Editor’s Note: The PrecisionAg Awards of Excellence program honored the class of 2016 winners during the InfoAg Conference. This year’s winners include Ag Partners (Crop Adviser/Entrepreneur Award); Brian Arnall, Oklahoma State University (Extension/Research Award); Craige Mackenzie, Methven, New Zealand (Farmer Award); and Marvin Stone, Oklahoma State University (Posthumous Legacy Award). Here is an up close look at Marvin Stone, Oklahoma State University, Stillwater, OK.
Dr. Marvin Stone was a Regents Professor at Oklahoma State University for 24 years, lecturing in the Biosystems and Agricultural Engineering department. He retired in 2006. A year prior, he was given OSU’s highest faculty award, the Eminent Faculty Award. During Dr. Stone’s time at OSU he authored nearly 100 papers, was awarded millions of dollars in grants, taught legions of young aspiring engineers while mentoring and advising dozens of graduate students across multiple disciplines. Marvin and his wife Bonnie Stone, passed away on Oct. 24, after being struck by an automobile following the OSU Homecoming Parade.
Dr. Stone’s research expertise focused on two major technological areas, international equipment communication and diagnostic protocol standards and high-speed, selective, point-specific field application of chemicals. He was a key member of the university’s interdisciplinary research team that developed the landmark GreenSeeker optical sensor system honored by the USDA in 2002. Adopted worldwide, this groundbreaking technology precisely measures crop needs in real time, allowing a producer to apply only the needed amount of fertilizer or agricultural chemicals.
Dr. Stone was named a Fellow by the American Society of Agricultural and Biological Engineers in 2004, a highly competitive membership grade achieved by fewer than 2% of agricultural engineers worldwide.
“As a Plant and Soil Science MS student having Dr. Stone on my graduate committee was both intimidating and amazing. It only took seconds of visiting with Marvin to realize he was brilliant and only and additional second to see that he was so truly humble and only wanted to teach and train those around him,” says Dr. Brian Arnall, Associate Professor in the Department of Plant and Soil Science at Oklahoma State.