An ACORN Event

The NEEOGRAIN Virtual Crop Hour

Date(s) Friday April 20, 2018, 1pm Atlantic time


The NEEOGRAIN Virtual Crop Hour

Soil organic matter (SOM) is a key component of soil health. The presentation will discuss the results from a study conducted between 1998 and 2015 using grid soil samplings to characterize soil organic matter (SOM) changes over time and space in the province of Prince Edward Island (PEI), Canada. Each year, the GPS (Global Positioning System) based soil samplings were performed on one third of the Island and the whole province was covered every 3 years (1 cycle) for a total of six cycles over 18 yrs. Results will be compared to the general trend in SOM observed in Eastern Canada and the presentation will conclude with a discussion on management practices that can be implemented to maintain or to increase SOM. This is a free event and no pre-registration is required.

This webinar will be hosted on Zoom. To join the meeting on your computer, please use this link at the appointed time: Please note that you may need to download Zoom onto your computer to participate. If so, you'll want to allow a few minutes for that process to complete before the webinar begins. To join by phone (you will get audio only), please use this number in Canada: (647) 558-0588. 

Our presenter, Dr. Judith Nyiraneza, holds a B.Sc. degree in agronomy, a M.Sc. degree in Crop and Soil Sciences from Michigan State University, and a Ph.D degree in Soil and Environment from Laval University. Dr. Nyiraneza’s research contributes to increase agricultural productivity, and to enhance environmental performance. Her research aims to: i) better understand nitrogen and carbon cycling under diversified cropping systems, and; ii) to identify strategies to enhance phosphorus use efficiency in acidic soils. She develops technologies, methods and knowledge for the optimal management of nutrients to achieve optimal crop yields while minimizing the footprint on the environment. Dr. Nyiraneza tests different agricultural practices to enhance soil organic matter under low residue cropping systems.