As leaders in crop nutrition, we are committed to expanding crop nutrition knowledge.
At The Mosaic Company, crop nutrition is more than an initiative; it’s the fabric of our identity and at the heart of everything we do. We are committed to sharing content in a way that makes it accessible, approachable and, ultimately, actionable.
Meet the experts from Mosaic’s Agronomy team, who will share their expertise in crop nutrition to provide the knowledge and resources needed to optimize crop production.
Kyle Freeman, Ph.D.
Dr. Kyle Freeman is Director of New Product Development for The Mosaic Company. He is responsible for leading all product development, agronomy, and research efforts worldwide. This includes leading Mosaic's new product development process, the Stage-Gate® process. Dr. Freeman and his team manage over 500 small-plot research trials around the world, as well as a commercial trial program with more than 100 locations annually. Additionally, Dr. Freeman leads a global team of agronomists that deliver fertility and crop nutrition expertise to Mosaic and its customers. Dr. Freeman earned a Master of Science degree in soil science and Ph.D. in soil fertility from Oklahoma State University, and is an active member of the ASA-CSSA-SSSA Societies, serving on various committees.
Ron Olson, M.S.
Ron Olson is the North America Eastern Region Senior Agronomist for The Mosaic Company. He is responsible for developing the latest technical information and product knowledge that creates distinctive value for Mosaic Premium Products and delivers consistent agronomic solutions to Mosaic customers. His main responsibility is to educate and train internal and external sales forces about Mosaic Premium Products and Balanced Crop Nutrition. In his previous role as Research and Development Manager for Cargill Crop Nutrition, LLC and Mosaic, Ron led the development of the MicroEssentials® portfolio of products. He holds a Bachelor of Science degree in both agronomy and education from the University of Illinois and a Master of Science degree in environmental science from Governors State University in University Park, Ill.
Curt Woolfolk, M.S.
Curt Woolfolk is a Senior Agronomist for The Mosaic Company. His role involves developing the North American agronomic strategy to support Mosaic's commercial team. This strategy results in the latest technical information and product knowledge that creates distinctive value for Mosaic Premium Products and delivers consistent agronomic solutions to Mosaic customers. His main responsibility is to educate and train internal and external sales forces about Mosaic Premium Products and Balanced Crop Nutrition. Curt has led Mosaic's on-farm trial program as a Product Development specialist, has over 12 years of experience in precision agriculture, and extensive farming experience. Curt earned a Bachelor of Science (Soil Science) and Master of Science (Soil Fertility) from Oklahoma State University. Curt is a member of NAICC and ASA-SSSA professional societies.
World Wide Research Partners
In order to support the development of new and innovative products and the improvement of existing products, Mosaic partners with university researchers around the world specializing in fertilizer technology and soil chemistry.
Key strategic partners include Dr. Fred Below (University of Illinois), Dr. Mike McLaughlin (University of Adelaide, South Australia) and Dr. Ismail Cakmak (Sabancı University, Istanbul, Turkey).
Timely agronomic and industry information as seen by the agronomy staff at The Mosaic Company. Read the Blog >>
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