The Agronomic Crops Team welcomes Osler Ortez, new Corn and Emerging Crops Agronomist at Ohio State!

I appreciate the chance of introducing myself to the Agronomics Crops audience at OSU. I come from backgrounds of coffee production (in northern Nicaragua), Soybean production (in Kansas and Argentina), and corn production (in Nebraska and the US Midwest). My most recent research experience dealt with a subject that Ohio State had contributions to before, abnormal corn ears. Widespread abnormal corn ears and lower yields affected Nebraska and the region in recent years. My research in Nebraska aimed to identify and isolate factors responsible for ear abnormalities and subsequent productivity losses, providing information to potentially manage and mitigate these issues.

This January 2022, I started as Assistant Professor in Corn and Emerging Crop Production Systems in the Horticulture and Crop Science Department at Ohio State. My faculty appointment includes 50% extension, 30% research, and 20% teaching. At Ohio State, I will lead an applied research and extension program for developing and distributing science-based information concerning efficient, productive, and sustainable corn and emerging crop production systems. Alongside Rich Minyo, I will provide leadership to the Ohio Corn Performance Testing Program, a strategic partnership between industry, OSU, and farmers that has been in place for several decades. The program assists farmers in selecting hybrids that are best suited to different operations and environments across the state.

I am very grateful for the opportunity to join the Ohio State University. I plan to build on the strong legacy left by my predecessor, Dr. Peter Thomison, Professor and Extension Corn Specialist, who retired after 30 years of service. Do you want to learn more? Please visit my faculty webpage for more information. Also, please feel free to connect with me via email (, phone (330) 263-9725, or stop by my office at 214 Williams Hall, Wooster Campus. Go Bucks!

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