Title: Data & Data Projects
Date: Thu Aug 4, 2016
Time: 9:00 AM - 11:00 AM
Moderator: Jim Pollock
Soil Test Levels in North America

IPNI will present results of the most recent survey of the soil test levels in North America. The summary offers a snapshot of soil test levels in 2015 and also provides a comparison to the previous three summaries that were completed in 2001, 2005, and 2010. A new interactive website will also be highlighted that provides customizable queries of the data.

Scott Murrell (speaker)
Northcentral Director
West Lafayette, IN 47906
Dr. T. Scott Murrell, a native of Indiana, is Northcentral Director of the International Plant Nutrition Institute. Scott earned his B.A. degree from Purdue University in 1986. In 1991, he received his M.S. degree in Soil Fertility, also at Purdue. In 1996, he earned his Ph.D. from Texas A&M University in the area of Soil Science. Scott has been with the Institute since 1996.
Length (approx): 40 min
Better Fertilizer Decisions from Soil Test Calibration Data

Interpretation of soil test values is influenced by the user's perception of the data backing their relationship to observed crop responses. Doubts about such data give rise to suboptimal decisions regarding the source, rate, time and place of nutrient application. The consequences are large, particularly for a nutrient like phosphorus whose management has both economic and environmental impacts. This presentation explores the potential benefits to producer decisions and public perception that might arise through making available a comprehensive online soil test calibration database, using the Australian Better Fertilizer Decisions for Crops initiative as an example.

Tom Bruulsema (speaker)
Vice President, Americas & Research
International Plant Nutrition Institute
Guelph, ON N1G 1L8
A native of Ontario, Canada, Dr. Bruulsema received his M.Sc. (Crop Science) at the University of Guelph in 1985, worked overseas in Bangladesh with the Mennonite Central Committee up to 1990, and received his Ph.D. (Soil Science) at Cornell University in 1994. for the past 23 years, he has been based in Guelph, Ontario, working for the International Plant Nutrition Institute and its predecessor, the Potash & Phosphate Institute. Dr. Bruulsema has been recognized as a Fellow of the American Society of Agronomy (ASA), the Soil Science Society of America (SSSA), and the Canadian Society of Agronomy, and is a Certified Crop Adviser.
Length (approx): 20 min
How to Evaluate Data

The old adage, “garbage in-garbage out,” rings true with precision data. Farmers and retailers have data – mounds of data. The question is what to do with the data, and how do you filter out the actionable data? This panel will provide a discussion from a few perspectives on the current state of data and offer a primer for factors to consider when evaluating your data. What makes for good data? How can big data analytics – particularly from multiple sources and platforms – be delivered to farmers in an actionable format? What should you know to ensure you’re making decisions from reliable data?

Randy Barker (speaker)
Managing Director
Kansas City, MO 64102
Randy Barker guides development of new tools at FarmLink, a data science and technology company that helps farmers increase productivity and profitability. Drawing on his extensive background in agricultural business and technology, Barker works to identify new opportunities to bring data analytics and technology to public and private organizations across the food system. Prior to joining FarmLink in 2014, he spent nearly 10 years at Monsanto Co., where he served as global customer experience lead, creating and leading the company
KC Ting (speaker)
Professor and Head Department of Agricultural and Biological
University of Illinois
Urbana, IL 61801
K.C. Ting is Professor and Head, Department of Agricultural and Biological Engineering, University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign. He has been leading research teams to develop and implement the Automation-Culture-Environment oriented Systems (ACESys) analysis methodology and Concurrent Science, Engineering, and Technology (ConSEnT) decision support computational platform. The methodology and platform have been applied to develop and deliver system scoping techniques, computer models, simulation and optimization results, and decision support systems for agricultural production and intelligent food systems, as well as to study the related issues of energy efficiency, environmental impact, and economic feasibility. He has published over 290 articles, papers, monographs, presentations, and reports and delivered over 125 invited presentations in 17 countries. He is currently co-chairing the Program Committee for the American Society of Agricultural and Biological Engineers (ASABE) Global Food Security Conference to be held in October 2016 in Stellenbosch, South Africa. He was a member of Innovation, Education, and Workforce Development Committee of FARM Illinois organized by the Chicago Community Trust and Illinois Farm Bureau during 2014-2015. He was an Editor-in-Chief for Computer and Electronics in Agriculture during 2007-2010. His awards and recognitions include: Illinois Land Improvement Contractors of America Shiny Shovel Award, January 2013; ASABE James R. and Karen A. Gilley Academic Leadership Award, August 2011; ASABE Kishida International Award, July 2008; Fellow of ASME elected in July 2002; and Fellow of ASABE inducted in July 2001.
Neal Horrom (speaker)
Crop Production Services
Loveland, CO 33936
Neal manages the Echelon Precision Agronomy platform for Crop Production Services and is based in Loveland, CO. Neal started with CPS in 1998 as the Precision Technology Manager for the Florida Division. Prior to that role he managed large production farms in Florida for a grower/processor after obtaining an agronomy business degree from Florida Southern College.
Length (approx): 60 min