Posts Tagged With: Disease Suppressive Soils

What are disease suppressive soils?

What’s all this fuss about disease suppressive soils, anyway? According to one of our speakers at our upcoming seminars on Feb. 6 & 8, disease suppressive soils are soils that support beneficial microbes that inhibit specific soil-borne plant diseases.

“The growing understanding of disease suppressive soils is exciting, but there’s still enough left to learn to make them a bit mysterious and very tantalizing,” explained Michael Bomford, PhD, Kwantlen Polytechnic University.

We are thrilled to glean more expertise from Michael!

Until then, here’s a sneak peek at what he’ll be sharing. He’s currently a faculty member in the Sustainable Agriculture & Food Systems department at Kwantlen Polytechnic University in Richmond, British Columbia.

Intrigued by what you just saw? Reserve your spot today by contacting us at 815-872-1190 or info@agrienergy.net. 

Michael spent 10 years at Kentucky State University, conducting research, extension, and teaching programs related to organic agriculture. His work focuses on organic and sustainable agriculture systems suitable for adoption by farms operating with limited resources. He has done extensive research in disease suppressive soils and will share his discoveries. He has a Master of Pest Management from Simon Fraser University and a PhD in Plant and Soil Sciences from West Virginia University, where he conducted research on one of the nation’s first land grant university farms operated entirely according to national organic standards.

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2018 Winter Seminar Series

AgriEnergy Resources winter seminar series entitled “What’s New In: Weed Control, Disease Control” will kick off with a 1-day seminar in Indianapolis on Feb. 6, followed by another 1-day seminar in Des Moines on Feb. 8. Both seminars will feature the same information and will be a day for growers to learn the latest in weed control, as well as soil tilth and disease suppressive soils.

“We are excited to feature some experts in soil and crop health and share our discoveries with our guests. It’s been a fun year experimenting with our products on different crops as we have seen consistent results,” said AgriEnergy Resources general manager Dean Craine.

Specifics include:

  • Machinery – Harrow, Rotary Hoe, Tine Weeder, Finger Weeder, Roller/Crimper No-Till, Optic Guidance, RTK Guidance, Cultivator, High Speed Disc, Spring Tillage Techniques, Weed Puller, Flamer, Weed Zapper
  • Fertilizer Placement
  • Soil Fertility
  • Crop Rotation
  • Manure vs. Compost
  • Organic Herbicides
  • Band vs. Broadcast Application
  • Cover Crop Weed Suppression
  • Tilth Amendments

Speakers include:

  • Michael Bomford, PhD, Kwantlen Polytechnic University
  • Michael Orzolek, PhD, The Pennsylvania State University
  • Cody Wilkinson, Tillage Specialist, John Deere
  • Indianapolis Weed Control Panel: Gary McDonald, Tom Besecker
  • Des Moines Weed Control Panel: Paul Huenefeld, Dennis Demmel, Scott Shriver

The Indianapolis seminar will be held on Feb. 6 from 8am-5pm at the Crowne Plaza, 123 West Louisiana Street, Indianapolis, IN 46225. 317-631-2221.

The Des Moines seminar will be held on Feb. 8 from 8am-5pm at the Hilton Garden Inn, 8600 Northpark Drive, Johnston, IA 50131. 515-270-8890.

A block of rooms have been reserved at each location.

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This is a free event and a complimentary lunch will be provided for those who RSVP to AgriEnergy Resources by January 23, 2018 at 815-872-1190 or info@agrienergy.net.

We hope to see you in February!! 

 

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