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Soil Health

Horizons in Soil Health

Innovative methods for understanding, monitoring, and managing soil biology, organic matter and nutrient status.

Please visit our SPEAKERS page to view speaker information and presentation slides.

Friday, May 15, 2015
8 am - 12:30 pm
Grange Hall, 2880 Broad Street, San Luis Obispo, CA
(see below for map)
Registration required
4 CCA units have been approved (2.5 Nutrient Mngmt, 1.5 Soil & Water Mngmt)

The workshop featured a unique look at cutting-edge technologies and topics such as:

Metagenomics – for assessing the status of microbial communities
Nutrient Cycling in Soil Eco-systems – and essential soil processes
Monitoring Soil Respiration – as an accurate assessment of soil biological activity
The Relationship between Soil Organic Matter and Nitrogen Release – with implications for soil management
Understanding the Role and Value of Biological Nitrogen – and its relation to chemical nitrogen
Evaluating Overall Nitrate in Soils and Water – with traditional and new techniques, such as enzymatic analysis
Methods for Increasing Soil Organic Matter – the benefits of building beneficial soil biology

Soil Sample Testing Instructions
Workshop attendees are eligible for soil testing services from Ag Laboratory and Consulting, Inc. at a discounted cost. Please click the link above for instructions on sending in soil samples. Samples must be received by May 12th to be analyzed prior to the May 15th workshop. Discount will be honored through
July 1st.


8:00 am: Registration

8:15 am: Welcome and Orientation

8:30 am: Metagenomics: Principles and Applications
Dr. Raul Cano, Biological Sciences Department, Cal Poly San Luis Obispo

9:30 am: Soil Health Monitoring Methods: Current and Evolving
Andrew Sparda, Intuitive Consulting Solutions

10:15 am: Break

10:30 am: Implementing a Soil Health Management System on Orchards: A case study in pecans
Rudy Garcia, USDA- NRCS, New Mexico

11:15 am: Green Analytical Chemistry: Analytical grade enzymes for nitrate and phosphate measurement
Ellen Bernstein-Campbell, Nitrate Elimination Company, Inc.

12:00 pm: Lysimeter Monitoring in Proactive Fertility Management and Early Salt Detection
Erin Gray, Ag Laboratory and Consulting

12:30 pm: Adjourn

Soil Health Cal Poly

For more information, please contact us at cfs@calpoly.edu or call 805-756-5086.