agriculture and the Environment, will explain how soil can be enhanced by changing the system to promote and sustain an active soil biological system.

“The research paves the way for reduced yield variation among years and within fields,” said Hatfield, whose research focuses on understanding the dynamics of the G x E x M (genetics x environment x management) complex to evaluate the role of soil, with the changing weather, in crop performance. He wants webinar participants to understand that soils can change quickly and create a path toward increased efficiency of water and nutrient use.

A Cover Crop Adviser board approved continuing education unit is available for those who are able to watch the live webinar. Information for submitting your CCA/CPAg/CPSS/CPSC number to earn credit will be provided at the end of the presentation.

To watch, go to www.iowalearningfarms.org/page/webinars and click the link to join the webinar shortly before 12 p.m. April 17, to download the Zoom software and log in option. The webinar will be recorded and archived on the ILF website for watching at any time at https://www.iowalearningfarms.org/page/webinars.


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