The University of California Vegetable Research and Information Center (VRIC) will sponsor a symposium on organic soil fertility management on Jan. 15.

The symposium will be held in the Activities and Recreation Center (ARC) on the UC Davis campus.

The program will combine the latest technical information on nutrient dynamics in organically-managed soils with practical results of on-farm nutrient management research. Topics covered will include:

  • Effects of organic management on soil microbial community structure and function

  • Soil and plant testing to guide organic fertility management

  • Cover crop selection

  • Value and limitations of compost for nutrient supply

  • Choosing the product, rate and timing for in-season fertilization

  • Soil fertility management and environmental protection

  • Food safety implications of organic soil fertility management

  • Economics of organic soil fertility management.

The program is intended for growers, consultants, students, and government agency personnel who work with people in this fast-growing segment of agriculture.

Go to the VRIC Web site (www.vric.ucdavis.edu) for more information.