Noel Garcia, CCA, joined Texas Plant & Soil Lab in 1991; he now serves as vice-president, operations and technical director. He is a Certified Crop Advisor under the American Society of Agronomy. His career started at the USDA-ARS, developing imagery acquisition software involving video and satellite images, image processing and geographical information systems. He was recruited by E.K. Chandler, the lab's previous owner, to write computer programs to manage and report raw laboratory data. Reporting laboratory data soon escalated to converting Chandler's interpretive abilities to intuitive software. Garcia also conducted field trials on various pop-up fertilizers, humic/fulvic acids, hormones and other adjuvants with a variety of crops. Writing interpretive software required him to gain intimate understandings of soil and water chemistry, soil microbiology, plant physiology, how fertilizer compounds affect plant uptake and how to maximize plants' genetic potential with nutritional balance at specific stages of growth. He consults widely with farmers in North America and internationally, on a wide variety of crops, and on conventional, sustainable and organic operations.
Recorded Friday, December 12, 2013