Dr. Bob Nielsen

Professor of Agronomy
Purdue University

Originally from Nebraska, I joined the Agronomy staff at Purdue in 1982 after obtaining M.S. and Ph.D. degrees from the University of Minnesota. I was raised on a farm in eastern Nebraska, obtained a B.S. degree at the Univ. of Nebraska and graduate degrees at the Univ. of Minnesota. I joined the Agronomy faculty at Purdue in 1982 with statewide responsibilities for applied field research, graduate student training, and Extension programming with an emphasis on corn management practices.

My field-scale research currently focuses on identifying the optimal management of nitrogen fertilizer, seeding rates, starter fertilizer, sulfur fertilizer, biological in-furrow amendments, and the use of small UAVs for crop scouting and field research. My Extension programming focuses on optimizing yield, profitability, and stewardship of corn production for growers in Indiana and throughout the eastern Corn Belt. Since the mid-1990's, I have made extensive use of the Web as an Extension communication medium. My primary online presence today is the Chat 'n Chew Cafe Web site (http://www.kingcorn.org/cafe) that provides a "1-stop shop" for links to timely agronomic newsletters from landgrant universities throughout the Midwest, plus links to educational events and useful crop management references.