Laila Puntel is an Assistant Professor in Soil Fertility and Precision Ag. She has a research, extension and teaching appointment since 2019. Originally from Buenos Aires province, Argentina, Puntel grew up in a productive corn, soybean, wheat and barley region. She obtained a Bachelor of Science in agriculture engineering from the National University of Mar del Plata, Buenos Aires, Argentina, and a Master of Science degree and doctoral degree in crop production and physiology from Iowa State University. Before joining UNL, Puntel co-founded and worked in a Precision Ag and Soil Testing Lab consulting business for six years (Clarion, Nueve de Julio, Bs As, Argentina) and worked for almost a year at an Ag Tech Company (CiBo Technologies, Cambridge, MA) as a Crop Scientist and Modeler. Dr. Puntel research and extension at UNL primarily focused on nitrogen management in cereal crops and the use of innovative technology to improve nitrogen use efficiency.