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Speaker: Jim Owen, Research Horticulturist at USDA-ARS

Session Title:  Rethinking How and What You Mix to Engineer More Profitable Substrates

Tuesday, July 13  9:15 AM - 10:00 AM

Description: This session will cover hot-off-the-press findings from stratified (i.e. layered) substrate research from across the United States and provide the background to how we got to where we are today. Topics include substrate hydrology and chemistry as it affects water and fertility management from pot up to sale. At the end of the session, you will understanding plant development during production, substrate hydrology with an emphasis on solute (i.e. nutrient) transport, and substrate texture and how it relates to water management. 

Level: All Audiences           Type: Research

Jim Owen

Research Horticulturist at USDA-ARS

I am a USDA-ARS research horticulturist located at the Application Technology Research Unit in Wooster, OH. My research focuses on water management within controlled environment horticulture, including nursery and greenhouse, to increase efficiency, minimize environmental impact, and ensure profitability. This is accomplished via an integrated research team, including post-doctorate fellows and visiting students, using a systems approach from source to application to receiving waters.

ARS vision: lead America towards better future through agricultural research & information
The Agricultural Research Service (ARS) is the U.S. Department of Agriculture's chief scientific in-house research agency. Our job is finding solutions to agricultural problems that affect Americans every day from field to table.

ARS delivers scientific solutions to national and global agricultural challenges. Our Vision -- Global leadership in agricultural discoveries through scientific excellence. Core Values -- Scientific excellence, creativity, innovation, integrity, leadership, collaboration, accountability, transparency, diversity, respect, inclusiveness, and public service. These values underpin ARS’ commitment to delivering cutting-edge, scientific tools and innovative solutions for American farmers, producers, industry, and communities to support the nourishment and well-being of all people; sustain our nation’s agroecosystems and natural resources; and ensure the economic competitiveness and excellence of our agriculture.

Address:     5601 Sunnyside Ave. Beltsville, MD 20705
Email:  james.altland@usda.gov     Contact:   James Altland
Phone:    (330) 263-3870   FAX:  (330) 263-3953


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