University of Minnesota
College of Food, Agricultural and Natural Resource Sciences
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Department of Soil, Water, and Climate

Fabián Fernández | 612-625-7460 
SWAC - Fernandez
S233 Soil Science Building
1529 Borlaug Hall
St. Paul, MN 55108


B.S. 2000 Brigham Young University Horticulture
M.S. 2002 Brigham Young University  Agronomy
Ph.D. 2006 Purdue University  Soil Fertility and Plant Nutrition

My research and extension education programs are focused on soil nutrient management and plant mineral nutrition. My current work concentrates primarily on environmental issues related to nutrient management of corn cropping systems. I seek to identify and implement nitrogen management practices that are sustainable both in terms of minimizing environmental impacts, specifically water quality, and improving crop yields.

Graduate Programs:
Soil Science
Applied Plant Science
Water Resources Center

Selected Publications:

Toma, Y., J. Clifton-Brown, S. Sugiyama, M. Nakabo, R. Hatano, F.G. Fernández, J.R. Stewart, A. Nishiwaki, T. Yamada. 2013. Soil carbon stocks and carbon sequestration rates in semi-natural grassland in Aso region, Kumamoto, southern Japan. Glob. Change Biol.19:1676-1687.

Fernández, F.G., B.S. Farmaha, and E.D. Nafziger. 2012. Soil fertility status of soils in Illinois. Commun. Soil Sci. and Plant Anal. 43: 2897-2914.

Farmaha, B.S., F.G. Fernández, and E.D. Nafziger. 2012a. Distribution of soybean roots, soil water, phosphorus and potassium concentrations with broadcast and subsurface-band fertilization. Soil Sci. Soc. Am. J. 76:1079-1089.

Fernández, F.G., and D. Schaefer. 2012. Assessment of soil phosphorus and potassium following real time kinematic-guided broadcast and deep-band placement in strip-till and no-till. Soil Sci. Soc. Am. J. 76:1090-1099.

Fernández, F.G., and C.E. White. 2012. No-till and strip-till corn production with broadcast and subsurface-band phosphorus and potassium. Agron. J. 104: 996-1005.

Farmaha, B.S., F.G. Fernández, and E.D. Nafziger. 2012b. Soybean seed composition, aboveground growth, and nutrient accumulation with phosphorus and potassium fertilization in no-till and strip-till. Agron. J. 104:1006-1015.

Fernández, F.G., S.M. Brouder, C.A. Beyrouty, J.J. Volenec, and R. Hoyum. 2011. Soybean shoot and root response to localized water and potassium in a split-pot study. Plant Soil 344:197-212.

Fernández, F.G., R.G. Hoeft, G.W. Randall, J. Vetsch, K. Greer, E.D. Nafziger, and M.B. Villamil. 2010. Apparent nitrogen recovery from fall-applied ammoniated phosphates and ammonium sulfate fertilizers. Agron. J. 102:1674-1681.

Stewart, R.J., Y. Toma, F.G. Fernández, A. Nishiwaki, T. Yamada, and G. Bollero. 2009. The ecology and agronomy of Miscanthus sinensis, a species important to bioenergy crop development, in its native range in Japan: A review. GCB Bioenergy 1:126-153.

Fernández, F.G., S.M. Brouder, C.A. Beyrouty, J.J. Volenec, and R. Hoyum. 2008. Assessment of plant-available potassium for no-till, rainfed soybean. Soil Sci. Soc. Am. J. 72:1085-1095.

Fernández, F.G., K.D. Johnson, R.E. Terry, S. Nelson, and D. Webster. 2005. Soil resources of the ancient Maya at Piedras Negras, Guatemala. Soil Sci. Soc. Am. J. 69: 2020-2032.