The Potato Soil Health Project at the University of Minnesota was established to address two related issues with soil health in potato cropping systems across the U.S.: (1) despite the frequent use of fumigation in most farms, pressure from soil-borne diseases is increasing over time, and (2) at the same time, soil productivity is declining.
The overall objectives are to determine how best to measure soil health in potato cropping systems, identify the tools (cover crops, soil amendments, rotation schemes) that best enhance both soil health and tuber production, and communicate our findings to potato growers.
The SCRI Potato Soil Health Project is now hiring. They have an opening for a two-year Post-Doctoral Associate whose role will be to lead our effort on GIS-based spatial analyses and spatial statistics.
This is a two-year Post-doctoral Research Associate position funded by the USDA-NIFA Specialty Crop Research Initiative (SCRI). As part of the National Potato SCRI project, this position is responsible for leading the effort on geographic information systems (GIS)-based spatial analyses and geostatistics to evaluate a variety of soil health measurements from geo-referenced field sampling points. The overall goal is to evaluate the consistency of relationships in space and time among biological, chemical, physical soil assessments and plant health/productivity data.
See the position description here. Applications are due by December 14, 2020.
Source: University of Minnesota