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Contact: Susan V. Fisk, Public Relations Director, 608-273-8091, sfisk@sciencesocieties.org

Soil moisture for crop health topic of symposium

Soil management and crop productivity closely tied

October 18, 2016- Soil moisture sensing through either contact or remote technology captures soil-plant-water information that relates closely with plant water availability and use. Innovations in remote sensing technologies can inform plant health assessments and more.

The “Soil Moisture Sensing for Crop Health Assessment and Management” symposium planned at the Resilience Emerging from Scarcity and Abundance ASA, CSSA, SSSA International Annual Meeting in Phoenix, AZ, will address this important topic. The symposium will be held Monday, November 7, 2016 at 8AM. The meeting is sponsored by the American Society of Agronomy, Crop Science Society of America, and the Soil Science Society of America.

The session addresses measures of soil moisture and their relationship with:

  • Plant health status
  • Crop growth and development
  • Crop productivity
  • Soils management
  • Response to agronomic inputs

Participants will gain insights into opportunities for improving crop productivity in relation to soil moisture status. The symposium reflects a mix of invited speakers from federal, university and commercial researchers. They will speak of the innovations and wide research interests in applying remote sensing technologies to estimate soil moisture in agriculture.

Speakers include Jerry Hatfield, USDA-ARS; John Shriver, Planetary Resources; Maik Wolleben, Skaha Remote Sensing; Haly Neely, Texas A&M; and, more. Results from the testing of new types of soil moisture probes and techniques will be presented, including microwave sensors developed for UAV use.

For more information about the Resilience Emerging from Scarcity and Abundance 2016 meeting, visit https://www.acsmeetings.org/. Media are invited to attend the conference. Pre-registration by Oct. 26, 2016 is required. Visit https://www.acsmeetings.org/media for registration information. For information about the “Soil Moisture Sensing for Crop Health Assessment and Management” symposium, visit  https://scisoc.confex.com/scisoc/2016am/webprogram/Session15750.html.

To speak with one of the scientists, contact Susan V. Fisk, 608-273-8091, sfisk@sciencesocieties.org  to arrange an interview.

The Soil Science Society of America (SSSA) is a progressive, international scientific society that fosters the transfer of knowledge and practices to sustain global soils. Based in Madison, WI, SSSA is the professional home for 6,000+ members dedicated to advancing the field of soil science. It provides information about soils in relation to crop production, environmental quality, ecosystem sustainability, bioremediation, waste management, recycling, and wise land use.

SSSA supports its members by providing quality research-based publications, educational programs, certifications, and science policy initiatives via a Washington, DC, office. Founded in 1936, SSSA proudly celebrated its 75th Anniversary in 2011. For more information, visit www.soils.org or follow @SSSA_soils on Twitter.