About the Author
Gretchen F. Sassenrath, Ph.D., is an associate professor of agronomy at Kansas State University Southeast Research and Extension Center in Parsons, KS. She received her B.A. from Oberlin College, M.S. from the University of Illinois, and Ph.D. from the University of Illinois in 1988. Dr. Sassenrath worked as a researcher examining farming systems at the USDA Agricultural Research Service Crop Simulation Research Unit in Starkville, MS and then the Application and Production Technology Research Unit in Stoneville, MS. Dr. Sassenrath moved to Kansas State University in 2013, and is conducting research on integrated crop and animal production systems that improve agronomic productivity, enhance soil and water resources, and increase economic return for producers. She has served as chair of the regional project on Water Management in Humid Areas, and the Beltwide Cotton Production Physiology Conference. She currently is an associate editor for the Journal of Soil and Water Conservation, and the vice-chair of the ASA Cover Crop Management community.
Tom Mueller, Ph.D., is an data research agronomist with the Decision Science and Modeling team at the Intelligent Solutions Group John Deere and Company in Urbandale, IA. His work there focuses on data analytics and introducing new technologies into the MyJohnDeere platform. He received his B.S. from Purdue University in 1990, his M.S. at Purdue in 1994, and his Ph.D. at Michigan State University in 1998. Dr. Mueller is currently the leader of the Precision Agriculture community of interest for the American Society of Agronomy, and has served on the editorial boards for the Agronomy Journal, Crop Science, and the Journal of Soil and Water Conservation.