Seminars Fall 2021

October 13, 2021

Fertilizer Recommendation Support Tool (FRST): The Power of Working Together

Dr. Deanna Osmond
Professor of Soil Fertility & Watershed Management and Department Extension Leader
Department of Crop and Soil Sciences


October 6, 2021

“Heavy metal and rock: Understanding the impact of mineral structure on trace metal biogeochemistry”

Dr. Owen Duckworth
Professor of Soil & Environmental Biogeochemistry
Department of Crop and Soil Sciences


September 22, 2021

Establishing Methodologies for a New Seed Test for Cotton: Evaluating Performance from Seed to Emergence

Dr. Unruh-Snyder is an Associate Professor of International Agriculture in the Department of Crop and Soil Sciences.


 

September 8, 2021

Peanut variety research at the Tidewater Agricultural Research and Extension Center

Dr. Maria Balota
Professor of Crop Physiology at Virginia Tech

ABSTRACT
Cultivar selection plays an important role in maximizing peanut production. Created in 1968, the Peanut Variety and Quality Evaluation (PVQE) is a multi-state program for the evaluation of Virginia-type cultivars and breeding lines and is unique among university peanut programs because of its interstate scope. Simply put, the PVQE is the official “pipeline” for Virginia-type peanut cultivar development for the Virginia-Carolina region. Dr. Balota will present the specifics of the PVQE program, and other crop physiology related projects in her program through collaboration with the NCSU/Department of Crop and Soil Sciences colleagues.

Biography:
Dr. Maria Balota has a two-way appointment in the School of Plant and Environmental Sciences (SPES) at Virginia Tech University, with a 50% research and 50% extension appointment. She is located at the Tidewater Agricultural Research and Extension Center (TAREC) in Suffolk, VA, where she is the leader of the multi-state Peanut Variety and Quality Evaluation (PVQE) project and the Virginia’s State Peanut Specialist. The foundation of her research and extension programs has evolved around the PVQE, which is the pipeline for Virginia-type peanut cultivar development for Virginia and the Carolinas. During her career, Dr. Balota has produced over 290 publications, including book chapters, peer reviewed and numbered extension publications and presentations at professional meetings and over 200 extension programs, including field tours, Agent in-service trainings, grower presentations and demonstrations, and 4-H activities. She has advised 14 graduate students as major advisor and committee member, and, since her appointment at Tidewater AREC in 2008, brought to her program close to $8 million in extramural funding.


 

Previous Semester Seminars:

Spring 2021

Fall 2020