Soil and Nutrient Management
- To serve as an advisor, co-advisor, or committee member for students receiving advanced degrees in programs with a crop and soil environmental sciences component. If you are interested in pursuing an advanced degree, please contact me.
- To educate farmers, Extension personnel, and other stakeholders on soil and nutrient management principles for agronomic production and environmental sustainability.
- To increase farmer fertilizer use efficiency by incorporating best management practices into the current production system via applied research, demonstrations, and Extension education.
- To test innovative and alternative fertilizer sources for increased fertilizer use efficiency and decreased environmental losses from leaching and runoff.
- To utilize organic-fertilizer sources, such as poultry litter and biosolids, in an agronomically efficient and environmentally sound manner.
- To serve the general public regarding nutrient deficiencies in agronomic and vegetable crops, groundwater and runoff quality, and fertilizer management.
- To reduce soil erosion and sedimentation in the Chesapeake Bay, Atlantic Ocean, and tributaries by applied research, demonstration, and Extension education of cover crops and other conservation oriented best management practices.
- To increase agronomic and vegetable yield and profit by applied research and education of fundamental soil problems in Virginia, such as compaction.
- To increase soil quality and health by incorporation of soil additives, cover crops, and management practices.
- Innovative nitrogen fertilizer application techniques in winter wheat production.
- Nitrogen source, application method, and rates for snap bean production in Virginia.
- Nitrogen source, application method, and rates for russet potato production in Virginia and impacts on tuber disease.
- Nitrogen source, application method, and rates for sweet corn production and impacts on marketable ear characteristics.
- Alternative fertilizer sources for corn production on sandy loam soils.
- Planting density and nitrogen rate for late planted barley following soybeans.
- Long term fertilizer problems and benefits of poultry litter for a corn, soybean, and wheat rotation in the Mid-Atlantic.
- Long term fertility management using poultry litter in a monoculture cotton production system.
- Implications of over-irrigation on tomato yield and groundwater quality.
- Nitrogen fertilizer method and rates for plasticulture tomato production and their impacts on yield and groundwater quality.
- Alternative fertilizer sources for tomato production in plasticulture production systems.
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