Agronomy and Horticulture Seminar Series starts Sept. 10

Humberto Blanco
Nebraska's Humberto Blanco will present this fall's first Agronomy and Horticulture seminar Sept. 10.
September 2, 2021

Lincoln, Neb. —This fall’s Agronomy and Horticulture Seminar Series begins with “BIOCHAR – What Do We Really Know About Its Benefits?,” presented by Nebraska’s Humberto Blanco Sept. 10.

Blanco, professor of soil management and applied soil physics, will present on whether biochar can restore declining soil ecosystem services including food security, water conservation, water quality, climate regulation and others.

All seminars will be in person and streamed via Zoom at 3:30 p.m. CDT and recorded unless otherwise noted. Maximum occupancy of 25 will be allowed in Keim Hall, Room 150, for the presentations.

Dates and topics for the rest of the series are as follows:

Sept. 17: “Precision Conservation: Optimizing Agricultural Production and Natural Resource Conservation,” Andrew Little, assistant professor of landscape and habitat management, School of Natural Resources, University of Nebraska–Lincoln.
Note: This presentation will be via Zoom only.

Sept. 24: “Challenges of Developing a Resilient Cropping System in a Semi-arid Environment,” Cody Creech, associate professor and dryland cropping systems specialist, Department of Agronomy and Horticulture, University of Nebraska–Lincoln.

Oct. 1: “Increasing Pasture Productivity and Quality to Support Grazing Livestock,” John Guretzky, associate professor of grassland systems ecology, Department of Agronomy and Horticulture, University of Nebraska–Lincoln.

Oct. 8: “Greenhouse Gas Fluxes Under Different Agricultural Practices — Is Climate-smart Agriculture Possible?” Eri Saikawa, associate professor, Department of Environmental Sciences, Emory University, Atlanta.

Oct. 15: “New Insight in the Mode of Action of Glufosinate,” Franck Dayan, professor of weed science, Department of Agricultural Biology, Colorado State University, Fort Collins.

Oct. 22: “Using Cover Crops for Weed Suppression Across Kansas,” Anita Dille, professor of weed ecology and assistant head for teaching, Department of Agronomy, Kansas State University, Manhattan.

Oct 29: “Soil Mining in Cropping Systems in Argentina,” Juan Pablo Monzon, research assistant professor, Department of Agronomy and Horticulture, University of Nebraska–Lincoln.

Nov. 5: “How to Model GxE and Use It For Plant Breeding: Examples From Our Researches,” Hiroyoshi Iwata, associate professor, Graduate School of Agricultural and Life Sciences, The University of Tokyo.
Note: This presentation video will not be recorded.

Nov. 12: “Searching for Short, Bald and Golden: The Modern Pursuit of Genes Underlying Soybean Traits,” Bob Stupar, professor of legume molecular genetics, Department of Agronomy and Plant Genetics, University of Minnesota, St. Paul.

Nov. 19: “The Wheat We Grow Versus the Wheat We Could Grow: Quantifying and Assessing Causes of Wheat Yield Gaps in the U.S.,” Romulo Lollato, associate professor of wheat and forages production, Department of Agronomy, Kansas State University, Manhattan.

Dec 3: Sotirios Archontoulis, associate professor of integrated cropping systems, Department of Agronomy, Iowa State University, Ames.

Dec. 10: Jay Parsons, professor, Department of Agricultural Economics, University of Nebraska–Lincoln.