What does it take to be a soil champion?
If you’re Laura Van Eerd, professor at University of Guelph, Ridgetown campus, it means being curious about soil biology and crop production and constantly fascinated about what we have yet to learn about nutrient cycles, microbes, and more.
Van Eerd considers herself lucky to be able to live, research, work, and mentor all within a stone’s throw from where she grew up. Because of the college site, she can share what she learns about cover crops and soil health with farmers through field days (back when those were allowed in the Before Times), keynotes, and webinars.
There’s also nurturing the next generation of scientists and researchers — a rewarding aspect of her career she says, that is even more meaningful now that her former PhD students have students of their own.
Listen on to hear Van Eerd share about how she got into cover crop research, and what she’d love to keep working on, moving forward.