Dr. Nyle Wollenhaupt of AGCO has been named the 2011 Legacy Award Winner for Precision Ag Excellence.
As a Plant Scientist, Nyle has always led first with the scientific approach to variable rate application: applying only what is needed and when, while determining those amounts based upon proven science. He has worked with farmers and custom applicators from the earliest concepts of statistical-based soil sampling to development of hardware and software tools. This allowed agronomists to add their local knowledge of agronomic practices and techniques in forms that enhanced agronomic value to their customers through practicing variable rate application of fertilizers, soil amendments and plant protection products. As additional support for using these field techniques, Wollenhaupt has worked closely with yield monitors and precision farming tools that assist in quantifying and substantiating the economic value of precision farming.
As a former University Educator, Wollenhaupt has worked to bring not only agronomic science to the farmer, but also a realistic industry practice to university and county Extension agents through collaborative field trails, lectures and numerous assistive efforts with both equipment and field time. He has also been one to patiently answer questions of younger industry members by working to inspire and collaborate on advancing both tools and techniques of precision farming.
“As a true leader, Nyle has worked in the last decade to help foster the next generation’s efforts with industry and academics to product mangers, engineers and agronomists and has striven for agriculture to continually raise the performance bar and improve in all facets of our industry,” said Dr. Joe Tevis of AGCO Corp.