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.

Mengel said this leadership position is a great honor. His term comes at a special time for the profession of agronomy.

“Agriculture in general, and agronomy in particular, is one of the strongest segments of the economy right now. But along with this comes tremendous pressure to keep advancing and become more efficient in our use of resources,” he said. “I’m looking forward to working with others to make our profession even stronger at all levels. Agronomy is the key to food security, environmental protection, and water quality. Its importance to the national economy and health is greater than ever.”

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 Kansas State in 1998 as 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 Kansas State.

Mengel’s accomplishments 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.