Dr. Tracy Blackmer is the Director of Research at the Iowa Soybean Association. He also directs the ISA On-Farm Network® and is the principal investigator on more than a dozen different projects involving the use of precision agriculture technologies in farmer-directed research to improve crop production profitability and reduce the impact of farming on the environment. These projects include evaluating new products, production practices, and fine-tuning rates, application timing and method for production inputs such as fertilizer and pesticides.
Prior to joining the Iowa Soybean Association, Dr. Blackmer worked for Monsanto Corporation, heading up projects using new and precision ag technologies in crop production. In this capacity, he helped organize producers groups to conduct on-farm studies of new products, and new seed genetics, while also evaluating the various precision ag tools that were available at the time.
He received his B.S. in agronomy from Iowa State University, and his M.S. and Ph.D. degrees in agronomy from the University of Nebraska in Lincoln. While at Nebraska, Dr. Blackmer worked on incorporating remote sensing technologies into precision farming practices. After receiving his Ph.D., he worked as a soil scientist for the USDA-ARS at Lincoln, Nebraska, focusing on improving N management in corn using aerial remote sensing and ground sensors on high-clearance applicators.