The Potato Soil Health Project was established to address two related issues with soil health in potato cropping systems across the U.S.: (1) despite the frequent use of fumigation in most farms, pressure from soil-borne diseases is increasing over time, and (2) at the same time, soil productivity is declining. Our overall objectives are to determine how best to measure soil health in potato cropping systems, identify the tools (cover crops, soil amendments, rotation schemes) that best enhance both soil health and tuber production, and communicate our findings to potato growers.
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The SCRI Potato Soil Health Project is hiring! We have an opening for a two-year Post-Doctoral Associate to lead the effort on our GIS-based investigation of the relationships among soil microbiomes, soil chemistry, and potato health and productivity. Apply by January 13, 2021. See the position description here.