Session
Title: Nitrogen Tools
Date: Tue Aug 2, 2016
Time: 3:40 PM - 5:40 PM
Moderator: John Shanahan
Nitrogen Management Tools - Needs, Promises and Pitfalls

Producers have different nitrogen (N) management concerns depending on the previous crop, yield goal, soil properties, topography, anticipated weather, manure availability, fertilizer and equipment options, time to evaluate in-season crop growth, and technical competence. An irrigated producer in Nebraska (Paul Gangwish) will share his needs, frustrations and opportunities and then Jim Schepers will share information about the products and services that various commercial entities offer to help address producer needs in general. Some offerings are aimed at being a one-stop shop and others merely provide unique services or types of information. A non-inclusive group of vendors was characterized in terms of how they address soil, water, climate, and agronomic considerations. These will be discussed in general and a more detailed spreadsheet will be provided.

Jim Schepers (speaker)
Soil Scientist
Emeriti, Agronomy and Horticulture Department, University of
3820 Loveland Dr.
Lincoln, NE 68506
US
Jim Schepers is a retired soil scientist with USDA-ARS and emeriti Professor in the Agronomy and Horticulture Department at the Univ. of Nebraska. He earned B.S. and M.S. degrees from the Univ. of Nebraska and a Ph.D. from the Univ. of Illinois. Since retiring in 2008, his time is spent consulting, serving as an expert witness, and working to promote in-season nitrogen management.
Paul Gangwish (speaker)
Farmer
PG Farms, Inc.
57252 145th Road
Shelton, NE 68876
US
Fifth generation farmer raising seed corn, commercial corn, soybeans and grain sorghum all under irrigation. No-till practices on all Central Nebraska farms and tillage as necessary on North Central farms. Diversification includes a cattle operation with grass pastures and backgrounding lot, a small trucking company with a seven - truck fleet hauling large equipment, grain and seed loads, and a custom seed corn harvest operation. Married with five kids.
Length (approx): 60 min
 
NutrientStar Program

NutrientStar is an independent, third-party program that determines just how effective nutrient management tools are at helping farmers optimize their fertilizer use – and potentially save on input costs. The mission of the program is to identify fertilizer management products and decision support tools that effectively keep nutrients in the field and reduce fertilizer losses. Scientific assessments provide valuable information on a tool's performance to the entire commodity crop supply chain – from farmers to food companies – while benefiting air and water quality across America.

Wade Thomason (speaker)
Professor
Virginia Tech
422 Smyth Hall, 185 Ag Quad Lane (0404)
Blacksburg, VA 24061
US
540-231.2988
Dr. Thomason is a Professor and the Extension Grain Crops Specialist for the commonwealth of Virginia. In this role, he provides state-wide leadership for extension and research programs in production and management of corn and small grains. He holds an M.S. in agronomy and Ph.D. in soil science from Oklahoma State University.
Length (approx): 40 min
 
NutrientStar Field Trials
John McGuire (speaker)
Co-Founder, S Squared | Owner/Manager, Simplified Technology Services
NutrientStar
US
For 20 years, John McGuire has used his skills in data management, geographic information systems, remote sensing and computer programming to improve precision agriculture practices. He has an inside perspective on both agribusinesses and agricultural consulting. He co-founded consulting firm S Squared to partner with Environmental Defense Fund in the establishment and management of the NutrientStar program.
Length (approx): 20 min