127 Tools of Engagement: Soil Quality Indicators in Action

Oral Session
S11 Soils & Environmental Quality
In contrast to “normal” symposia/sessions, we would like to hold a hands-on, demonstration style session that would be open to the public. In essence, this would be an opportunity for our colleagues to highlight innovative tests that measure dynamic soil properties/soil quality/soil health that have been used successfully as teaching/extension tools. A good example is the Cornell Sprinkle Infiltrometer (rainfall simulator). This instrument is taken out to the field and used to demonstrate how readily water will move into the soil. It helps to identify compaction problems and other impediments to free movement of water through the profile. It is a very effective demonstration tool that then generates productive discussions of how to alter soil management practices to address the problem.
Monday, November 2, 2009: 3:00 PM-6:00 PM
Convention Center, Room 333, Third Floor

Janice Thies and Bianca Moebius-Clune
3:00 PM
Introductory Remarks
3:05 PM
A Field of Dreams.
Janice Thies, Cornell Univ.; John Doran, Retired, USDA-ARS
3:20 PM
Linking Indicators in the Cornell Soil Health Test to Management Decisions.
Bianca Moebius-Clune, Cornell Univ.; Robert Schindelbeck, Cornell Univ.; John Omololu Idowu, Cornell Univ.; George Abawi, Cornell Univ.; David Wolfe, Cornell Univ.; Harold van Es, Cornell Univ.
3:25 PM
Active Carbon Kit for in-Field Assessment of Managment Impacts On Soil Health.
Raymond Weil, Univ. of Maryland; Charles White, Univ. of Maryland
3:30 PM
Active Organic Matter as a Simple Measure of Field Soil Quality.
Irfan Aziz, Univ. of Arid Agriculture; T. Mahmood, Univ. of Arid Agriculture; Y. Raut, Ohio State Univ. South Centers; William Lewis, Ohio State Univ., South Centers; Khandakar Islam, Ohio State Univ., OARDC; Raymond Weil, Univ. of Maryland
3:35 PM
Novel Aggregate Stability and Infiltration Measurements and Demonstration Using the Cornell Sprinkle Infiltrometer.
Robert Schindelbeck, Cornell Univ.; Bianca Moebius-Clune, Cornell Univ.; John Omololu Idowu, Cornell Univ.; Harold van Es, Cornell Univ.
3:45 PM
Soil Structure Control in Corn and Soybean Residue Management System.
Ibrahim Vahyala, South Dakota State Univ.; Thomas Schumacher, South Dakota State Univ.; Shannon Osborne, USDA-ARS
3:50 PM
Meet Claude the Clod: a Scale Model of a Soil Aggregate and Its Resident Microorganisms.
Mary Ann Bruns, Pennsylvania State Univ.; Morgan Minyard, Pennsylvania State Univ.; Maina Martir-Torres, Pennsylvania State Univ.; Claudia Rojas-Alvarado, Pennsylvania State Univ.; Mary Lupton, Pennsylvania State Univ.
4:00 PM
Soil Quality Indicators: Multiple Tools; Multiple Uses.
Susan Andrews, USDA-NRCS; Susan Samson-Liebig, USDA-NRCS; Cynthia Stiles, USDA-NRCS; Mark Liebig, USDA-ARS; Skye Wills, USDA-NRCS; Li-Shiang Tsay, North Carolina A&T State Univ.; Faustin Iyamuremye, USDA-NRCS; Eugenia Pena-Yewtukhiw, 1104 Agricultural Sciences Building
4:05 PM
4:20 PM
Demonstration Period
6:00 PM