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The first of three planned soil management seminars will begin on Wednesday, August 13, in Wenatchee, Washington. “The Potential for Precision Soil Management in Orchards” seminar kicks off the soil-focused training sessions by WSU Tree Fruit Research and Extension Services for 2014 and features crops and soils researcher Dr. David Brown.

From the release:
“Dr. Brown will discuss techniques used for precision management of annual crops and how they might apply to orchard management. Topics will include Visible and Near-Infrared sensing (both remote and proximal), soil penetrometers, electromagnetic induction, soil moisture sensors, and spatial modeling techniques. The talk will be designed for maximum interaction in order to combine grower expertise with tree fruit production systems with the speaker’s expertise in precision soil management techniques.”

The first session will be from 3 to 4 p.m. at the WSU Tree Fruit Research and Extension Center at 1100 N. Western Ave. in Wenatchee. The two other seminars are planned for December 3, in Kennewick, during the Washington State Horticultural Association annual meeting, covering topics about roots, and on December 10, in Moses Lake, on “Building Soils for Better Crops.”

More information about the soils series can be found at www.tfrec.wsu.edu.