2022 Nitrogen Use Efficiency Workshop

Craig Chandler | University Communication


August 1–3, 2022

University of Nebraska–Lincoln
Nebraska Innovation Campus and Nebraska East Union

August 1 – Registration and Welcome Reception
The Mill Coffee & Bistro, Nebraska Innovation Campus, 2022 Transformation Dr., Lincoln

5:00 pm Registration, Drinks and Appetizers
5:30 pm Welcoming Remarks from Dan Duncan, NIC’s Executive Director
6:00 pm Tours of Innovation Campus Greenhouse – Dr. James Schnable, Associate Professor, Dr. Charles O. Gardner Professor of Agronomy, Agronomy and Horticulture; and Dr. Yufeng Ge, Associate Professor, Eberhard Professor of Agriculture, Biological Systems Engineering, University of Nebraska–Lincoln
6:30 pm BBQ Dinner and Reception with Welcoming Remarks from Dr. Ron Yoder, IANR Senior Associate Vice Chancellor, University of Nebraska–Lincoln
7:30 pm Friendly Robotics Social – Dr. Santosh Pitla, Associate Professor, Biological Systems Engineering, University of Nebraska–Lincoln
8:30 pm Adjourn
August 2 – Oral and Poster Sessions
Great Plains Room, Nebraska East Union, University of Nebraska–Lincoln

7:00 am Registration, Breakfast Pastries/Coffee, and Poster Set Up
8:00 am WelcomeDr. Laila Puntel, Assistant Professor, Agronomy and Horticulture, and Dr. John Lindquist, Agronomy and Horticulture Associate Department Head and Professor, University of Nebraska–Lincoln
8:20 am The History of the NUE Workshop and Memories of Dr. Bill Raun – Dr. James Schepers, Emeritus Professor, University of Nebraska–Lincoln (PDF of presentation available upon email request.)

 Outcomes from Over Two Decades of NUE Workshops – Dr. Newell Kitchen, Research Soil Scientist, USDA-ARS
8:45 am Keynote Opening Speaker: Dr. Ken Cassman, Emeritus Robert B. Daugherty Professor of Agronomy, University of Nebraska–Lincoln – “Journey to N Pollution-Free Crop Production” (PDF of presentation available upon email request.)
9:40 – 10:30 am SESSION 1: Using Crop Modeling to Demystify the N Cycle
Moderator: Dr. Laila Puntel
9:40 am Dr. Rafael M. Feria, Crop Modeling and Data Scientist, Pivot Bio – “Simulating the Impact of Diazotrophic Fixation on Corn Growth and Fertilizer Use Efficiency” (PDF of presentation available upon email request.)
10:05 am David Chaffin, Adapt-N, Yara Digital Farming – “Understanding the Approach and Value of Model Simulation-based N Recommendations
10:30 am Bret Shaw, Adapt-N, Yara Digital Farming
10:35 am Dr. Bob Gunzenhauser, Corteva
10:40 – 10:50 am Break
10:50 – 11:50 am Graduate Students Data Hackathon Competition – Sponsored by Corteva
Moderator: Dr. Bob Gunzenhauser
10:50 am Presenting the Competition
11:00 am Hackers of The Pampas – Kansas State University (PDF of presentation available upon email request.)
11:10 am Solver – University of Nebraska–Lincoln
11:20 am Jack’s Hack – South Dakota State University
11:30 am Fighting Illini DEZ – University of Illinois
11:40 am Closing Competition
11:50 – Noon Group Picture at the Entrance of the Nebraska East Union
Noon – 1:30 pm Lunch at Nebraska East Union
1:30 – 2:40 pm SESSION 2: Soil Health, NUE Indicators and Biologicals: How Do We Manage N in a C-Centric Era?
Moderator: Dr. Andrea Basche
1:30 pm Dr. Hanna Poffenbarger, Assistant Professor, University of Kentucky – “Finding Synergy in the Cycles: Managing Carbon and Nitrogen for Precision Sustainable Agriculture
1:55 pm Dr. Liz Rieke, Soil Scientist, and Dr. Cristine Morgan, Chief Scientific Officer, Soil Health Institute – “Nitrogen Indicators of Soil Health — State of the Science
2:20 pm Dr. Tim LaatschKoch Agronomic Services Overview 
2:25 pm Keira Havens, Pivot Bio
2:30 pm Matt Rellaford, Agoro – Agoro Carbon Alliance
2:35 pm Mike Zwingman, Verdesian
2:40 – 2:55 pm Break
2:55 - 5:00 pm Graduate Students Poster Session – Sponsored by Bayer
Moderator: Dr. Guillermo Balboa
2:55 pm
Poster Flash Talks: One Slide and One Minute to Introduce Each Poster 
3:20 pm Authors Present at Posters
5:00 pm Adjourn
7:00 pm Dinner: Lazlo’s Brewery & Grill, Lincoln Haymarket
August 3 – Oral Sessions
Great Plains Room, Nebraska East Union, University of Nebraska–Lincoln

7:30 am Registration, Breakfast Pastries/Coffee
8:00 – 10:40 am SESSION 3: Using Weather Uncertainty to Promote More In-season N Applications
Moderator: Dr. Brian Arnall
8:00 am Dr. Yuxin Miao, Associate Professor, Soil, Water, and Climate, University of Minnesota – “Big Data or Small Data? — Two Strategies to Improve Crop Sensing-based In-season Nitrogen Management of Corn”
8:25 am Jackson Stansell, PhD Student and CEO of Sentinel Fertigation – “Image-Based Fertigation: A Critical Tool for Resilient Irrigated Crop Production”
8:50 am Kyle King, PhD Student, Iowa State University – “Plant Density and Nitrogen Rate Interaction on Key Agronomic Traits Among Maize Hybrids
9:15 am Break
9:25 am Dr. Ignacio Ciampitti, Professor, and Dr. Adrian Correndo, Postdoc, Agronomy, Kansas State University – “Re-thinking Effective Use of Nitrogen (N) in Major Field Crops, Integrating Breeding and Management
9:50 am Natural Resources Districts: Russ Callan, Lower Loup NRD Manager – “Nitrate Modeling”; Lyndon Vogt, Central Platte NRD Manager – “Producer NUE(T) Dashboard”
10:15 am Discussion
10:40 – 10:55 am Break
10:55 – Noon SESSION 4: Innovations for N management: A Push out of the Box — Machine Learning and Artificial Intelligence
Moderator: Dr. Laila Puntel
10:55 am Dr. Spyros Mourtzinis, AgStat, Greece and Dr. Shawn Conley, Professor, Agronomy, University of Wisconsin-Madison – “Corn Management Recommendations Using Machine Learning Algorithms [via Zoom]”
11:20 am Dr. Nicolas Martin, Assistant Professor, Crop Sciences, University of Illinois Urbana-Champaign – “Frontiers in Prediction: How Well Can We Potentially Predict Nitrogen Needs”
11:45 am Jason French, CropMetrics, CropX
11:50 am Aaron Bereuter, Bayer
Noon Adjourn and Concluding Remarks
11:00 am Future Meetings: Selection of New Chair NUE Workshop 2023
12:20 pm Presentation of Graduate Student Awards
12:35 pm Lunch to Go