Title: Advances in VR Nutrients (Repeat)
Date: Wed Jul 26, 2017
Time: 1:20 PM - 3:20 PM
Moderator: Tim Smith
Variable Rate Phosphorus - What do we really know?

Much of the phosphorus (P) fertilizer applied across the US is applied using a variable rate (VR) strategy. Often we interpolate soil P data and use standard soil test interpretations to develop VR prescriptions. We need to critically examine this approach. Can traditional soil test critical values (the soil P concentration below which we expect P fertilizer response) and fertilizer recommendation systems be used under a VR management strategy? How precise are interpolated soil test maps? These questions and others will be examined as we discuss ongoing research into VR-P.

Joshua McGrath (speaker)
Associate Professor & Extension Specialist
University of Kentucky
Lexington, KY 40546-0091
Dr. Josh McGrath joined University of Kentucky’s faculty in 2014 after spending eight years at the University of Maryland focused on agriculture and the Chesapeake Bay. Josh’s research and extension activities concentrate on agricultural productivity, with emphasis on water quality, nutrient use efficiency, and precision agriculture. Dr. McGrath routinely speaks throughout the United States on issues related to agriculture and the environment as well as precision agriculture. Dr. McGrath was born and raised in Smyrna, Delaware, graduated with a BA from Johns Hopkins University, earned his Ph.D. from University of Delaware, and conducted post-doctoral research at Virginia Tech. When not talking about or researching soil fertility Josh enjoys hunting and fishing and has been a volunteer firefighter for over 25 years.
Length (approx): 40 min
Seasonal Variation in Soil Test Potassium: When do you sample?

Potassium, as a non-mobile nutrient, is commonly thought to stay put in soils; however, this should not imply that soil test K levels are constant throughout the year. Seasonal variability in soil test K from spring to fall (often higher in spring and lower in fall) creates issues for soil sampling and interpreting soil test results for fertilizer applications. This session will cover soil K dynamics and approaches to mitigate seasonal K variability to improve nutrient management decisions.

John Breker (speaker)
Soil Scientist
AGVISE Laboratories
Northwood, ND 58267

John Breker has been a soil scientist with AGVISE Laboratories in Northwood, ND since 2017.  He provides training and technical support on soil fertility and plant nutrition to agronomists and farmers across the Northern Great Plains and Canadian Praries, working with over 20 different grain and forage crops.  John was raised on a grain farm in the Prairie Pothole Region of southeast North Dakota, where he saw the link between agriculture and the environment in our soil resources.  An experienced traveler, John has gained expansive knowledge of cropping systems and soils across the United States, Canada, Puerto Rico, New Zealand, and the Netherlands. 

Length (approx): 40 min
Evaluating Fertility Rates Using Spatial Analytics

Leveraging spatial analytics to calibrate fertilizer recommendations improves the efficiency of applied fertilizers. In many cases, fertilizer recommendations have not been recently updated, in part due to a lack of funding and man-power. Today's technology and the analytical capabilities allow for the optimization of field specific fertilizer recommendations that fit grower management styles and soils.

Chad Godsey (speaker)
Godsey Precision Ag, LLC
Eckley, CO 80727
Chad Godsey was born and raised on a farm and ranch near Wray in northeastern Colorado. After graduation with a PhD in 2005 he went to work at Oklahoma State University as a Cropping System Specialist in the Department of Plant and Soil Sciences. He served as the State Specialist for most of the oilseeds produced in the state. Most of his research and extension efforts were focused on increasing the efficiency of crop production through use of technology, no-tillage, and crop rotation. During his 7 years with OSU he begin to notice a disconnect between the precision ag industry and past research that had been conducted at Universities around the US. Nobody was offering services centered on the researched and proven technologies from the Universities. If services were being offered they often times were not being used correctly. At this point Godsey Precision Ag was created in an effort to help producers better utilize precision ag. technologies to increase their profitability. Dr. Godsey is passionate about using precision ag. technologies to increase the efficiency of crop inputs.
Ben Gist (speaker)
Key Account Manager
XS Inc. / AgVeritas
Research Triangle Park, NC 27560
In his role as Key Account Manager, Ben Gist leads innovative precision ag initiatives at XSInc, a North Carolina-based software company that specializes in data collection, cleaning, integration, analysis and reporting for the agriculture and turf and ornamental industries. Ben combines his software expertise with his passion for practical applications of precision agriculture. He is also the host of the Precision Ag Insight webcast series, which features the AgVeritas precision yield analysis software from XSInc. Prior to joining the company, Ben’s background includes roles in the GIS (Geographical Information System) applications and fisheries management fields. He holds a BA from the University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill.
Length (approx): 40 min