Larry Zibilske: Water As It Relates to Use Efficiency, Soil Fertility and Crop Yields MP3

Larry Zibilski

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Dr. Larry M. Zibilske detailed to a crowd of farmers at the 2014 Acres U.S.A. annual conference about water sources and their chemical makeup affects soil nutrition and efficacy. The crowd learned about plant movement, as well as the detail of the compounds — both good and bad — commonly found in shared water supplies. He takes the normal conversation beyond just "how much" or "how little" and into the real nuances that matter.

Dr. Larry M. Zibilske holds degrees in microbiology and soil science from Texas A&M and a Ph.D. in soil microbiology from the University of Missouri-Columbia. He went on to became a faculty member at the University of Maine, where he started the first research and teaching program in the state's history in soil microbiology and biochemistry. He focused on the roles of soil microbes in agriculture and on ways to increase soil organic matter. In the 1980s, he and a colleague spearheaded the establishment of the first sustainable agriculture curriculum at a land grant university. He has lectured around the world on soil health and fertility and has been published on the topics of soil organic matter management, composting, and moving agricultural production to a more sustainable level. Dr. Zibilske departed as a tenured professor to return to Texas to continue work on soil organic matter management and practice with the USDA-ARS research center in Weslaco as senior research scientist. He was lead scientist of sustainable production practices for vegetables. When that facility closed in 2012, he joined Texas Plant & Soil Lab as vice-president of research. 

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