InfoAg 2021 Presentation
Matching Genetics to the Environment

Regency AB
Wed, Aug 4, 2021
2:50pm to 3:30pm



Brian Arnall

Professor Precision Nutrient Management
Oklahoma State University

Dr. Arnall’s extension, teaching, and research efforts are focused on precision technologies and nutrient management in all of Oklahoma’s cropping systems with an emphasis in site specific techniques.  He works closely with extension educators and industry personnel to improve nutrient management practices in Oklahoma that will lead to increased profitability of Oklahoma producers.  He currently has several ongoing studies focused at the developed of methods to use sensor based technologies, nitrogen fertilizer timing and placement, increasing nutrient use efficiency, and improvement phosphorus fertilizer recommendations. In addition Brian has a crew of developers producing iOS and Andriod applications

John Brien

Eastern Agronomy Manager

I am a graduate of The Ohio State University with a degree in Agronomy.  I have been helping answer growers questions and selecting high producing genetics with AgriGold for over 20 years.  I have strong working knowledge of commercial production systems and have been challenged by my growers to help them find their limiting factors on their farms so they can increase yields.  This challenge has allowed me to gain a deeper understanding of how a corn plant works and how to manage it for higher yields.  Through my current role, I interact with agronomists and growers in all the diverse growing environments, East of the Mississippi river.

Aaron Gault

Co-Founder and Lead Agronomist
Advanced Agrilytics

As lead agronomist, Aaron focuses on in-season crop management and the understanding of real-time crop performance  influenced by the environmental conditions of any given growing season. Aaron’s ability to integrate yield response probability with in-field stimuli is a key component of Advanced Agrilytics sub-acre approach to understanding yield. Before joining Advanced Agrilytics, Aaron worked as a professional agronomist for leading agriculture companies.  Aaron has been a Certified Crop Advisor since 2003 and is an active member of the professional association. Aaron received his bachelor's from Purdue University.  

Kelly Gillespie

R&D Corn & Soy Crop Efficiency Portfolio Manager
Bayer Crop Science

Kelly is a crop physiologist by training with a BA from Knox College in Galesburg, IL and a PhD from University of Illinois in Urbana-Champaign, IL. She has been with Monsanto and now Bayer for 10 years and has held various leadership positions in the Biotechnology and Breeding organizations. Currently, Kelly is a part of the Crop Technology Team where she leads the Corn & Soy Crop Efficiency Portfolio Strategy which includes managing the current portfolio across Breeding, Biotechnology, Editing and Biologics and developing the technical strategy for new business opportunities. External to Bayer, Kelly is a member of the American Society of Plant Biology, sits on the executive board of the North American Plant Phenotyping Network and the Advisory Board of the Iowa Soybean Research Council.

Macy Heetland


I am Macy Heetland, the NK Digital Enablement Lead at Syngenta. I work with our field sales team to build awareness and adoption of our digital tools available to them and our retail partners through the NK Cropwise Seed Selector. I am grew up in norther Iowa on a small row cropping farm where I developed my passion for agriculture. I attended Iowa State University where I obtained my degree in Agronomy. Right out of school, I joined Syngenta and since have spent time in Northeast Montana/Northwest North Dakota, South Dakota, Kentucky, and now call Missouri home. My diverse background with sales, support, and digital all play a key role in the success I have had driving digital adoption with our NK sales team across the United States.