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2014 North Central Regional Cooperative Soil Survey Conference - Agenda

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Monday, June 2, 2014
Tuesday, June 3, 2014
Wednesday, June 4, 2014
Thursday, June 5, 2014

Monday, June 2, 2014
Curtiss Hall – Curtiss Auditorium
Moderator – Rick Bednarek

Time Activity Presenter(s)
1:00PM - 1:10PM Call to Order Rick Bednarek and Lee Burras
1:10PM - 1:25PM Welcome Wendy Wintersteen, Dean, College of Agriculture and Life Sciences, Iowa State Univ.
1:25PM - 1:40PM Opening Remarks Jay Mar, State Conservationist, USDA-NRCS Iowa
1:40PM - 2:30PM National Update Roy Vick, Associate Director for Soil Operations
2:30PM - 3:00PM Break
Posters (authors will be on hand)
3:00PM - 3:30PM Standards – New and Updated Procedures to Soil Survey Jon Hempel, Director, USDA-NRCS National Soil Survey Center
3:30PM - 4:15PM State of the State of Iowa Kendall Lamkey, Professor & Chair, Department of Agronomy, ISU
4:15PM - 5:00PM Hydraulic Lift in an Iowa Soil and
The Increasing Flood Events in the Midwest
Elwynn Taylor, Climatologist, ISU


Tuesday, June 3, 2014
Curtiss Hall – Room 13
Morning Moderator – John Beck
Afternoon Moderator – Steve Baker

Time Activity Presenter(s)
8:00AM - 8:30AM ESDs Stacy Clark, MO-10 and MO-11 Ecological Site Inventory Specialist
8:45AM - 9:15AM Dynamic Soil Properties Skye Wills, Soil Scientist - Dynamic Soil Properties, USDA-NRCS National Soil Survey Center
9:15AM - 9:45AM Dynamic Soil Properties and Soil Survey Lab Ryan Dermody, MLRA Project Leader, Waverly, IA
9:45AM - 10:15AM Break  
10:15AM - 12:00PM Breakout Sessions  
12:00PM - 1:00PM Lunch on your own  
1:00PM - 1:30PM Iowa's Nutrient Reduction Strategy Jim Gillespie, Division Director, IDALS/DSC
1:30PM - 2:00PM Effects of Tree Planting on Soil Organic Matter in Mollisols of the Great Plains and Russian Steppe Tom Sauer, Research Soil Scientist, National Laboratory for Agriculture and the Environment, Ames, IA
2:00PM - 3:00PM Breakout Sessions  
3:00PM - 3:30PM Break  
3:30PM - 3:40PM SDJR National Perspective Paul Finnell, National Soils Database Manager
3:40PM - 3:50PM SDJR MO Perspective Michael Whited, MO-10 Senior Regional Soil Scientist, St. Paul, MN
3:50PM - 4:35PM SDJR MLRA Soil Survey Office Perspective Ryan Dermody, MLRA Project Leader, Waverly, IA
4:35PM - 5:00PM SDJR Roundtable Discussion  
Evening Banquet
History of Soil Survey in Iowa
Dr. Thomas Fenton, ISU Professor Emeritus


Wednesday, June 4, 2014


Field Trip — Soil Health, Dynamic Soil Properties & Benchmark Catenas – an examination of Central Iowa Soils & their Interpretations in the early 21st Century

Stop 1, Doolittle Prairie and farm field
Stop 2, Walker/Richter benchmark catenas
Stop 3, Lake Cairo
Picnic – Food and Refreshments supplied by the Professional Soil Scientists of Iowa and grilling the food by the Iowa State Agronomy Club


Thursday, June 5, 2014
Curtiss Hall – Room 13
Moderator – Neil Dominy

Time Activity Presenter(s)
8:00AM - 8:45AM   Mike Konen, Northern Illinois Univ.
8:45AM - 9:00AM Region 6 Update Mike Jones, SDQS, Morgantown, WV
9:00AM - 9:45AM

Regional Directors Progress Reports

  • MO-5 (Cleveland Watts)
  • MO-10 (Michael Whited, Acting)
  • MO-11 (Travis Neely)
9:45AM - 10:15AM Break  
10:15AM - 10:30AM Committee Report, New Technology  
10:30AM - 10:45AM Committee Report, Research Needs  
10:45AM - 11:00AM Committee Report, Standards and Technology  
11:00AM - 11:15AM Committee Report, Interpretations  
11:15AM - 11:30AM NCERA-3 Report  
11:30AM - 12:00PM Business Meeting