Dr. Randy Taylor Honored With 2015 Precision Ag Legacy Award

Randy Taylor Oklahoma State University
Dr. Randy Taylor, Oklahoma State University

Dr. Randy Taylor, professor and extension engineer, machinery systems 70/30 extension/research; Department of Biosystems and Agricultural Engineering, Oklahoma State University, has been named a 2015 winner of the Legacy Award in the Precision Agriculture Awards Of Excellence program. Taylor was nominated by Oklahoma State professor and UAVs in farming expert Brian Arnall.

Since 2007, the PrecisionAg Awards of Excellence have been made possible by the support of the PrecisionAg Institute.

“Dr. Taylor is innovative as both a researcher and extension specialist,” writes Arnall in his nomination letter. “As a researcher he has been an integral part of the development of numerous technologies such as the GreenSeeker, as well as a new precision seed placement planter, the GreenSeeder. Even more so during his tenure at OSU Dr. Taylor as created many devices for agronomist to be used in both research and extension. These creations have allowed for the advancement of technology development and greatly improved extensions. A recent build created a 3pt applicator that could put out four dry fertilizer treatments in single pass.”

In regards to his leadership capabilities in Stillwater, OK, where Oklahoma State University is located, Arnall highlights Dr. Taylor’s work in variable-rate application research.

“Dr. Taylor has been a leader on many fronts, specifically with the Precision-Ag, Variable Rate Technology Team here at OSU,” Arnall explains. “Dr. Taylor has demonstrated both vision and leadership, as he has successfully integrated many scientists from departments all across campus to assist with the VRT research. In the early 2000’s, under Dr. Taylor’s leadership, the VRT group advanced variable fertilizer nitrogen rate applicators based on optical spectral measurements. Similarly, his visionary work manipulating seed placement that resulted in controlled leaf geometry has now been implemented into a fully functional machine design.”

Stewardship is another one of Dr. Taylor’s focuses in his day-to-day with the Cowpokes.

“One of the greatest examples of Randy’s stewardship is his involvement with the Kansas Ag Research and Technology Association (KARTA), which he founded in May 2000 (originally founded as KARA),” writes Arnall. “The group’s goals are to facilitate on-farm research by providing educational workshops to teach techniques and analysis methods, provide funding for on-farm research through research grants, maintain a website to facilitate information sharing and adopt new information sharing tools.”

Besides being a prolific writer of academic research briefs (author or coauthor on 154 technical papers, 44 scientific journal articles and two U.S. patents), Dr. Taylor was awarded the American Society of Agricultural and Biological Engineers (ASABE) Fellow in 2014, ASABE Standards Developer Award in 2010, ASAE Superior Paper Award in 2002. In addition to his awards Dr. Taylor has been an extremely service role as member, chair, or vice-chair, 23 ASABE Steering/Management committees.

But, perhaps nothing sums up Dr. Taylor’s worthiness for this award quite like the following quote from his colleague Arnall. “One of the greatest comments I can add about Dr. Taylor is that he is truly a Agronomic Engineer. He can converse as just as easily with a conventional wheat farmer from Oklahoma as he can with the greatest engineers in the world.”

Leave a Reply

Trending Articles
JDandPessl
Sensors/IoTJohn Deere, Pessl Instruments Team Up to Create Opportunities
June 18, 2018
John Deere is best known for its line of tractors, combines, sprayers, and implements. However, in an effort to help Read More
Matt-Waits-featured
Decision Support SoftwareSST’s Matt Waits: Innovative Data Solutions Key to Transforming Global Agriculture
May 31, 2018
Proagrica, part of RELX Group, earlier this year acquired U.S.-based precision agriculture solutions company, SST Software, in a move set Read More
InfoAg ConferenceThe InfoAg Conference Offers Early Bird Registration Discount
May 24, 2018
Since 1995, The InfoAg Conference has been the premier event for discussion and advancement of precision agriculture. The event, organized Read More
Ernie-Chappell-Screenshot
EventsEFC Systems Sponsorship Demonstrates Commitment to Continuing Education for Retail Dealerships
May 16, 2018
Enterprise software manufacturer EFC Systems, scholarship sponsor of the inaugural PrecisionAg® Professional Accelerator professional development conference this June in Brookings, Read More
EventsMeister Media Debuts Growing Innovations
May 10, 2018
As a service provider, you and your grower customers probably can agree on this much: While innovation abounds in agriculture, Read More
UCANR_booth_Food_IT_forum
EventsForum Calling All Innovators of Agriculture Technology
May 2, 2018
The challenges that come with feeding the world continue to grow. Luckily, so do advances in information technology that are Read More
Latest News
Industry NewsRaven Launching CR12 Field Computer in Europe this Week
June 19, 2018
Raven Industries announced the release of a new, larger field computer: the CR12. Utilizing the same functionality as the CR7 Read More
dropcopter
DronesNew York Apple Orchard Claims World First in Pollinatio…
June 18, 2018
Beak & Skiff Apple Orchard in LaFayette, NY, is the first orchard in the world to use drones to pollinate Read More
Farmer with iPad
Decision Support SoftwareAgrian Enhances Field Scouting App
June 18, 2018
Agrian has added a new feature to its robust field scouting app – a pest trap counting solution. The new Read More
AmericasMFA Precision Head Talks Precision Ag, Cover Crops at 2…
June 18, 2018
Although implicit to anyone that spends a good chunk of their career in agriculture, the link between advanced precision technology Read More
Iron Man
UncategorizedAgFunder News: Forget Self-Driving Tractors; Agricultur…
June 18, 2018
Marvel’s Iron Man suit might seem an unlikely source of inspiration for growers, writes Joseph Byrum on AgFunderNews.com. Once the Read More
Soil-Corn-plants-field
Data ManagementRemote Soil-Sensed Management Zones Help Increase Crop …
June 18, 2018
Accurate prescription maps are essential for effective variable rate technology (VRT) fertilizer application. Grid soil sampling is frequently used to Read More
JDandPessl
Sensors/IoTJohn Deere, Pessl Instruments Team Up to Create Opportu…
June 18, 2018
John Deere is best known for its line of tractors, combines, sprayers, and implements. However, in an effort to help Read More
computer-in-field
Business Management3 Questions to Ask When Looking for Your First Job in P…
June 18, 2018
Let me begin this column by extending my congratulations to all of my fellow students who have just graduated – Read More
Robotics/Labor SaversStine Seed Plunks Down $5 Million on Smart Ag’s D…
June 14, 2018
Stine Seed Farm has invested $5 million in Smart Ag Inc., an Iowa technology firm that has developed a full Read More
David-Perry-featured-image
AmericasIndigo Touts ‘New Approach to Agricultural R&…
June 13, 2018
Indigo, the Boston-based microbial crop technology startup that has raised more than $400 million, announced it is expanding its research Read More
Ag Drone
EventsAgTech Conference of the South Dedicated to Innovation,…
June 12, 2018
Join current and emerging agtech business leaders and investors at the AgTech Conference of the South, a premiere conference dedicated Read More
Munckhof Machinefabriek equipment
EuropeEurope: Precision Farming at Heart of Munckhof Deal
June 11, 2018
One of Europe’s oldest suppliers of machinery used in fruit production, the Dutch firm Munckhof Machinefabriek, has been purchased by Read More
Australian-Farmers
Australia/New ZealandCrunching the Ag-Tech Numbers Saves Time for Australian…
June 5, 2018
Time management is key on the Walker family’s farm, where a mix between cropping, commercial sheep and two studs means Read More
Drone-exhbitor-at-Drone-Show
AmericasDroneShow Highlights UAV Technology in Latin America
June 4, 2018
Editor’s note: The DroneShow Latin America is an annual trade fair hosted by MundoGEO, a media and communications company founded Read More
Imagery/SensingImagery in Agriculture: Time for a Reality Check
June 4, 2018
Where do I begin….I’ve been dealing with imagery in agriculture since I was 10 when my dad started Satshot. At Read More
AmericasNAAA Issues Drone Pilot Reminder: Watch Out For Aerial …
May 31, 2018
With more than 1 million UAVs registered with the FAA, it is vitally important for UAV operators to be aware Read More
Matt-Waits-featured
Decision Support SoftwareSST’s Matt Waits: Innovative Data Solutions Key t…
May 31, 2018
Proagrica, part of RELX Group, earlier this year acquired U.S.-based precision agriculture solutions company, SST Software, in a move set Read More
CROO Robotics’ automated strawberry harvester
Specialty CropsGrowingProduce.com: Fruit Growers, It’s Time to Mechani…
May 30, 2018
If you’re into conspiracies, you might be interested to know that I have stumbled onto a doozy. And it looks Read More