The Sensor-Based Nutrient Management Community is an ASA Community within the Agronomic Production Systems Section.
Scientists, graduate students, and industry representatives have been meeting at various locations in the U.S. for the past eight years to exchange experiences related to the use of crop canopy sensors to help make better-informed nitrogen management decisions. Please be aware of two upcoming events that will include sensors that are used to make nutrient management decisions.
InfoAg 2013 (July 16-18 2013, Springfield, IL (http://infoag.org) Conference program posted on their site that is listed.
The 2013 Nitrogen Use Efficiency Workshop, as it is frequently called, will be hosted by Dr. John Shanahan and Dr. Newell Kitchen in Des Moines, IA on August 5-7, 2013. This is the group of graduate students, scientists, and industry representatives that have migrated within the Midwest region for a summer-time workshop over the past decade. The workshop will begin at 4:00 PM on August 5 with a field tour of the Pioneer facilities, and field research. This will be followed by a barbeque provided by Pioneer. The program for August 6 and until noon on August 7 is being developed by Dr. Shanahan (firstname.lastname@example.org) and Dr. Kitchen (email@example.com), and will feature presentations and discussions related to the use of sensors to make management decisions. There will be no registration fee for this workshop. Attendance at recent workshops has been ~65, so it is a good opportunity for graduate students to interact and share their experiences.
Economic and environmental concerns are prompting re-examination of nutrient management practices. Nitrogen is the most dynamic and difficult crop nutrient to manage, but to be effective these practices need to be integrated with management of water and other nutrients. Emerging technologies involving crop sensors have expanded opportunities for making multiple applications to optimize nutrient use efficiency and profitability. More will be posted on the NUE web site (http://nue.okstate.edu/Nitrogen_Conference2013/Pioneer_Iowa.htm).