Title: On-Farm Research
Date: Tue Jul 23, 2019
Time: 3:40 PM - 5:40 PM
Moderator: Brian Arnall
A Grass-Roots Approach to Organized On-Farm Research, The Story of KARTA

The Kansas Ag Research & Technology Association (KARTA) was formed over 20 years ago as an organization of innovative people who share a common desire to increase their knowledge and utilization of technology in production agriculture. KARTA membership includes producers, industry, and research-extension personnel. The non-profit organization uses its revenues to provide grants that facilitate on-farm research projects and instructional workshops on the hardware and software necessary to conduct research trials.

KARTA works to foster an understanding of plot layout & design, data collection and handling, analysis, presentation, and most importantly; making connections to those folks that can assist a producer in these efforts. The end goal is to develop producer skills in conducting and evaluating on-farm research. Members experiment with everything from product application, seeding rates, hardware and software, irrigation practices, cover crops, and more. The annual Kansas Ag Technologies Conference includes the presentation of on-farm research results and provides an interactive venue for discussion.

Lucas Haag (speaker)
Associate Professor/Northwest Area Agronomist
Kansas State University Northwest Research - Extension Center
Colby, KS 67701
Lucas Haag was raised on a diversified dryland farming and ranching operation near Lebanon, Nebraska along the Kansas/Nebraska line. He received his B.S. in Ag Technology Management, an M.S. in Agronomy, and his Ph.D. in Agronomy (crop ecophysiology) from Kansas State University. He is currently an associate professor of agronomy and Northwest Area Agronomist with Kansas State University stationed at the Northwest Research-Extension Center, Colby, Kansas. He has extension agronomy responsibilities for 29 counties in northwest and north-central Kansas. He conducts research and extension activities in a variety of areas but specializes in precision ag and dryland cropping systems. Lucas is a Certified Crop Advisor and serves on the Kansas CCA Board as well having membership in ASABE, ASA, CSSA, and SSSA. Lucas also remains actively tied to production ag as a partner with his brothers in Haag Land and Cattle Co.
Length (approx): 40 min
TAPS Program: Grower Competition for Efficient and Profitable Crop Production

The University of Nebraska-Lincoln Testing Ag Performance Solutions (UNL-TAPS) program engages agricultural producers in the areas of input use efficiency and profitability through participation in Farm Management Competitions. The goals and mission of the TAPS program is to identify sustainable and profitable management practices and solutions for crop production. With tighter profit margins, increased social pressures for sustainable crop production, and in some areas elevated regulations, agricultural production has become ever more challenging to manage. Fortunately, considerable technological advancements have occurred which can aid producers in making economic and agronomic decisions. The TAPS program provides a platform where producers can try new and emerging technologies and management strategies under a low risk environment prior to purchasing and adopting on their own farm. In addition, the TAPS program provides an opportunity where growers can interact and learn from each other, university personnel, and industry representatives. This presentation will provide an overview and summary of findings of the TAPS program.

Daran Rudnick (speaker)
Assistant Professor and Irrigation Management Specialist
Department of Biological Systems Engineering, West Central Research and Extension Center, University of Nebraska-Lincoln
North Platte, NE, NA 69101
Daran Rudnick holds a B.S., M.S., and Ph.D. in Agricultural and Biological Systems Engineering from the University of Nebraska-Lincoln (UNL). He is an assistant professor of Biological Systems Engineering at UNL, specializing in irrigation/water management. His appointment consists of developing and conducting relevant and responsive irrigation/water management research and extension programs for crops grown in the Central High Plains. His specific research interests include: full and limited irrigation management, evapotranspiration of various vegetative surfaces, soil water extraction dynamics, precision water management, fertigation, concurrent management of irrigation and nitrogen fertilizer, economic feasibility of irrigation practices, and plant and soil water monitoring technologies. Daran has 32 peer-reviewed manuscripts, co-authored with over 70 individuals, addressing local to international water challenges. Daran has an active extension program that engages growers, industry, regulatory agencies, and university personnel. Most notably, he co-developed the University of Nebraska-Lincoln Testing Ag Performance Solutions (TAPS) program that engages a diverse group of stakeholders around efficient and profitable crop production.
Length (approx): 40 min
The Data-Intensive Farm Management Project: Using Precision Technology to Get the Information Needed to Use Precision Technology Profitably

The four-year, $4-million Data-Intensive Farm Management project, sponsored by USDA-NIFA specializes in on-farm precision experimentation to gather large-scale field trial data.  DIFM uses GPS-linked variable rate application and harvesting equipment to  allow participating farmers to “put into the ground” field trials as large as one hundred  ha, and then gather the resultant yield data at harvest.  DIFM has begun to generate data in quantities and of qualities unimaginable until recently.  The data is enabling DIFM to begin to provide farmers with fertilizer and seed rate management recommendations that are based on data from the same fields for which management recommendations are being sought.  In 2019, DIFM is running approximately seventy field trials in nine US states, examining the effects of nitrogen fertilizer application rates and planting rates on maize soybeans, wheat, and cotton.  Working with international partners, DIFM is also conducting large field trials in Argentina, Brazil, and Colombia.  DIFM researchers are working to develop a cyber-infrastructure to permit the scaling-up of their activities, allowing them to work with other researchers, farmers, and crop consultants worldwide to annually conduct of thousands of on-farm precision field trials, effectively analyze of the resultant data, and pass of the practical implications of the data analyses to farmers in clear and intuitive ways.

David Bullock (speaker)
University of Illinois Dept of Agricultural and Consumer Economcs
David S. Bullock is a Professor in the Department of Agricultural and Consumer Economics at the University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign. He received his Ph.D. from the Department of Economics at the University of Chicago in 1989. The major focus of his current research is on the economics agricultural technology and information. He is the Principal Investigator of the four-year USDA-sponsored “Data-Intensive Farm Management” project, which uses precision agriculture technology to conduct large-scale, on farm agronomic experiments, to generate data that improves farmers’ management of nitrogen fertilizer Bullock has published widely in prestigious economics, agricultural economics, and agronomy journals, including the Journal of Political Economy, the American Journal of Agricultural Economics, and Agronomy Journal. He has been cited numerous times for outstanding teaching of graduate courses. He teaches PhD courses in microeconomic theory. He has been publishing research on the economics of precision agriculture technology since 1998.
Length (approx): 40 min