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2017 Annual Meeting - Tampa, FL Sun, Oct 22, 2017 thru Wed, Oct 25, 2017 Tampa Convention Center
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Abstract Flash Drive Onsite


10/18/2017 1:00 AM   Thru   10/18/2017 1:00 AM

Tampa Food Bank Donation - $5


10/18/2017 1:30 AM   Thru   10/18/2017 1:30 AM

Donate to the Tampa Food Bank.

Tampa Food Bank Donation - $10


10/18/2017 1:30 AM   Thru   10/18/2017 1:30 AM

Donate to the Tampa Food Bank.

Tampa Food Bank Donation - $20


10/18/2017 1:30 AM   Thru   10/18/2017 1:30 AM

Donate to the Tampa Food Bank.

Tampa Food Bank Donation - $50


10/18/2017 1:30 AM   Thru   10/18/2017 1:30 AM

Donate to the Tampa Food Bank.

Tampa Food Bank Donation - $100


10/18/2017 1:30 AM   Thru   10/18/2017 1:30 AM

Donate to the Tampa Food Bank.

Pedogenic and Geomorphic Influence (Double Occup)


10/19/2017 5:00 PM   Thru   10/21/2017 6:00 PM

Pedogenic and Geomorphic Influence on Coastal Plain Soils Thursday-Saturday, October 19-21 Tour starts in Jacksonville Beach, FL and ends in Tampa, FL Sponsored by the SSSA Division: Pedology and SSSA Division: Urban and Anthropogenic Soils Relict shoreline features are the predominate geomorphic feature of the southeastern United States Coastal Plain. These features (which extend as far south as Lake Okeechobee and as far north as New Jersey) are derived from post-Miocene marine regressions and delineate areas of high and low energy marine deposition. Pedogenesis on the Coastal Plain is inextricably tied to the depositional environment in which sediments were deposited (high energy deposition concentrates coarse sediments more than low energy deposition), and ultimately the distribution, properties, and services of contemporary soils depend on their spatial relationship to relict shoreline features. This tour will utilize the remarkable soil diversity in north-central Florida to examine: (1) how variations in sea level and marine deposition over the last five million years have shaped the Coastal Plain surface, (2) how this depositional history influences pedogenesis and the distribution of Coastal Plain soils, and (3) how contemporary human activities and management interact with these pedogenic and geomorphic processes. During this two-day tour participants will see and discuss a variety of deep soil profiles (some more than 10 meters), have multiple opportunities to auger for themselves, and get hands on experience with pedologically influenced marine sediments of Miocene, Pliocene, and Pleistocene age. Participants should fly into Jacksonville, FL on October 19. The tour will end in Tampa at 6pm on Oct 21. Fee: Single Occupancy $515 ($565 after Sept. 7) Double Occupancy $390 ($450 after Sept. 7) Includes hotel accommodations on Oct. 19 & Oct. 20, breakfasts, lunch, snacks/refreshments, and transportation.

Pedogenic and Geomorphic Influence (Single Occup)


10/19/2017 5:00 PM   Thru   10/21/2017 6:00 PM

Pedogenic and Geomorphic Influence on Coastal Plain Soils Thursday-Saturday, October 19-21 Tour starts in Jacksonville Beach, FL and ends in Tampa, FL Sponsored by the SSSA Division: Pedology and SSSA Division: Urban and Anthropogenic Soils Relict shoreline features are the predominate geomorphic feature of the southeastern United States Coastal Plain. These features (which extend as far south as Lake Okeechobee and as far north as New Jersey) are derived from post-Miocene marine regressions and delineate areas of high and low energy marine deposition. Pedogenesis on the Coastal Plain is inextricably tied to the depositional environment in which sediments were deposited (high energy deposition concentrates coarse sediments more than low energy deposition), and ultimately the distribution, properties, and services of contemporary soils depend on their spatial relationship to relict shoreline features. This tour will utilize the remarkable soil diversity in north-central Florida to examine: (1) how variations in sea level and marine deposition over the last five million years have shaped the Coastal Plain surface, (2) how this depositional history influences pedogenesis and the distribution of Coastal Plain soils, and (3) how contemporary human activities and management interact with these pedogenic and geomorphic processes. During this two-day tour participants will see and discuss a variety of deep soil profiles (some more than 10 meters), have multiple opportunities to auger for themselves, and get hands on experience with pedologically influenced marine sediments of Miocene, Pliocene, and Pleistocene age. Participants should fly into Jacksonville, FL on October 19. The tour will end in Tampa at 6pm on Oct 21. Fee: Single Occupancy $515 ($565 after Sept. 7) Double Occupancy $390 ($450 after Sept. 7) Includes hotel accommodations on Oct. 19 & Oct. 20, breakfasts, lunch, snacks/refreshments, and transportation.

SASES Tour 1: Florida Heritage Tour (Undergrads Only)


10/21/2017 6:00 AM   Thru   10/21/2017 5:30 PM

Tour 1: Florida Heritage Tour (Undergraduate Students Only) Florida’s past has been about more than citrus and theme parks. A rich history of agricultural pioneering and adaptation has shaped the state we see today. This tour will focus on the heart of north central Florida and the itinerary will showcase the state’s unique geology and water systems, the story of how early and contemporary Florida agriculture developed, and producers who are growing traditional and newer alternative Florida crops. Stops will include: natural springs, commercial, research, and small-scale farms, and a historical museum and pioneer village.

SASES Tour 2: Country to City: Urban Turfgrass and Agriculture (Undergrads Only)


10/21/2017 6:00 AM   Thru   10/21/2017 5:30 PM

Tour 2: Country to City: Urban Turfgrass and Agriculture (Undergraduate Students Only) A tour of agronomy in Florida wouldn’t be complete without including turfgrass and production in urban environments. Increasingly, formerly rural plant production systems are competing with urban growth for land use and often must coexist in the same physical locations. This tour will show management of turfgrass systems in recreational and production settings, and the ways in which turfgrass and vegetable crop producers adapt to operating in urban environments with ever-increasing competition for resources. Stops will include: two sports fields, two recreational turf sites, a small-scale urban and alternative vegetable crop producer, and if time and traffic allow an example of a historical site renovated as a modern tourist destination.

SASES Tour 3: Florida Fresh 1 - Vegetables and Citrus (Undergrads Only)


10/21/2017 6:00 AM   Thru   10/21/2017 5:30 PM

Tour 3: Florida Fresh 1 - Vegetables and Citrus (Undergraduate Students Only) This tour will showcase the University of Florida/Institute of Food and Agricultural Sciences Gulf Coast and Citrus Research and Education centers. Tours of field- and lab-based research programs will focus on small fruit and vegetable production, all things citrus, and alternative crops. These offerings will provide a sampling of the work being done with agronomy and soils in central Florida and will include issues related to soil, nutrient, and pest management. The tour will also include at least one stop at a traditional Florida tourist attraction.

SASES Tour 4: Florida Fresh 2 – Citrus and Cattle (Undergrads Only)


10/21/2017 6:00 AM   Thru   10/21/2017 5:30 PM

Tour 4: Florida Fresh 2 – Citrus and Cattle (Undergraduate Students Only) This tour will showcase the University of Florida/Institute of Food and Agricultural Sciences Range Cattle and Citrus Research and Education centers. These will offer a sampling of the work being done with agronomy and soils in central Florida and include field- and lab-based research programs in citrus production – including citrus greening disease, and forage and range cattle production. Alternative crops will also be discussed along with water, soil, nutrient, and pest management for crop production in south central Florida. The tour will also include at least one stop at a traditional Florida tourist attraction.

SASES Tour 5: Myakka Soils: “Big Waters” in Florida (Undergrads Only)


10/21/2017 6:00 AM   Thru   10/21/2017 5:30 PM

Tour 5: Myakka Soils: “Big Waters” in Florida (Undergraduate Students Only) Florida’s unique geological history dictates how the state’s resources are used today. From our Myakka soil to the long-term impacts of agricultural production practices on our water quality, it’s all tied to what lies beneath our feet. This tour will show how Florida phosphate is used for crop production, the way that geology and water flow affects agriculture and our natural resources, and will include a historic heritage farm museum, a state park with a canopy tour and alligator viewing, and a restoration project that has evolved from farm to floodplain to stormwater management and wildlife refuge.

MacArthur Agro-ecology Research Center


10/21/2017 8:00 AM   Thru   10/21/2017 6:00 PM

Sponsored by the Animal Agriculture and the Environment Community Buck Island Ranch, platform for the MacArthur Agro-ecology Research Center (MAERC), is a 10,500-acre, commercial cow–calf operation of over 3,000 head (among the top twenty largest ranches in Florida), with extensive improved and seminative pastures, and other operations including sod and game harvest. The Ranch is representative of the expansive landscape of private ranchlands, which encompass about one sixth of the state of Florida. Buck Island Ranch is owned by the MacArthur Foundation and was the personal cattle ranch of John D. MacArthur, insurance magnate. He owned and operated the property from 1968-1978. The ranch is now leased to Archbold Biological Station, a world-renowned research center focused on research, conservation, and education on a globally threatened pristine ecosystem. The ranch allows Archbold the unrivalled opportunity to expand its mission of research, education, and conservation to a working agricultural landscape. MAERC serves as a crucible for coordinating the activities of a large number of stakeholders including the academic community, agricultural producers, agency personnel, and environmentalists. Fee: $85 ($105 after Sept. 7) Includes lunch, snacks/refreshments, swamp buggy tour, and transportation. Contact April Leytem, april.leytem@ars.usda.gov, for more information on the tour. Contact Lynne Navis with registration questions.

Graduate Student Leadership Conf (Invite Only)


10/21/2017 1:00 PM   Thru   10/22/2017 1:45 PM

Graduate Student Leadership Conference This conference is invitation only. It is only open to those who received an email invitation. The graduate student leadership conference will be an intermittent five days of skills sessions including public speaking, professionalism, leadership styles, science communication, and ethics. The conference will also provide networking opportunities with other grad students, Society leadership, and industry representatives. Cost $75

South Florida Grazinglands Tour


10/22/2017 6:30 AM   Thru   10/22/2017 5:00 PM

Sponsored by CSSA Divisision: C06 Forage and Grazinglands The South Florida Grazinglands Tour will explore a variety of production systems and ecosystems in South Florida. The tour will visit commercial livestock operations and the University of Florida Range Cattle Research and Education Center and focus on management of warm-season grasses and legumes for livestock production, recreation, and ecosystems services. Fee: $95 ($115 after Sept. 7) Includes lunch, snacks/refreshments, and transportation. Contact Joao Vendramini, jv@ufl.edu, for more information on the tour. Contact Lynne Navis with registration questions.

Urban and Anthropogenic Soil Res Concerns


10/22/2017 7:30 AM   Thru   10/22/2017 4:30 PM

Sponsored by SSSA Division: Urban and Anthropogenic Soils and SSSA Division: Soil and Water Management and Conservation The largest cities in the Tampa Bay Area are Tampa in Hillsborough County, and the cities of St. Petersburg and Clearwater in Pinellas County. The population of the Tampa Bay Area is estimated at 3,030,953 people as of January 2017 and between 2010 and 2015 the population is estimated to have grown 6.9%. We will explore urban soil survey, stormwater management, green infrastructure and community gardens in Tampa and St. Petersburg area. We will visit the facilities of Urban Food Park (Ecovillage project with another non-profit partner, Action Labs, Inc.) to look at their gardens, check out their soil and taste their produce. Fee: $75 ($95 after Sept. 7) Includes lunch, snacks/refreshments, and transportation. Contact Maxine J. Levin, maxine.levin@wdc.usda.gov, for more information on the tour. Contact Lynne Navis with registration questions.

ECHO-Global Farm for Flighting World Hunger


10/22/2017 8:00 AM   Thru   10/22/2017 5:00 PM

Sponsored by ASA Section: Global Agronomy ECHO is an information hub for development practitioners around the world. ECHO gathers solutions to hunger problems from around the world and disseminates them to its active network. These solutions promote sustainable farming techniques, nutritional plants, and appropriate technologies for small scale applications in developing countries. This tour will be to the ECHO Global Farm in Fort Myers. Fee: $55 ($75 after Sept. 7) Includes lunch, snacks/refreshments, and transportation. Contact Sjoerd W. Duiker, sduiker@psu.edu, com for more information on the tour. Contact Lynne Navis with registration questions.

Germplasm Foray to Fort De Soto


10/22/2017 9:00 AM   Thru   10/22/2017 1:00 PM

Sponsored by CSSA Divisision: C06 Plant Genetic Resources Walk in a splendid natural area with palms, ocean beaches, and natural populations of crop wild relatives. We should see relatives of foxtail millets, moss roses, sunflowers and more, and we hope to collect seeds from the millets and moss roses. There are also birds to watch and historical touring; a great outdoor experience. This foray is part of a plant exploration seeking new research seed samples. http://www.pinellascounty.org/park/05_Ft_DeSoto.htm Fee: $55 ($75 after Sept. 7) Includes transportation. Contact David M. Brenner, dbrenner@iastate.edu, for more information on the tour. Contact Lynne Navis with registration questions.

SASES Brunch


10/22/2017 9:00 AM   Thru   10/22/2017 10:30 AM

Behind the Seeds Tour: Land Pavilion at Disney


10/22/2017 10:30 AM   Thru   10/22/2017 4:30 PM

The Behind the Seeds tour is an hour to an hour and fifteen minute walking tour of the hydroponic greenhouses, Integrated Pest Management Lab, Biotechnology Lab, and Aquaculture facilities at Epcot's The Land Pavilion. https://disneyworld.disney.go.com/events-tours/epcot/behind-the-seeds/ Fee: $85 ($105 after Sept. 7) Includes lunch, snacks/refreshments, admission, and transportation. Contact R. Scott Tubbs, tubbs@uga.edu, for more information on the tour. Contact Lynne Navis with registration questions.

Agricultural Drones: Principles and Applications


10/22/2017 1:00 PM   Thru   10/22/2017 5:00 PM

Sponsored by Precision Agriculture Systems Community Unmanned Aerial Vehicles (UAVs) with advanced sensors and imaging capabilities are giving farmers new possibilities to increase yield, reduce crop damage, and provide benefits in the economic and environmental aspect. This workshop will introduce state of the art drone technology for agricultural applications. The audience will get practical instruction on the principles of aircraft, cameras, sensors, strategies for data collection, processing, and analysis. Agricultural applications will be presented, including soil analysis, phenotyping, crop monitoring, health assessment, site-specific management, and more. Challenges faced and lessons learned using the UAV technology will also be discussed. Fee: $95 ($115 after Sept. 27) Contact Ana Wagner, apwagner@ufl.edu, for more information on the workshop. Contact Lynne Navis with registration questions.

Farm to Table: On-Farm Trial Data


10/22/2017 1:00 PM   Thru   10/22/2017 5:00 PM

Sponsored by Biometry and Statistical Computing Section, Spatial Statistics Applications Community, and Statistical Education/Training for Researchers Community This workshop will focus primarily on processing and analyzing yield monitor data from on-farm trials. Topics include downloading and cleaning data, preparing data for input into statistical software, basic statistical analysis, detecting spatial autocorrelation, semivariograms and kriging. Fee: $120 ($140 after Sept. 27) Contact Peter Claussen, pete@gmdata.com, for more information on the workshop. Contact Lynne Navis with registration questions.

R You Ready for New Tools to Manage Res Resources


10/22/2017 1:00 PM   Thru   10/22/2017 5:00 PM

Sponsored by Biometry and Statistical Computing Section The open-source programming language and development environment R has gained increased acceptance by researchers in the Tri-societies as a statistical software environment and tool. Cutting-edge statistical analysis often requires tools not yet available in commercial software packages and R packages containing these tools are one solution to such problems. But R can also be useful for more mundane tasks such as plotting, manuscript writing, or data warehousing. In this four hour hands-on workshop, we will teach you how to use R Studio and R Markdown to: • Perform reproducible research • Integrate data storage, analysis, graphing and plotting • Write manuscripts in one tool • Create your own R-package to store the data and meta-data from a research project • Easily distribute your R-package to interested parties Participants are expected to have a basic working knowledge of R and using R packages and have R and R Studio installed. One week prior to the workshop, leaders will provide detailed instructions on which additional R packages should be installed before the workshop begins. Fee: $135 ($155 after Sept. 27) Contact Edzard van Santen, evsanten@ufl.edu., for more information on the workshop. Contact Lynne Navis with registration questions.

Tampa by Water and Wheel - Sunday


10/22/2017 1:00 PM   Thru   10/22/2017 4:00 PM

A city rich in history, abundant with architecture and bountiful ethnic charm…Tampa Bay. Explore Tampa by both land and sea! A driving tour will introduce you to all the sights that Tampa Bay has to offer by land, such as Bayshore Boulevard, Hyde Park, the Henry Plant Museum and Ybor City. Enjoy a private cruise on the bay to learn of the numerous attractions and museums, restaurants and parks to explore in the Tampa Bay area. Fee: $65 ($85 after Sept. 7) Includes transportation by coach and boat.

Extra Ticket - Opening Keynote Session Only


10/22/2017 6:00 PM   Thru   10/22/2017 9:00 PM

Cathie Woteki is the Former Chief Scientist and Under Secretary of Agriculture. She is an advocate for building the platforms needed to enhance domestic and international food and agricultural research. "Global Food Security: Building the Needed Research Platforms" As countries around the world strive to achieve the Sustainable Development Goal of zero hunger by 2030, the food and agriculture scientific community is working in new and innovative research collaborations. Open data, bilateral and multilateral research consortia, public–private partnerships, and better integration of domestic and international research programs are opening opportunities for increasing agricultural productivity in response to population demand and against the backdrop of the challenges of climate change, water scarcity and resource depletion. But are these steps enough to provide the breakthroughs needed to sustainably feed a future population of nearly 10 billion people? What are the additional research platforms needed?

CSSA Plenary Awards Breakfast


10/23/2017 7:00 AM   Thru   10/23/2017 9:00 AM

CSSA Plenary / Betty Klepper Endowed Lectureship Monday, October 23rd, 8:30 A.M "Partitioning and Passion, Potholes and Partnerships: A Journey with Tropical Maize" Greg Edmeades is a fellow of the Crop Science Society of America. He was raised on a dairy farm in New Zealand, studied agriculture and crop science at Massey University, and completed his Ph.D. in maize physiology at the University of Guelph in Canada. He lives in New Zealand where he consults as a research project reviewer in sub-Saharan Africa and Southeast Asia.

Linear Mixed Models for Plant Scientists


10/23/2017 8:00 AM   Thru   10/23/2017 12:00 PM

Sponsored by Biometry and Statistical Computing Section and Statistical Education/Training for Researchers Community Linear mixed models (LMM) extend the traditional linear model by allowing a more flexible specification of the errors (and other random factors). This allows for a different type of inference and also allows for incorporating correlation and heterogeneous variances between the observations. The main aim of this workshop is to train scientists in LMM with the aim of promoting sound scientific research based on good statistical thinking and practices that require proper use and critical interpretation of the outcomes and coding of the models. In this workshop, illustrations with real datasets of analysis of LMM will be presented using ASReml-R, a library from the statistical package R. Theoretical details will be kept to a minimum, but several examples will be presented and fully discussed. Some of the aspects to address will include: • Fixed or random effects • Complex field experiments that require LMM • Dealing with unbalanced data • Correlation on time: repeated measures • Correlation on space: spatial analysis Fee: $175 ($195 after Sept. 27) Includes software license. Contact Salvador Gezan, sgezan@ufl.edu, for more information on the workshop. Contact Lynne Navis with registration questions.

Generation Image - Photography 101 - Mon


10/23/2017 1:30 PM   Thru   10/23/2017 3:00 PM

In today’s news, headlines and stories are shorter. The average length of a YouTube video is 3 minutes for a good reason – more people watch shorter videos (sadly, especially of cats). The fact is, the world is moving to brevity. We’ve gone from baby boomers, to Gen X and Y, Millennials, and now “Generation Image.” That’s what today’s public wants, so how can scientists give it to them? In this new world, what better tool to help you communicate about your research than a photograph? Photos can be shared in web stories, blogs, social media, and even in print. They bring a richness and clarity to your science story – when done right. They are one of the best communications tools out there. In this session you will learn: • What the various types of photos are that can help communicate your research • What tools you need (I promise, it’s not expensive) • How to manage all your photos efficiently • How to use the photos to communicate what you do Suggested materials: a smartphone, laptop computer or tablet fully charged before the workshop Highly recommended: create Facebook, Twitter and/or Instagram accounts before attending this session – we won’t have time to create them in class. Optional: after the session, we’ll go outside and practice our new photo skills on some of the convention center area’s plants! Fee: $20 ($30 after Sept. 27) Contact Susan Fisk, sfisk@sciencesocieties.org, for more information on the workshop. Contact Lynne Navis with registration questions.

SASES Dinner


10/23/2017 7:00 PM   Thru   10/23/2017 11:30 PM