InfoAg 2021 Presentation
EEFs: Enhanced Efficiency Fertilizers

Regency AB
Wed, Aug 4, 2021
9:10am to 9:50am

EEFs: Enhanced Efficiency Fertilizers Panel


Brian Arnall

Professor Precision Nutrient Management
Oklahoma State University

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

James Bartos

Fertilizer Laboratory Supervisor
Office of Indiana State Chemist, Purdue University

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

Precision Agronomy Manager
MFA Incorporated

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.  

Robert Mullen

Director of Agronomy

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.