Welcome to The Open Furrow, reimaged! We have migrated to off-campus hosting in the wake of internal IT consolidation efforts within the College of Agriculture and Life Sciences at NC State University. However, that movement has not altered our guiding principles: fostering an open exchange of informative, thought-provoking ideas about soil, "the thin mantle of Earth's surface that sustains us", agro productivity, and the inexhaustible fund of human ingenuity that feeds and fuels the nexus of global strivings we percieve as modern civilization.
My profile: Research Specialist in the (former) Department of Soil Science at NC State University, since 1994. During this time I have collaborated with faculty, staff, graduate students, extension personnel, and private stakeholders on projects related to tillage practices, nutrient management and productivity emphasizing intrinsic soil-water-plant relationships that impact long-term sustainability in cropping systems under the guidance of Dr. Michael G. Wagger, from 1994-2006. From 2007-2014 I provided technical support to Dr. Jeffrey G. White focusing on integrating precision agriculture, remote sensing, and related geospatial technologies within a similar research framework. In January 2015 I joined the fledgling AMPLIFY project at the NCSU-NCDA Cunningham Research Farm in Kinston, NC. The AMPLIFY (Agrosphere Modeling for Producing Large Increases in Food Yield) strategic public-private research partnership engages experts and prime stakeholders from industry, academia, and agribusiness to generate knowledge and develop, test, and publish new approaches, technologies and analytic tools to advance high-yield, resilient agriculture integrating multi-platform digital information.
We invite you to browse the links at left. Examine our recent and ongoing work in Projects; for the non-specialist we present a growing series of technical notes in Dirt Hog's Companion; links to innovative, thought-provoking ideas about tillage, agro productivity and resource-efficient "sustainable" agriculture in Behind the Wire; the evolving field of site-specific management is featured in On Point; Agrosphere Journal, a poignant if occassionally unorthodox blog that ponders land and life and everything within and between; and finally, learn about culture, agriculture, and the world beyond in Explorations.