May 30, 2018
Dr. Hatfield is the laboratory director for the USDA’s National Laboratory for Agriculture and The Environment. He has also served on the faculty of the University of California-Davis and is a Past President of the American Society of Agronomy.
In this short but very powerful episode, Jerry and I discuss the mechanics of improving plant efficiency in capturing water, nutrients, and light and put that into productivity. We talk about the role that the soil-plant continuum plays in not only developing the productivity but also the quality of the products that plant is harvested for. Jerry and I discuss the fundamental functions of the soil aggregate structure and the value of gas exchange and water infiltration.
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Episode 10 - Jerry Hatfield - Highlights
3:10 - What have been some of the highlights that have lead Jerry to where he is today?
5:30 - Why should we care about soil health?
11:10 - How does soil quality improve so many various characteristics of plants
13:00 - How do we regenerate and improve soil health?
18:30 - How fast can we regenerate and improve soil health?
20:30 - What has Jerry observed regarding a diverse number of plants producing soil changes?
27:45 - Are we just regenerating soil, or also the thought processes and models around agriculture?
29:00 - Increasing water use efficiency and nutrient efficiency
33:10 - What does Jerry believe to be true about modern agriculture that many others don’t believe to be true?
35:20 - What is the opportunity for improved yield and quality? What does this mean for growers in terms of profitability?
38:10 - What action should farmers take right now?
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