University of Maryland Extension

Soil Microbes Every Agronomist Should Know

Tuesday, Dec. 12, 2017 - 2:00pm to 3:00pm
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Dr. Kate Scow, UC Davis

This webinar will focus on the challenges and benefits of managing soil biology rather than relying only on chemically based systems, along with the key roles that soil microbes play in agroecosystems.

Agricultural soils can be a hostile environment for soil microbes. Current cropping systems remove carbon, destroy habitat, expose fields to erosion and discourage symbiotic relationships with plants. Our presenter will discuss the key roles that microbes play in nutrient cycling, increasing soil organic matter and improving soil structure. Soil microbes can be managed by manipulating what they eat and where they live using soil amendments (compost), cover crops, reduced tillage, and inoculants to result in healthy, productive soils.

 Maryland Deaprtment of Agriculture's Nutrient Management Program will award 1 CEU for this webinar.  Course number is 2477

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