Proceedings 2004

Indiana Crop Adviser Conference

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Making Recommendations Based on Local Databases

Nitrogen Recommendations Based on Local Databases

Fertilizer N management practices were developed by an agronomist through a locally-based research program. The objective of the agronomist was to determine if and/or how generalized N recommendations needed to be changed to better fit local conditions. Years of collecting data on local management practices coupled with replicated research trials allowed him to determine economically optimum N rates for the predominant soil types in his trade area. This information provided him with the agronomic basis to use new technologies to vary N rates across the field according to soil type.

Scott Murrell Northcentral Director
Potash & Phosphate Institute

Biography: Dr. T. Scott Murrell, a native of Indiana, is Northcentral Director of the Potash & Phosphate Institute. Scott earned his B.A. degree from Purdue University in 1986. In 1991, he received his M.S. degree in Soil Fertility, also at Purdue. In 1996, he earned his Ph.D. from Texas A&M University in the area of Soil Science. Scott has been with the Institute since 1996.