Full Name
Robert Nielsen
Job Title
Professor Emeritus
Purdue University
Speaker Bio
He obtained a B.S. degree at the Univ. of Nebraska and graduate degrees at the Univ. of Minnesota and 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. After 40 years of having the privilege to serve Indiana agriculture as Purdue's "Corn Guy", he retired from Purdue on 31 December 2022. His Extension programming focused on optimizing yield, profitability, and stewardship of corn production for growers in Indiana and throughout the eastern Corn Belt. He worked with over 720,000 farmers and their advisors at over 2,000 Extension programs in Indiana and elsewhere in the U.S. over the course of his career. The last 15+ years of his field scale research focused 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. Many of his Corny News articles can be found at "Corny News Compendium" web page or indirectly at "The Kernel" developed by his successor, Dr. Dan Quinn in 2021.
Robert Nielsen