Vegetable Research & Information Center, UC Cooperative Extension

UC Organic Soil Fertility Management Symposium

January 15, 2009
Activities & Recreation Center, UC Davis

 

Agenda

8:00-8:30 AM Registration
8:30-8:40 Welcome and introduction
8:40-9:10

Soil fertility in organic systems: lessons from long-term studies
Will Horwath, Dept. of Land, Air & Water Resources, UC Davis
9:10-9:45

Cover crop contributions to N fertility
Richard Smith, UCCE Monterey-San Benito-Santa Cruz Counties
9:45-10:15

Managing P and K fertility in organic systems
Rob Mikkelsen, International Plant Nutrition Institute, Merced, CA
10:15-10:30 Break
10:30-11:00

Certification issues in organic soil fertility management
Chip Sundstrom, FJS Consulting, Davis, CA
11:00-11:40


Compost use: opportunities and limitations
Jean VanderGheynst, Biological and Agricultural Engineering, and
Tim Hartz, Dept. of Plant Sciences, UC Davis

11:40-12:10

Organic management effects on the soil microbial community and nutrient cycling
Louise Jackson, Dept. of Land, Air & Water Resources, UC Davis
12:10-1:00 PM Lunch
1:00-1:30

Soil and plant testing for organics–what works and what doesn’t
Tim Hartz, Dept. of Plant Sciences, UC Davis

1:30-2:00

In-season fertilization in organic systems
Mark Gaskell, UCCE Santa Barbara-San Luis Obispo Counties
2:00-2:30

Maintaining microbial food safety in organic systems
Trevor Suslow, Dept. of Plant Sciences, UC Davis
2:30-2:45 Break
2:45-3:15

Irrigation management effects on organic soil fertility and environmental impact
Mike Cahn, UCCE Monterey-San Benito-Santa Cruz Counties

3:15-3:40

Economics of organic soil fertility management
Karen Klonsky, Dept. of Agricultural & Resource Economics, UC Davis

3:40-4:00 Discussion
4:00 PM

Adjourn

 

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