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Dr. Joseph R. Heckman

Extension Specialist in Soil Fertility
Dr. Joseph R. Heckman.

Dr. Joseph R. Heckman
Department of Plant Biology
Rutgers, The State University of New Jersey
59 Dudley Road,
Foran Hall Room 182
New Brunswick, NJ 08901-8520

848-932-6333
heckman@sebs.rutgers.edu

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Biography

Joseph Heckman, Ph.D. is a Professor of Soil Science, Rutgers University, where he teaches courses in Soil Fertility, Organic Crop Production, and Agroecology. He conducts research and extension programs on optimizing nutrition and soil quality in support of plant, animal, and human health. Dr. Heckman has served as Associate Editor of the Journal of American Society of Horticulture Science. He has served as chair of several professional organizations including Council on History, Philosophy, and Sociology of Soil Science, Committee on Organic and Sustainable Agriculture, Organic Management Systems Community of the American Society Agronomy, and as President of the Northeast Branch of the Crops, Soils, and Agronomy Tri-Societies. Dr. Heckman organized and hosted a symposium on Silicon Nutrient Management for the Soil Science Society American Meetings. Dr. Heckman has authored several book chapters: Practical Steps to Soil Fertility for Organic Agriculture, Silicon in Soils and Plants, Human Contact with Plants and Soils for Health and Well-Being, Silicon Soil and Plant Analysis, and Chlorine Nutrition. He most recently co-authored a book on Fresh Milk Production, The Cow Edition. He also publishes a newsletter called The Soil Profile: http://njaes.rutgers.edu/pubs/soilprofile/

Title and Address:
Extension Specialist in Soil Fertility
Department of Plant Biology
School of Environmental and Biological Sciences,
Rutgers, The State University of New Jersey
Primary Focus Area: Sustainable Agricultural Systems
Secondary Focus Area: Plant Protection

Photo Courtesy of Joseph Heckman Zoom in
Measuring the moisture content of the grain from an organic popcorn research project - image courtesy of Joe Heckman
Soil fertility research. Photo Courtesy of Joseph Heckman Zoom in
Soil fertility research on sweet potato - image courtesy of Joe Heckman
grass hay. Photo Courtesy of Joseph Heckman Zoom in
Soil fertility research on grass hay - image courtesy of Joe Heckman
chickens on pasture. Photo Courtesy of Joseph Heckman Zoom in
Soil fertility research with chickens on pasture - image courtesy of Joe Heckman
Forage research. Photo Courtesy of Joseph Heckman Zoom in
Forage research - image courtesy of Joe Heckman - image courtesy of Joe Heckman
Application of fertilizer. Photo Courtesy of Joseph Heckman Zoom in
Application of fertilizer to leaves of snap bean - image courtesy of Joe Heckman
Checking soil quality. Photo Courtesy of Joseph Heckman Zoom in
Checking soil quality for greenhouse experiment - image courtesy of Joe Heckman
Silicon soil fertility research. Photo Courtesy of Joseph Heckman Zoom in
Silicon soil fertility research to protect pumpkin plants from powdery mildew disease - image courtesy of Joe Heckman
rice. Photo Courtesy of Joseph Heckman Zoom in
Silicon soil fertility research on rice - image courtesy of Joe Heckman