Soil organic matter: Nature’s sponge helps crops access water and nutrients under drought conditions
November 9 @ 12:00 pm - 1:30 pm$10
Guest presenter: Dr. Laura Van Eerd (University of Guelph)
Dr. Laura Van Eerd is a Professor of Sustainable Soil Management at the University of Guelph Ridgetown Campus. The goal of her internationally-recognized research program is to advance our understanding of biogeochemical cycling of nitrogen and carbon in various agroecosystems. Dr. Van Eerd’s interests primarily focus on (i) elucidating the role of cover crops and other management on soil health attributes and its link to primary productivity/resiliency and (ii) enhancing nitrogen use efficiency. Laura works on field and horticultural crops, and is an active participant in Ontario’s long-term studies – which have helped her understanding the role of soil organic matter in water smart farming systems. Laura has an excellent practical knowledge of environmental and agronomic issues facing farmers. In addition to awards acknowledging her significant contributions to teaching, research and extension, Laura was recognized as one of six Influential Women of Canadian Agriculture in 2020.