The Alberta Soils Network (ASN) presents “What the Heck is Soil Fertility?" March 27, 2018
27-Mar-2018 11:00 AM - 1:30 PM

What the Heck is Soil Fertility


Dr. Ieuan Rhys Evans

Dr. Evans is a forensic plant pathologist with a background in chemistry, soil science, plant diseases and micronutrient requirements of plants.  He completed his BSc at the University of Wales and his PhD at the University of Florida in 1969. His career ranged from a professor at the University of Guelph to Provincial Plant Pathologist for Alberta Agriculture.


Presently, Dr Evans is very disappointed that only 10 – 15% of farmers in this province and across the prairies test their soil for crop nutrients.

What is it that they do not understand or misunderstand about soil fertility?

Successful economic crop production is based on solid science and sound facts. Remember the best indicator of soil health is a good crop that meets a farmer’s expectations, which seems to elude most farmers and in particular the general public.

Dr Evans will communicate the foundations of soil fertility in line with his seminar!

The event will be held in Edmonton at the Faculty Club at the University of Alberta and broadcast across Alberta via weblink. The webinar will be delivered as a live video stream. Webinar participants will be sent the weblink access information via email 48 hours prior to the event. Please ensure that your email information registered with the AIA is correct. The lunch buffet includes two meat items plus a seafood item, Full Salad Bar, Full Dessert Buffet and Coffee/Tea all inclusive. Parking at the Faculty Club is available in Lot V at a rate of $2.00 for the duration of the entire event.

11:00    Doors Open

11:00 - 11:30 Networking

11:30 - 12:15 Lunch

12:15 - 13:00 Presentation

13:00 - 13:30 Questions & Answers


Members/Non-Members: $30.00
Students: $25.00
Webinar: $12.00

Member Benefits:

Review the concept of soil fertility. Learn about the hard science of mineral plant nutrition. How has soil health to be understood in the context of growing crop? Learn how soil characteristics affect plant growth.

Contact Information/ Website: 

Members and non-members should register online. Registration closes at 4:00 pm on March 23, 2018. Please note that for group registration for the weblink, each individual attending must register. Only individuals that have registered qualify for AIA Continuing Competence Program (CCP) credits. Should you have questions regarding the event, please contact the ASN at  or Ted Furler at 780-660-4889 or Sebastian Dietrich at 587-990-0626.


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