Session
Title: EEFs: Enhanced Efficiency Fertilizers
Date: Wed Aug 4, 2021
Time: 8:30 AM - 10:00 AM
Moderator: Curt Woolfolk

Retailers want to bring the latest products to farmers, but how to evaluate this new spectrum of products. We will get a retail ag industry perspective and hear from researchers on best methods for evaluating new products.

An Academic's Approach to Testing New Products

There are always new products on the market suggesting better yields and better nutrient efficiencies. Both industry and academia are both tasked with trying to understand these new productions and make recommendations. Academia often is criticized with dismissing all of the new technology on the market. I evaluate what seems like dozens of new products every year, yet I have not found many that I can support. This presentation walks the audience through my decision making processes. What I have to consider when evaluating the products I am working with. 

Brian Arnall (speaker)
Professor Precision Nutrient Management
Oklahoma State University
Stillwater, OK 74078
US

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

Length (approx): 10 min
 
EEF Innovation – A Manufacture/Wholesale Perspective

I will be discussing the common considerations of a large-scale fertilizer manufacturer when it comes to developing EEFs.

Robert Mullen (speaker)
Director of Agronomy
Nutrien

Dr. Robert Mullen is the Director of Agronomy with Nutrien.  He has been in the fertilizer industry since 2011.  Prior to joining the industry, he was an Associate Professor of Soil Fertility and Nutrient Management at Ohio State University.  Dr. Mullen received his B.S. in Ag Business at in 1998. He earned his M.S. in Plant and Soil Science and Ph.D. in Soil Science from Oklahoma State University in 2001 and 2003, respectively. Dr. Mullen has nutrient research experience in a multitude of crops across the Great Plains, the Southeast, and the Midwest.

Length (approx): 10 min
 
Enhanced Efficiency Fertilizers – AAPFCO’s Efforts and Perspective

NRCS Nutrient Management Code 590 (May 2019) stipulates “For enhanced efficiency fertilizer (EEF) products, use products defined by the Association of American Plant Food Control Officials as EEF and recommended for use by the State LGU” (Land Grant University).  A brief overview of some of AAPFCO’s terms, policies and considerations regarding EEF’s will be presented.  Also, some of AAPFCO’s criteria regarding what qualifies as an EEF and other current activities pertaining to enhanced efficiency fertilizers and products will be discussed.  This is a rapidly evolving area, so suggestions and feedback are welcomed.

James Bartos (speaker)
Fertilizer Laboratory Supervisor
Office of Indiana State Chemist, Purdue University
West Lafayette, IN 47907-2063
US

James received his Bachelor’s degree in Agronomy from Western Kentucky University and his Master’s Degree in Soil Chemistry from Auburn University.  His Master’s Thesis was on The Impact of Water-Insoluble Phosphorus Compounds on the Performance of MAP Fertilizers.  His professional start involved testing soils and other agricultural products at Auburn University (2 years), the University of Florida (10 years) and A&L Laboratories Memphis (1 year).  He accepted a position as a Regulatory Specialist at the University of Kentucky Division of Regulatory Services (4 years), which allowed him to be closer to family, and he currently works as the Fertilizer Laboratory Supervisor at the Office of Indiana State Chemist at Purdue University.  James has been chair of the AAPFCO Laboratory Services Committee since 2009, interim chair of the AAPFCO Slow Release Committee since 2014 and has served on the Board of Directors from 2013 to 2019 and as AAPFCO president in 2018.  He also serves on several other regional, national, and international committees and working groups.

Length (approx): 10 min
 
Retail Vetting of EEF’s

I will discuss the methods our company use’s to decide from the many options for EEF’s that are available to the retailer today. We will also take a look at what it takes to successfully collect good field scale trial data

Thad Becker (speaker)
Precision Agronomy Manager
MFA Incorporated
Columbia, MO 65202
US

I have worked for MFA for 20 years, starting as a Bulk Fertilizer Plant Manager and gradually moving into a support role as the Precision Agronomy Manager. I am responsible for training and management of our precision/agronomic data management platforms and managing our precision team.  

Length (approx): 10 min
 
EEFs: Enhanced Efficiency Fertilizers Panel
Brian Arnall (speaker)
Professor Precision Nutrient Management
Oklahoma State University
Stillwater, OK 74078
US

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

Robert Mullen (speaker)
Director of Agronomy
Nutrien

Dr. Robert Mullen is the Director of Agronomy with Nutrien.  He has been in the fertilizer industry since 2011.  Prior to joining the industry, he was an Associate Professor of Soil Fertility and Nutrient Management at Ohio State University.  Dr. Mullen received his B.S. in Ag Business at in 1998. He earned his M.S. in Plant and Soil Science and Ph.D. in Soil Science from Oklahoma State University in 2001 and 2003, respectively. Dr. Mullen has nutrient research experience in a multitude of crops across the Great Plains, the Southeast, and the Midwest.

James Bartos (speaker)
Fertilizer Laboratory Supervisor
Office of Indiana State Chemist, Purdue University
West Lafayette, IN 47907-2063
US

James received his Bachelor’s degree in Agronomy from Western Kentucky University and his Master’s Degree in Soil Chemistry from Auburn University.  His Master’s Thesis was on The Impact of Water-Insoluble Phosphorus Compounds on the Performance of MAP Fertilizers.  His professional start involved testing soils and other agricultural products at Auburn University (2 years), the University of Florida (10 years) and A&L Laboratories Memphis (1 year).  He accepted a position as a Regulatory Specialist at the University of Kentucky Division of Regulatory Services (4 years), which allowed him to be closer to family, and he currently works as the Fertilizer Laboratory Supervisor at the Office of Indiana State Chemist at Purdue University.  James has been chair of the AAPFCO Laboratory Services Committee since 2009, interim chair of the AAPFCO Slow Release Committee since 2014 and has served on the Board of Directors from 2013 to 2019 and as AAPFCO president in 2018.  He also serves on several other regional, national, and international committees and working groups.

Thad Becker (speaker)
Precision Agronomy Manager
MFA Incorporated
Columbia, MO 65202
US

I have worked for MFA for 20 years, starting as a Bulk Fertilizer Plant Manager and gradually moving into a support role as the Precision Agronomy Manager. I am responsible for training and management of our precision/agronomic data management platforms and managing our precision team.  

Length (approx): 40 min