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Newell R Kitchen

Soil Scientist


/ARSUserFiles/3042/NRK2022.jpgNewell is a Research Soil Scientist working in the ARS Cropping Systems and Water Quality Research Unit in Columbia, Missouri. His research focuses on developing new knowledge for managing agricultural practices on spatially-variable soil landscapes and to assess their impacts and sustainability. Additionally, he works on developing decision support tools to support a Genetics x Environment x Management (GxExM) approach for on-farm implementation of resilient cropping systems.

Newell completed his B.Sc. degree from Brigham Young University, M.Sc degree from University of Missouri, and his Ph.D. (1990) degree in Crop and Soil Sciences from Colorado State University. His research program Recognized for his research in integrated agricultural systems as related to precision agriculture systems, soil and water quality in agroecosystems, and nutrient management for improved fertilizer use efficiency. His research is documented in more than 340 technical publications (including 140+ peer-reviewed journal articles). Examples of research contribution include: 1) Initiating some of the earliest work relating spatially-measured soil and landscape data obtained by automated sensors to soil physical and chemical characteristics and crop productivity; 2) Producing new concepts, methodology, and tools for delineating within-field management zones; 3) Establishing relationships of cropping practices on ground and surface water quality for poorly-drained U.S. Midwest soils; 4) Developing new strategies and procedures for variable-rate N application in crop production; and 5) Pioneering a plan and implementing at field-scale a precision agriculture system that encompasses carefully-prioritized grain crop production and environmental goals. He was elected as the 2011 President of the American Society of Agronomy (ASA), serving ~7,000 scientific and ~13,000 practicing agronomists.