Hao discusses soil health improvement project with WAGM

WAGM (Channel 8 in Presque Isle) interviewed Jay Hao, an associate professor of plant pathology at the University of Maine, about his project to reduce pathogens in soil by planting rotational crops after potatoes. “Because the tubers stay in the soil, you face a lot of soil borne pathogens,” he said. “That can cause a lot of diseases. So instead of controlling one disease versus multiple, we do the integrated way by using different crops as a nutrient input and also as a disease suppression strategy.”