Harold Reetz has been a champion of technology and precision agriculture throughout his four decade-long career. Starting out in Extension in the Purdue University system in the 1970s, he assumed numerous leadership roles over the years and worked tirelessly as a champion for improving agronomic practices through education, research, outreach, and collaboration with like-minded growers and researchers from around the world.
In his role as midwest director of the International Plant Nutrition Institute, Reetz promoted the use of variable-rate fertilizers. He initiated the InfoAg Conference in the mid-1990s as a way of getting people together to share experiences and build a networked community of vendors, users, and service providers. As president of the Foundation for Agronomic Research he led multi-state teams in field research projects and development of training materials, as well as workshops on the use of precision farming and the resulting data to make decisions.
Other 2010 PrecisionAg Awards of Excellence Winners:
• Crop Adviser/Entrepreneur Award: OptiGro Team/Jimmy Sanders
• Education/Research Award: Dr. Terry Griffin
• Farmer Award: Ken Dalenberg
• Legacy Award: Jess Loweberg-DeBoer