- Author: Jeffrey P Mitchell
February 15, 2019
CASI's long-term NRI Project was the site of a very nice visit on February 15th by two USDA ARS soil scientists as part of the site's ongoing Friday Public Open House program. The two visitors were Drs. Suduan Gao and Lauren Hale of the San Joaquin Valley Water Management Research Laboratory in Parlier, CA. Gao is a veteran soil chemist at the Lab and Hale is a recently-hired soil microbiologist who began her work in November of 2018. They met with CASI's Jeff Mitchell for a tour and examination of the NRI Project field and then the three also had a very good discussion of possible future collaborations that might stem from the long-term study. Gao and Hale were also invited to become a part of several groups that Mitchell is working with including the CIG organic no-till farmer group and Mitchell's ongoing work on cover crop water use at California orchards and tomato farms. CASI welcomes Gao and Hale as new Workgroup members and looks forward to very good interactions and collaborations with them in the near future!