Plan now to take advantage of these amazing tours as part of your ASA, CSSA, and SSSA Annual Meeting experience. Tours are filled on a first-come, first-served basis. Register before Sept. 7 to reserve your space and save money as prices increase after this date. A tour with insufficient registration on Sept. 7 may be cancelled and a refund issued. Please contact the tour leader directly if you have questions about tour details.
Pedogenic and Geomorphic Influence on Coastal Plain Soils
Thursday, October 19, 5:00 PM—9:00 PM
Friday, October 20, 7:00 AM—6:00 PM
Saturday, October 21, 7:00 AM—4:00 PM
Tour starts in Jacksonville, 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 through the Miocene, Pliocene, and Pleistocene 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, FL on Oct 21. Click here to preview the itinerary.
Fee: Double Occupancy $390 ($440 after Sept. 7)
Single Occupancy $515 ($565 after Sept. 7)
Includes hotel accommodations on Oct. 19 & Oct. 20, breakfast, lunch, snacks/refreshments, and transportation on Oct. 20 & 21.
Application of Soil Assessments in Resource Decisions Cancelled
Friday, October 20, 8:00 AM—6:30 PM
Sponsored by the Animal Agriculture and the Environment Community
This 1-day tour will focus on how soils information is used for regulatory purposes and in water resource decisions. The tour will begin at Silver Springs Forest Conservation Area east of Ocala, Marion County. A portion of the property was acquired to offset wetland impacts and the remainder of the property was acquired to protect one of the main tributaries of the Silver River. This property is an ideal site to visit because of its high recharge area with deep sandy soils on the western edge that then transitions into a geologic valley with low recharge and clayey soils near the surface. This results in a unique set of vegetation communities and soil types in close proximity. Soil assessments in this area can result in substantially different outcomes with respect to wetlands and management practices. Following the tour of Silver Springs Forest Conservation Area we will travel to Silver Springs State Park and have lunch at the headspring. After lunch we will take a boat tour of Silver Springs and Silver River where we will discuss the water resource issues facing the springs and how soils data directly influence resource decisions.
Fee: $135 ($155 after Sept. 7) Includes lunch, snacks/refreshments, and transportation.
Tour of MacArthur Agro-ecology Research Center
Saturday, October 21, 8:00 AM—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.
South Florida Grazinglands Tour
Sunday, October 22, 6:30 AM—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.
Urban and Anthropogenic Soil Resource Concerns in Tampa and St. Pete - Storm Water Management and Community Gardens
Sunday, October 22, 7:30 AM—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, storm water management, green infrastructure and community gardens in the 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. We will also be looking at other community gardens and stormwater infrastructure systems within the metropolitan area.
Fee: $75 ($95 after Sept. 7) Includes lunch, snacks/refreshments, and transportation.
ECHO - Global Farm for Fighting World Hunger
Sunday, October 22, 8:00 AM—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.
Germplasm Foray to Fort De Soto
Sunday, October 22, 9:00 AM—1:00 PM
Sponsored by CSSA Divisision: C08 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.
Behind the Seeds Tour - The Land Pavilion at Disney's Epcot
Sunday, October 22, 10:30 AM—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.
Mosaic Phosphate Mine
Wednesday, October 25, 7:30 AM—4:00 PM
Central Florida's "Bone Valley" stretches from Polk County southward through portions of Hillsborough, Manatee, Hardee, and DeSoto counties. Mosaic operates four phosphate mines and four fertilizer manufacturing facilities in Central Florida and the Tampa Bay region. Extended mines and new mining operations undergo exhaustive planning and approval processes to protect air, water, ecology, transportation, safety and other environmental, health, and public welfare considerations. After mining, state-approved reclamation programs will result in productive land uses, including enhanced wildlife habitat and recreational opportunities.
Fee: $110 ($130 after Sept. 7) Includes lunch, snacks/refreshments, and transportation.
Global Agronomy Tour of the Gulf Coast Research & Education Center
Thursday, October 26, 8:00 AM—12:00 PM
Sponsored by ASA Section: Global Agronomy
The Gulf Coast Research & Education Center at IFAS is a modern facility for research, teaching and technology transfer. With its subtropical climate, IFAS faculty and staff have a long history of international agricultural development projects across the globe. They have trained many scientists from developing countries, many of them from Africa. The diversity of vegetable and fruit crops grown at the Center as well as innovative cultural practices to increase productivity and profititability could benefit developing country practitioners and researchers.
Citrus Research and Education Center in Lake Alfred, Florida Cancelled
Thursday, October 26, 9:00 AM—3:00 PM
Sponsored by Soil-Plant-Water Relations Community, Soil and Water Management Professionals Community; and Crop Irrigation Strategies and Management Community
This tour will showcase current citrus production research conducted at the center focusing on both the engineering and soil science side of irrigation and plant nutrition. The facility is approximately an hour from Tampa.
Fee: $65 ($85 after Sept. 7) Includes lunch, refreshments, and transportation.