Laura Van Eerd

Associate Professor Ridgetown Campus Ontario Agricultural College School of Environmental Sciences Guelph, Ontario lvaneerd@uoguelph.ca Office: (519) 674-1500 ext. 63644

Bio/Research

Prof. Van Erd's research program focuses on vegetable crop production systems looking at soil fertility, crop rotation, and cover crops. This research has the potential to benefit 1) the growers by maximizing economic returns, 2) the government by insuring that current, accurate Ontario vegetable...

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Bio/Research

Prof. Van Erd's research program focuses on vegetable crop production systems looking at soil fertility, crop rotation, and cover crops. This research has the potential to benefit 1) the growers by maximizing economic returns, 2) the government by insuring that current, accurate Ontario vegetable data are used in developing regulations, and 3) the public by developing best management practices that reduce the detrimental environmental impact. Complementary to this research and a minor component of her research program is evaluating the environmental impact of pest control products. Based on this research, growers can use this information in their decision making process to select pesticides with reduced environmental risk. Recent or current projects include:

· Minimizing nitrogen losses after harvest by applying high carbon soil amendments

· Fall cover crops on processing tomato/snap beans/sweet corn yield, quality, pest pressure, nitrogen availability, and profit margins

· Remote sensing imagery to detect N deficiency in vegetable production

· Environmental impact of weed management

· Influence of winter wheat management practices on subsequent processing tomato yield and quality


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