Soil Seminar Series, Fall 2009

Seminars are held Mondays at 1:10pm and originate at WSU-Pullman in Johnson Hall 204 (unless otherwise noted). Arrangements have been made to broadcast to Mt. Vernon, Puyallup and Prosser stations. Organized by Bill Pan, wlpan@wsu.edu.


August 24
First day of instruction, organizational meeting. Enrolled students are required to attend.

August 31
Ann Kennedy, Soil Microbiologist, USDA-ARS Land Management and Water Conservation Unit, Pullman, WA
Soil bacteria suppressive to weeds: Cheat’n the cheatgrass

September 7
Labor Day – no seminar

September 14
Merrill Ott, Stevens County Commissioner; Dale Borkford, Borkford BioEnergy LLC
Biomass gasification for energy, biochar and rural development

September 21
Bob Stevens, Soil Fertility Extension Specialist, WSU Irrigated Agricultural Research and Extension Center, Prosser, WA
The saga of a WSU soils graduate: The long and winding road

September 28
Crop and Soil Science Grad Students
Statewide tour presentation

October 5
Kyle Bair, Soil Science Ph.D. Candidate, WSU
Calibration of available phosphorus indices for recently acidified soils in the Columbia Basin of Washington State

October 12
Seyed Ali Reza Movahedi Naeini, Soil Scientist, Gorgan University of Agricultural Sciences and Natural Resources, Gorgan, Iran
Effects of paper-mill sludge on soil properties and wheat yield in a rain-fed cropping system in Iran

October 19
Fran Pierce, Director, Center for Precision Agriculture, WSU; President-elect, ASA
Vision for ASA

October 26 (co-sponsored by CSS, NSPIRE, and CEREO)
Paul E. Fixen, Senior Vice President for Americas Group and Director of Research
International Plant Nutrition Institute
“Agricultural science and policy to sustain a world of 9 billion … emphasis on N”

November 2
ASA-SSSA-CSSA annual meetings – no seminar

November 9
Ann-Marie Fortuna, Soil Microbiology Assistant Professor, Dept. of Crop and Soil Sciences, WSU
The effects of land use management and sustainable agriculture practices on soil processes and nutrient turn over

November 16
Jennifer Latimer, M.S. candidate, Soil Science, WSU
Title TBA

November 23
Thanksgiving Break – no seminar

November 30
Ashley Hammac, Ph.D. Candidate, Soil Science, WSU
N use efficiency and N losses in canola

December 7
Haly Ingle, M.S. Candidate, Soil Science, WSU
What’s in your salad? Nitrate in organic leafy greens