Faculty 360 | Frank Yin


Dr. Frank Yin is an associate professor in the Department of Plant Sciences. Yin joined UTIA in January 2008, and his areas of research include nutrient management, cropping systems, and precision agriculture. He is located at the West Tennessee AgResearch and Education Center in Jackson.

The thing I find most interesting about my job is research consistently continues to surprise me with new challenges and new results. Each research project is unique and requires new ways of thinking and planning. Even though I have been conducting research for over thirty years, I continue to learn every day, and I have a lot of opportunities to explore the unknowns relating to systems agronomy.

My research is important because it addresses the needs of producers of agronomic crops, focusing on fertility management in rotational cropping systems, sustainability of various row crop production strategies, and variable input and precision applications to optimize cropping systems.

A typical day for me consists of developing research proposals and experimental protocols, writing project summary reports and refereed journal articles, and/or supervising graduate students, undergraduate interns, visiting scientists, and supporting staff. During summer months, I relish the chances to get into the field myself and work alongside my research team.

When I was a child, I wanted to pursue a career in agriculture to help my farming parents increase income and reduce hardship. Now as faculty I hope to see my research make a global impact.

On my days off you can usually find me taking a stroll through local parks and cooking meals at home. I enjoy visiting my daughter at Brown University and my son working in Pittsburgh. I also enjoy music and movies.

I think my colleagues would describe me as a person with whom it is easy to get along and collaborate. One of my favorite parts of research is being able to collaborate with such knowledgeable and dedicated researchers in Tennessee and throughout the South.