Session
Title: Managing by Zones
Date: Tue Aug 2, 2016
Time: 1:00 PM - 3:00 PM
Moderator: Tom Bruulsema
Science Behind Zones: Background/timeline/tools

Grid soil sampling and Management zones have been around for over two decades. Both techniques quantify spatial variability in farm fields. Key question: After two decades of capturing variability, are we doing it right? Does science agrees with our approach? Let’s find out.

Raj Khosla (speaker)
Professor of Precision Agriculture
Colorado State University
Dept. of Soil and Crop Sciences
Fort Collins, CO 80523-1170
US
(970) 491-1920
Prof. Raj Khosla is Robert E. Gardner Professor of Precision Agriculture at Colorado State University (CSU). In addition, he holds the title of CSU distinguished Monfort Professorship. In 2015, Dr. Khosla was recognized as the “Precision Ag Educator of the Year 2015”. Previously, in 2012, Dr. Khosla was named the Jefferson Science Fellow by the National Academy of Sciences and was appointed as the Senior Science Advisor on Food Security to the U.S. Department of State. In 2011, he was inducted by NASA to the US “Presidential Advisory Board on Positioning, Navigation and Timing” to work on the US space based GPS policy. His main research focus has been on “Management of in-field soil and crop spatial variability using innovative technologies (such as Global Positioning Systems or GPS, Geographic Information Systems or GIS, and Remote-sensing) for variable rate precision nutrient management, particularly Nitrogen. He has generated many discoveries in precision agriculture, most widely recognized among them is the innovative technique of quantifying variability of spatially diverse soils using satellite based remote-sensing to create management zones, which is currently being used by farmers in Colorado, across US and in other countries around the world. He currently has projects in multiple countries and is championing efforts to enhance crop input use efficiency, productivity, profitability, and sustainability of large and small scale agricultural production systems. He has co-authored over 300 publications (book chapters, refereed journal articles, extension articles, proceedings, bulletins, reports, popular press articles, digital media, and others). He has been invited globally to over 30 countries. Dr. Khosla is the Fellow of American Society of Agronomy; Fellow of Soil Science Society of America; Fellow of Soil and Water Conservation Society and Honorary Life Fellow of International Society of Precision Agriculture. He is the Founder and Past-President of the International Society of Precision Agriculture.
Length (approx): 20 min
 
Moving from Grid to Zone

For an intensive soil sampling strategy both zone sampling and grid sampling could and should be used in conjunction.  

The discussion will talk about the merits of both program and when and where they could be integrated.

Brian Arnall (speaker)
Precision Nutrient Management Extension Specialist
Oklahoma State University
Department of Plant and Soil Sciences
Stillwater, OK 74078
US
405 744 1722
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 in cotton production and ground truthing the use of sensor in wheat production. In addition Dr. Arnall is involved in many extension projects such as demonstrating the benefits of liming and the evaluation of nutrient products that are marketed in Oklahoma.
Length (approx): 20 min
 
Are Soil Test Recs Ready for High Resolution Spatial Application

We have the ability to collect soil samples and apply fertilizer at relatively fine spatial resolutions. However, current soil test recommendations were not necessarily developed with this in mind. Questions will be raised, answers are not promised.

Josh McGrath (speaker)
Extension Associate Professor
University of Kentucky
Plant Science Building
Lexington, KY 40546-0312
US
Extension Specialist - Agricultural Soil Management. Applied research and extension in agronomic soil fertility and nutrient management to maximize profitability, efficiency, and protect natural resources. Specializing in site-specific nutrient management, manure management, and water quality protection. Dr. Josh McGrath joined the University of Kentucky as an Associate Professor and Soil Management Specialist in July of 2014 after eight years on faculty at University of Maryland. Dr. McGrath
Length (approx): 20 min
 
Zones Case Studies and Panel Discussion
Raj Khosla (speaker)
Professor of Precision Agriculture
Colorado State University
Dept. of Soil and Crop Sciences
Fort Collins, CO 80523-1170
US
(970) 491-1920
Prof. Raj Khosla is Robert E. Gardner Professor of Precision Agriculture at Colorado State University (CSU). In addition, he holds the title of CSU distinguished Monfort Professorship. In 2015, Dr. Khosla was recognized as the “Precision Ag Educator of the Year 2015”. Previously, in 2012, Dr. Khosla was named the Jefferson Science Fellow by the National Academy of Sciences and was appointed as the Senior Science Advisor on Food Security to the U.S. Department of State. In 2011, he was inducted by NASA to the US “Presidential Advisory Board on Positioning, Navigation and Timing” to work on the US space based GPS policy. His main research focus has been on “Management of in-field soil and crop spatial variability using innovative technologies (such as Global Positioning Systems or GPS, Geographic Information Systems or GIS, and Remote-sensing) for variable rate precision nutrient management, particularly Nitrogen. He has generated many discoveries in precision agriculture, most widely recognized among them is the innovative technique of quantifying variability of spatially diverse soils using satellite based remote-sensing to create management zones, which is currently being used by farmers in Colorado, across US and in other countries around the world. He currently has projects in multiple countries and is championing efforts to enhance crop input use efficiency, productivity, profitability, and sustainability of large and small scale agricultural production systems. He has co-authored over 300 publications (book chapters, refereed journal articles, extension articles, proceedings, bulletins, reports, popular press articles, digital media, and others). He has been invited globally to over 30 countries. Dr. Khosla is the Fellow of American Society of Agronomy; Fellow of Soil Science Society of America; Fellow of Soil and Water Conservation Society and Honorary Life Fellow of International Society of Precision Agriculture. He is the Founder and Past-President of the International Society of Precision Agriculture.
Brian Arnall (speaker)
Precision Nutrient Management Extension Specialist
Oklahoma State University
Department of Plant and Soil Sciences
Stillwater, OK 74078
US
405 744 1722
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 in cotton production and ground truthing the use of sensor in wheat production. In addition Dr. Arnall is involved in many extension projects such as demonstrating the benefits of liming and the evaluation of nutrient products that are marketed in Oklahoma.
Joshua McGrath (speaker)
Extension Associate Professor
University of Kentucky
Plant Science Building
Lexington, KY 40546-0312
US
Extension Specialist - Agricultural Soil Management. Applied research and extension in agronomic soil fertility and nutrient management to maximize profitability, efficiency, and protect natural resources. Specializing in site-specific nutrient management, manure management, and water quality protection. Dr. Josh McGrath joined the University of Kentucky as an Associate Professor and Soil Management Specialist in July of 2014 after eight years on faculty at University of Maryland. Dr. McGrath
Length (approx): 60 min