2019 NUE Workshop:

Developing Tools Adaptive to Wicked* Nitrogen

*wicked: a problem that is challenging to solve because of incomplete and changing requirements that are often difficult to recognize

Columbia, Missouri, USA
August 5-7, 2019

2019 NUE Workshop

Present. Compete. Network. Explore.
August 5-7, 2019
Columbia, MO

The 2019 NUE Workshop will focus on developing tools adaptive to the crop management of nitrogen—an element deemed "wicked." The term "wicked" is used to describe a problem that is challenging to solve because of incomplete and changing requirements that are often difficult to recognize. The use of the term "wicked" here has come to denote resistance to resolution, rather than evil.

No cost for meals or registration. View lodging accommodation details here.


Conference Organizers: Newell Kitchen, Ken Sudduth, and Curtis Ransom

Questions? Contact Newell Kitchen.

To view information from previous NUE workshops, click here.

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Workshop Program

Monday, Aug. 5: Registration & Welcome Reception (Eckles Hall Cafe)

5:00-7:00  Registration

5:30-6:00  Tours of Historic Sanborn Field

6:00-8:00  BBQ Dinner & Reception

7:00-8:00  Drone Race

Tuesday, Aug. 6: Oral & Poster Sessions (Stotler Lounge, N103 Memorial Union)

7:30  Registration, Breakfast Pastries, Poster Set-up

8:10  Welcome

8:20-9:00  Session 1: Deconvoluting N & Water Stress Effects

9:00-11:10  Session 2: Commercial N Management Tools: Share What You Can, & Then Just a Little Bit More (with 15-min. break)

11:10-12:00  Granular Graduate Student Data Hack-a-thon

12:00-1:00  Lunch

1:00-2:35  Session 3: Open Session

2:35-5:00  The Climate Corporation Graduate Student Poster Session

5:00  Adjourn to Dinner at Shakespeare's Pizza

Wednesday, Aug. 7: Oral Sessions (Stotler Lounge, N103 Memorial Union)

7:30  Registration, Breakfast Pastries

8:00-9:20  Session 4: Drone Discovery for Nutrient Management Decisions

9:20-10:50  Session 5: Integration of Soil & Plant Sensing

10:50-12:00  Session 6: What Can We Do Next? A Push Out of the Box

12:00  Lunch (to stay or to go)

Download a full version of the program below: 



Graduate Student Competitions

The Climate Corporation Poster Contest + 1-minute Flash Talk

  • ​Size: 4' x 4,' with 44.5" x 44.5" workable area

  • For tips on poster presentation, click here

  • Before the poster session, there will be a graduate student oral session to introduce the posters. Each graduate student with a poster will get one PowerPoint slide and one minute for a “flash talk” to explain what attendees will learn when they visit the poster.

  • Slide must be sent by Friday, August 2 to mbean@soilhealthinstitute.org in a PowerPoint file. 16:9 aspect ratio preferred; 4:3 acceptable.

  • Awards will be given to the top three posters based on overall originality and merit, knowledge and presentation, organization of poster, and appearance of poster display.


Share Your Science, by Video

  • Video is a powerful way to capture and communicate information. This contest provides grad students​ with an opportunity to apply precision messaging through video. 

  • Limited to first 5 entries

  • Entries allowed 2-4 minutes for video followed by Q&A (total time: 6 minutes max.)

  • Videos will be judged on their ability to communicate the message to other scientists

  • Awards will be given to the top two videos

  • Download additional guidelines here


Drone Race

  • ​During the Monday evening reception, students will have the chance to compete in a mini-drone race. Competitors will race around a track while going through a series of obstacles.

  • Awards will be given to three winners

  • Sign-up is available when you register for the conference


Granular Data Hack-a-thon

  • University teams (2-4 students/team) will have the week before the workshop to analyze and develop interpretations using a dataset common to all teams. Teams will present their approach and findings at the workshop as part of an oral session.

  • Teams will be given 5-7 min. for an oral presentation with 2-3 minutes for Q&A (10 min. max.)

  • Limited to first three team entries (one team/university)

  • A monetary award will be given to the team judged best at data analysis techniques, interpretation, take-away recommendations, and presentation skills.

  • Download additional guidelines here


Get to know industry representatives, scientists, and graduate students, and share research from all across the continent. Make lasting connections through face-to-face interaction.


The 2019 NUE Workshop will feature a guided research visit to Sanborn Field—the oldest experimental plot west of the Mississippi River that just celebrated its 130th year. The site is a registered National Historic Landmark.

Accommodations / Travel

A block of rooms has been reserved at Stoney Creek Inn located south of the University of Missouri campus. See details below:

Stoney Creek Hotel & Conference Center

2601 S. Providence Rd., Columbia, MO 65203

Room Block Name: NUE Workshop

Reservations: 800-659-2220

Rate: $99 (single/double), includes breakfast and free parking

Cut-off date: July 5, 2019

Note: Please confirm cancellation policy when making reservations.

Columbia Regional Airport (COU) is served by American Airlines and United Airlines, with flights to Chicago, Dallas, and Denver.

Columbia is about a two-hour drive from the St. Louis airport (STL) and 2.5 hours from the Kansas City airport (MCI), both of which are served by most major airlines. Rental cars or a commercial van shuttle (www.moexpress.com) are available for travel to Columbia.

Local Information: www.visitcolumbiamo.com

Directions / Parking

Monday Reception

The Café at Eckles Hall in Stringer Wing

*Parking in AV11

Sanborn Field tour

Tuesday and Wednesday

Meetings in Stotler Lounge at Memorial Student Union

*Parking at the University Ave Garage (corner of University Ave and Matthew St)

Download workshop map here.

*If you plan on driving your own vehicle and parking on campus, you must register your vehicle here to avoid be towed or ticketed.


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