Title: Nitrogen Decisions
Date: Wed Aug 3, 2016
Time: 1:20 PM - 3:20 PM
Moderator: Ernie Chappell
Nitrogen Decisions – Challenges and Trends in the Supply Chain

It’s a changing world in Agriculture including Nitrogen Supply. In this session hear a panel talk about the supply change aspects that are involved in taking care of your growers Nitrogen needs including Trends, Risk Management, Supply, Pricing, Application, Precision etc. The panelists will representing both the wholesaler and retailer perspective.

Ernie Chappell (speaker)
EFC Systems
Brentwood, TN 37027

Ernie Chappell is the founder and CEO of EFC Systems, Inc. Founded in 1988, EFC Systems, Inc. is focused on creating technology solutions for ag retailers, to make their team trusted advisors to growers by providing tools to enhance profitability and sustainability. Chappell has degrees in both science and business and combined his financial background and software development experience to create Merchant Ag, FieldAlytics and AgSolver, all a part of EFC Systems, Inc. Ernie lives in Brentwood, TN with his wife(Amanda) and their children(Evan, Elliott & Emerson).

Bill Epps (speaker)
Heath Hughes (speaker)
Chris Carter (speaker)
Allen Aycock (speaker)
Length (approx): 60 min
Nitrogen Decisions from a Farmer’s View Point

In the precision ag industry we get caught up in all the data and tools available to make input decisions, but sometimes experience and a simple approach win out when it comes time to call the shots. This presentation will represent a farmer's approach to nitrogen management and how he uses variable rate application technology in general. It's a good perspective to consider amongst all the options currently available. 

Nitrogen management in corn was one of the first areas we looked at when we started making variable rate applications.  We live in an area where there is a high degree of variability in the soils.  We can have corn yields that vary from 70 to 240 bushel per acre on the same row.  It just did not make sense to apply the same rate of nitrogen to the entire field.

Don Glenn (speaker)
Glenn Acres
Hillsboro, AL 35643
Don Glenn is a 4th generation farmer from Hillsboro, AL. Don farms in partnership with his brother Brian. The brothers raise corn, soybeans, wheat and canola on a diversified grain farm. Conservation and soil health are important considerations for the brothers as they strive to leave Glenn Acres in better condition for the next generation. The brothers have been heavily involved in precision agriculture since the mid 1990s.
Length (approx): 30 min
SCAN DSS for Side-dressed N Rate in Corn

The web mapper SCAN is based on meta-analyses of hundreds of trials, real-time access to cumulative rainfall and forecasts and decision rules driven by a fuzzy inference system. Its performances have been demonstrated by 3 years of comparisons with growers rates.

Nicolas Tremblay (speaker)
Research Scientist
Agriculture and Agri-Food Canada
St-Jean-sur-Richelieu, Quebec J3B 3E6
Dr. Nicolas Tremblay leads an important research program for Agriculture and Agri-Food Canada and is known for his ability to generate new knowledge for the benefit of the agricultural sector. He is currently involved in the management of nitrogen fertilizer applications using remote sensing, geomatics, geostatistics and meta-analyses. He has also conducted research on techniques for the detection of stresses affecting crops. Dr. Tremblay is the author of over a hundred scientific peer-reviewed publications. He is president of the International Society for Precision Agriculture (ISPA).
Length (approx): 30 min