Dr. Sieg Snapp, an agroecologist at Michigan State University, is seeking a postdoctoral research associate on a project scoping out perennial grains for African farming systems. The position involves literature review, systems analysis, travel in Africa and some modeling to assess the potential for novel perennial grain crops (e.g., perennial sorghum lines from The Land Institute, perennial wheat from Washington State University and perennial tropical legumes from Snapp lab at MSU) within African farming systems, and potential for environmental benefits (and risks). The team is interdisciplinary with expertise in plant breeding, geography, participatory and crop modeling, soil science and agronomy, and we are collaborating with colleagues in four African countries. If you are interested in learning more please contact Sieg Snapp at email@example.com, and check out http://www.kbs.msu.edu/people/faculty/snapp
Schedule Set for Upcoming Tri Societies (ASA,SSA, CSA) Meeting-Nov 3-6, 2014 Tampa Florida.
Perennial Grains Working Group Will Host Several Events
A Symposium entitled: Polyculture and Perennial Grains For Sustainable Agriculture
The objective of the oral session will be to present recent findings about growth, production and multiple uses of perennial grains. Their environmental and economic benefits will be discussed with a global context and case examples. The session will present research findings on perennial wheat and other perennials of how they are used to promote soil health and conservation of natural resources, aka Sustainable Agriculture.
Our Keynote, Len Wade will extend his knowledge and experience on perennial grains and the opportunity they offer to improve farm flexibility and increase integration of livestock into mixed farming systems, while at the same time, reducing environmental impact and improving ecosystem services. This presentation will review recent progress in perennial grains research, including evidence on field performance and productivity tradeoffs, likely benefits beyond yield especially via timely fodder availability to sustain livestock numbers, and data on environmental impact.
Here is the schedule for this event:
Perennial Grain Development Community-Presided by Dr Sieg Snapp-Michigan State University
Polyculture and Perennial Grains For Sustainable Agriculture
The poster session will be offered to highlight how mixed cropping systems with perennials and perennial grains can improve sustainable agriculture, and provide eco-systems. An example of this would be diverse crop rotations of forages and field crops or perennial grains. Research and outreach will be featured that includes perennial systems used to improve the soil quality and mitigate environmental risks. Research and extension programs from around the world will be featured. The objective of the poster session will be to present recent findings about growth, production and multiple uses of perennial grains. Their environmental and economic benefits will be discussed with a global context and case examples. The session will present research findings on perennial wheat and other perennials of how they are used to promote soil health and conservation of natural resources, aka Sustainable Agriculture.
Tuesday, November 5, 2013: 5:10 PM-6:40 PM
Organizer: Vicki L. Morrone
This is NEW to ASA. We are listing it as a SPECIAL SESSION. We encourage those who present at the poster symposium and all others interested in sharing and learning about perennial grains, their possibilities in the cropping systems. We especially invite our graduate students to join us and share their creative thoughts and work as we seek ways to make perennials a stronger part of our cropping systems and environment. The discussion will offer us time to learn about each others work, brain storm new research and approaches and even toast to each others health.
A little about the Discussion-Its a new thing so let me tell you a little about it….
Curious about the value and role of perennial crops? Contemplating a research project to explore perennial crops in your work? Come and join in a discussion that shares U.S. and international research experiences of how perennial roots vs annual affect soil health, crop production, and nutrient availability and offer ecosystem services. This discussion will follow the Perennial Grains poster session to continue the scientific exploration of how perennials can fit into and enhance various agronomic systems-globally. Dr Len Wade from Sturt University in Wagga-Wagga Australia will lead a discussion using the foundation of his work as described in his papers; “Is it feasible to breed useful perennial grain crop?” and “Traits for perennial wheat adaption in Australia” Members of the Perennial Grains Working Group will share their research findings and objectives. Together we will have the opportunity to discuss and network to enhance our perennial crop knowledge and possibilities. Join us for an invigorating discussion and some light refreshments.
Cosponsor(s): Agronomic Production Systems, Environmental Quality, Global Agronomy, Land Management & Conservation, Soil & Water Management & Conservation Global Climate Change Community, Soil-Plant-Water Relations Community, Animal Agriculture and the Environment Community, Managing Denitrification in Agronomic Systems Community, Nutrients and Environmental Quality Community, Perennial Grain Development Community
**Perennial Grain Development Community Business Meeting
Tuesday, November 5, 2013: 4:00 PM-5:00 PM-Tampa Convention Center, Room 3 and 4
Community Leaders: Vicki L. Morrone and Sieglinde S. Snapp
The Perennial Grains Working Group will have a business meeting to elect new chairpersons and seek ideas for events for the next 2014 Tri Societies Meeting. We will elect a new chair and co-chair for our working group. We will also discuss possible options for next year’s 2014 meeting, perhaps a symposium, a poster contest or even a tour? Bring your ideas and friends. Refreshments will be offered.
This meeting directly precedes the…
**GLOBAL AGRONOMY SECTION BUSINESS MEETING
-Our overall Division for the P grain group
Tuesday, November 5, 2013: 5:10 PM-6:00 PM
Presider: Raymond R. Weil
Research confirms that more than 50% of nitrogen (N) applied to wheat crops is not recovered in plants at harvest. Research also shows the remaining N in many soils across the U.S. washes below the root zone before next year’s crop is planted.
This data applies to regions where farmers traditionally plant one crop per year. This leaves the fields fallow over winter, exposed directly to the elements.
Leaving fertilizer behind has serious financial and environmental consequences. That’s why researchers are exploring ways to more fully utilize the inputs they apply.
“There does not appear to be a single silver bullet on the horizon,” says Lucas Patzek, a Washington State University (WSU) agricultural Extension faculty member who has been studying N use in wheat production. “Instead, we see that the real solution to this problem lies in approaching it from two directions.”
In the short-term, this means developing and promoting cropping systems that integrate a nutrient-scavenging component in their rotation.
Long-term, it means identifying wheat varieties that use N more efficiently. These would function as foundation stock for breeding programs that focus on varieties with improved uptake and lower N requirements.
Read the full article, from an Agriculture.com article by Ed Haag, here.
ABSTRACT: One-third of the planet’s arable land has been lost to soil erosion in recent decades, and the pace of this degradation will increase as the limits of our food production capacities are stretched. The persistent problem of worldwide soil erosion has rekindled interest in perennial grain crops.
SOURCE: Cox et al, 2002. “Critical Reviews in Plant Sciences,” 21(2)59-91. 2002. Retrieved from http://www4.ncsu.edu/~jholland/Pubs/Cox,T.S.2002.PerennialGrain.CRPS21,59-61.pdf.