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Lori A. Hoagland

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Assistant Professor of Horticulture
Ph.D., Soil Science, Washington State University

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The goal of our program is to support the growth and sustainability of the specialty crop industry in Indiana and the Midwestern region by developing management strategies that lower input costs, improve plant health and productivity, and reduce negative impacts of production systems on the environment. Our lab is actively working to understand the role of soil microbial ecology in agroecosystem processes; develop efficient strategies for the use of locally available and renewable resources; and, identify alternative crops and crop cultivars adapted to low-input and organic production systems. We use a combination of traditional and molecular techniques in the lab, collaborate with scientists and extension educators from multiple disciplines, and conduct research on-farm using a participatory approach. We work with a variety of high value specialty crops and are currently conducting research in apple, hop, popcorn and tomato production systems. Current research topics include:

· Nutrient availability from biological amendments and cover crops

· Biological approaches to soil-borne disease and weed suppression

· Functional interactions between soil microbes and crop cultivars

· Nutrient uptake and use efficiency

Selected Publications:

Hoagland, L. A., Hodges, L., Brandle, J. R., Helmers, G. A., & Francis, C. (2011). A decision support tool for optimizing integration of specialty crop enterprises in grain production systems. 5th World Congress of Conservation Agriculture, 45-47.

Murphy, K. M., Hoagland, L. A., Yan, L., Colley, M., & Jones, S. (2011). Genotype X environmental interaction for mineral nutrient concentration in organically grown spring wheat. Agronomy Journal, 103, 1734-1741.

Turner, S., Benedict, C., Darby, H., Hoagland, L. A., Simonson, P., Sirrine, R., & Murphy, K. (2011). Challenges and opportunities of organic hop production in the U.S.. Agronomy Journal, 103, 1645-1654.

TerAvest, D., Smith, J., Carpenter-Boggs, L., Granatstein, D., Hoagland, L. A., & Reganold, J. (2011). Soil carbon pools, N suppy, and tree performance under several ground cover systems and compost rates in a young apple orchard. HortScience, 46, 1687-1694.

Borrelli, K., Koenig, R., Gallagher, R., Pittman, D., Snyder, A., Fuerst, P., . . . Hoagland, L. A. (in press). Alternative strategies for transitioning to organic production in direct-seeded grain systems in eastern Washington II: Soil Fertility. Journal of Sustainable Agriculture.

TerAvest, D., Smith, J. L., Carpenter-Boggs, L., Hoagland, L. A., Granatstein, D., & Reganold, J. (2010).Influence of orchard floor management and compost application timing on N partitioning in organically managed apple trees. HortScience, 45, 637-642.

Hoagland, L. A., Hodges, L., Brandle, J. R., Helmers, G. A., & Francis, C. A. (2010). Labor availability in an integrated agricultural system. Journal of Sustainable Agriculture, 34, 532-548.

Gallagher, R. S., Pittman, D., Snyder, A. M., Koenig, R. T., Fuerst, E. P., Burke, I. C., & Hoagland, L. A. (2010). Alternative strategies for the transition to organic production in direct-seeded grain systems in eastern WA I: Crop agronomy. Journal of Sustainable Agriculture, 34, 483-503.

Murphy, K. M., Hoagland, L. A., Reeves, P., Baik, B., & Jones, S. S. (2009). Nutritional and quality characteristics expressed in 31 perennial wheat breeding lines. Renewable Agriculture and Food Systems, 24, 285-292.

Hoagland, L. A., Carpenter-Boggs, L., Granatstein, D., Mazzola, M., Peryea, F., Smith, J., & Reganold, J. (2008). Orchard floor management effects on nitrogen fertility and soil biological activity in a newly established organic apple orchard. Biology and Fertility of Soils, 45, 11-18.

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