US Geological Survey, $10,000, MOSH base funds. Start May 2019.
Cates is examining the short-term variation in soil health metrics in relation to temperature and moisture at the SW Research and Outreach Center. The project addresses the fundamental question of how these biological metrics change with soil conditions, as well as inform growers about how to sample for soil health testing. These tests can only be informative if we can detect changes due to management in the context of the seasonal and landscape variability in soil conditions.