Title: New Data / Products for Agronomy
Date: Thu Jul 25, 2019
Time: 9:00 AM - 11:00 AM
Moderator: Sally Flis
Including Fertilizer Coating Technologies in a Precision Ag Program

New fertilizer technologies are able to better match up with crop nutrient demands to create higher yields. However, some of these new technologies are difficult to include into precision agriculture programs due to differences in release rates and limited data sets. This presentation will introduce existing fertilizer coating technologies and market needs. The influence of these technologies on fertilizer uptake will discussed. Finally, case studies will be used to demonstrate how fertilizer coatings can be implemented into a precision ag program.

Ryan Bartlett (speaker)
Vice President, Innovation and Product Development
Compass Minerals
Dr. Ryan Bartlett, Ph.D. is vice president innovation and product development at Compass Minerals. Dr. Bartlett leads a team of scientists and field agronomists focused on developing sustainable agriculture technologies to improve crop quality and yields to meet the needs of global food supply demands. In this role, he oversees teams of researchers focused on soil fertility, plant physiology and plant health innovation in North and South America. Having done his postdoctoral studies at Vanderbilt University Medical Center on protein interactions related to Parkinson’s disease and cardiovascular disease, Dr. Bartlett wanted to broaden his knowledge of genetics and biophysics. With an opportunity to blend his research, biochemistry and Ag background, he left academia to take a research and development position at Monsanto. As Global Technology Development Innovation Lead, Dr. Bartlett oversaw the discovery and development of such globally significant innovations as next generation transgenic herbicide tolerance and Ag biologicals. Dr. Bartlett holds a bachelor’s degree in Genetics and a doctorate in Biochemistry and Biophysics from University of Kansas, Lawrence. Dr. Bartlett continues to be involved as 5th generation owner in the planning and management of his family’s farm and cow-calf operation in Paradise, Kansas. He is the author and co-author of numerous publications in the field of biochemistry, biophysics and cell biology.
Length (approx): 20 min
Managing with Soil Genetics

Trace Genomics has developed the first analytics engine that learns as it maps the living soil. Founded in 2015 to serve the farming community, Trace Genomics helps growers maximize the value of every acre. The company is building the largest, most actionable body of soil intelligence, making thousands of growers experts on what’s underground. Working collaboratively across the agriculture ecosystem, Trace Genomics helps growers optimize costs, manage risk and protect their soil as a capital asset. Headquartered in Silicon Valley—and led by two female founders - Trace Genomics has raised $19 million in financing.

Erik Christian (speaker)
Agronomic Services Manager
Trace Genomics
Erik is the Agronomic Services Manager at Trace Genomics. Previously, he worked as an Agronomist for Land O’ Lakes and served as a faculty member in the Department of Agronomy at Iowa State University. He earned a BS in Agronomy and PhD in Crop Physiology from Iowa State University. In his spare time, he raises corn and soybeans on his farm in Central Iowa.
Length (approx): 20 min
Using Soil Mapping to Expand the Agronomist’s Toolbox

This presentation will explore the adoption of high-resolution soil mapping to compliment the various other data types that exist in precision agriculture, and how agronomists and their growers can practically implement them in-field.

Zachary Harmer (speaker)
North American Sales & Support Manager
SoilOptix Inc.
Tavistock, Ontario
Zach Harmer is North American Sales & Support Manager for SoilOptix® Inc providing high definition soil nutrient and texture maps to growers and agronomists. Raised surrounding the agricultural industry and a graduate with a Bachelor of Science in Physical Geography from Brock University, Zach provides a fresh look into soil technology utilizing his strength in GIS and geostatistics. Zach started as a summer student with Practical Precision (Paul and Barry Raymer) and resumed his role in 2017 under the SoilOptix® Inc namesake. Zach and the SoilOptix® Inc. team are committed to providing a new standard in the industry of high definition soil data to assist the grower and agronomist for more profitable and sustainable management decisions on their field.
Length (approx): 20 min
Evaluating Multiple Datasets for Precision Agronomy

During the first quarter century of precision agriculture, our focus as growers and advisors has been on using a small number of layers to improve infield decisions, as we move forward vast data pillars will be at our disposal.  This talk will review these datasets and consider how do we analyze them, improve decisions and make them accessible on farm.

Simon Griffin (speaker)
Technical Director
Newbury RG14 5PX
Simon Griffin is Technical Manager of SOYL, a specialist precision farming service provider in the UK. He has been involved with Precision Farming for over 20 years and is responsible for all crop and soil management aspects of SOYLs services including R&D delivered on over 1 million ha (2.5 m ac) in the UK as well as in a number of other countries SOYL are operating in. Simon has developed PF services in many areas including Nutrition, seed, cultivation, crop protection, and irrigation. Recently he has been involved in looking at ways at adding value to data. SOYL supply satellite imagery, conductivity, Soil survey, nutrient mapping, yield mapping, and other data to customers. Mostly this is single use and is then stored e.g. satellite imagery for Nitrogen management. The focus for the last few seasons has been analysing these datasets to gain insight into factors driving yield and understanding farm dynamics and adding value to this data which has been collected and stored by the farm.
Length (approx): 20 min
Soil Information Systems: From Data to Inference and Intervention

Improved management of soil resources begins with improved knowledge the soil’s condition and capability.  Utilizing this knowledge requires a systematic approach for data collection, analysis, and management.  In this presentation we will discuss one approach to soil data science: soil information systems.  We will discuss the three components of soil information systems: data, inference, and intervention.  Using the soil information systems approach, we can better understanding of the interactions between soil data collection, inference, and interpretation.  Ultimately, an improved understanding of these interactions can lead to increased efficiency in soil data collection, improved knowledge gain from soil inference, and better knowledge-based agronomic interventions.

Jason Ackerson (speaker)
Assistant Professor of Soil Science
Purdue University
West Lafayette, IN 47907
Dr. Jason Ackerson is an Assistant professor at Purdue University. As a soils extension specialist, he has duties in both extension and research. His research and extension program focuses on applications of soil science to improve the capability of soils to support agricultural production and provide ecosystem services. Dr. Ackerson’s work emphasizes the use of geospatial tools and emerging soil sensing systems to quantify soil condition and provide evidence-based assessment of the impacts of land use and management of the condition and health of soils.
Length (approx): 40 min