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September/October 2006
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Welcome to Fabián Fernandez

Fabián Fernandez joined the Crop Sciences Department in July as Extension Specialist in soil fertility and nutrient management. Fabián, a native of Argentina. He earned his M.S. from Brigham Young University in 2002 and recently received his Ph.D. in soil fertility/plant nutrition from Purdue University. For his Ph.D., Fabián studied potassium (K) bioavailability of no-till soils to gain a better understanding of the relationship between K soil dynamics and plant development. At the University of Illinois, Fabián's responsibilities will be 75 percent Extension and 25 percent research. His focus will be on issues regarding soil fertility and nutrient management to address producers' needs. Fabián welcomes your input on identifying critical issues in Illinois. His telephone number is (217) 333-4424; his e-mail address is fernande@uiuc.edu.