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K-State Today

April 6, 2012



Agronomy professor elected president-elect of American Society of Agronomy

By Steve Watson

David Mengel, professor of agronomy at Kansas State University, has been elected president-elect of the American Society of Agronomy. Mengel’s term as president-elect begins Jan. 1, 2013, and he will assume the role of president Jan. 1, 2014.

The American Society of Agronomy is an international scientific society with more than 8,000 members. It is dedicated to advancing the fields of agronomic production, environmental quality, land management and conservation, and climatology and modeling.
 
Mengel came to K-State in 1998 as department head of agronomy, and served in that position through 2005, when he transitioned back into a faculty position with research, teaching and extension responsibilities. He also supervises the Soil Testing Laboratory at K-State. Prior to coming to K-State, he was on the faculty at the Louisiana State University Rice Experiment Station and Purdue University, where he had similar responsibilities to his current position. 

Mengel’s accomplishments at K-State have included contributions to the revised phosphorus and potassium fertilizer recommendations; developing fertilizer recommendations for new crops such as cotton, canola and sesame; developing sensor-based, in-season nitrogen recommendations for wheat and sorghum; and the training of many graduate students.