Soil Physical and Chemical Properties – The Analogy Webinar

Beth Guertal , Ph.D.

There’s all that soil stuff you really should know something about – clay type, cation exchange capacity, bulk density, saturated and unsaturated infiltration. You know, all that stuff that was taught in Introductory soil science, had you cared about that when you were nineteen! Beth Guertal (a professor at Auburn University who has been teaching this stuff to undergraduates for 21 years) teaches this 60-minute webcast about serious soil science, but she uses food as the examples! Learn about bulk density with potato chips and layer silicate clays with olives, peanut butter and bread. Look at water movement in layered soils, and understand how that can affect infiltration. We cover all the basic soil chemical and physical properties, and the ‘analogy webinar’ gives everyone a bit more familiarity with these basic terms in soil science. A great review presented in a way that will help you retain concepts and have a little fun, too.

Original presentation date: Sept. 25, 2014

About the instructor

Beth Guertal , Ph.D.Elizabeth Guertal, Ph.D., is a professor at Auburn University. She earned her B.S. and M.S. from The Ohio State University and her Ph.D. from Oklahoma State University. Guertal's research interests and areas of focus include soil fertility, turfgrass management and the flux of fertilizer nutrients in the turfgrass environment. Her university appointment includes 50% teaching and 50% research. Guertal's excellence in the turf industry has been well-documented through numerous awards she has received, including Outstanding Instructor in the Dept. of Agronomy and Soils at Auburn University, the Novartis Award in Agronomy for Outstanding Achievement in Teaching and Research from the American Society of Agronomy and a Fulbright Fellowship from the University of Mauritius. In addition to her university responsibilities, Guertal has served as Elected Chair for Division C-5 of the Crop Science Society of America and as Technical and Associate Editor for the journal Crop Science. She is a Fellow of the Crop Science Society, the Soil Science Society, and the American Society of Agronomy. Guertal has also taught various turfgrass and educational subjects in Cuba, Argentina, Spain, England, Mauritius, China, New Zealand and Canada. She has been a GCSAA faculty member since 2001 teaching at the education conference as well as numerous webcasts.


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