Eros Francisco, Assistant Professor, Auburn University, Crop Soil & Environmental Sciences, Alabama

Eros Francisco

Assistant Professor & Extension Specialist (Grain Crops Agronomics)

Crop, Soil & Environmental Sciences

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236 Funchess Hall
Auburn Univ, AL 36849



  • Ph.D. Soil Science and Plant Nutrition, University of Sao Paulo/ESALQ (2006)
  • M. S. Crop Science, University of Sao Paulo/ESALQ (2003)
  • B. S. Agronomy, University of Sao Paulo/ESALQ (1999)


  • Assistant Professor & Ext. Grain Crops Agronomist, Auburn University (CSES) (2021-present)
  • Independent Grain Crops Consultant, Efra Ag Consultancy (2019-2021)
  • Deputy Director Midwest Brazil, Int Plant Nutrition Institute (IPNI) (2012-2019)
  • Research Coordinator, MT Research Foundation (2008-2012)
  • Adjunct Professor, Federal University of Mato Grosso (2006-2008)
  • Visiting Scientist, Int Fertilizer Development Center (IFDC) (2005)
  • Field Agronomist, Archers Daniels Midland (1999-2001)


  • Crop Science Society of America (CSSA)
  • Agronomy Society of America (ASA)
  • Brazilian Soil Science Society (BSSS)


  • Evaluation of crop production impact under diverse soil characteristics (clay/sand content, organic matter, pH, fertility, compaction, etc.) and its interactions with different management practices (crop rotations, tillage, varieties, etc.).
  • Investigation of crop response (yield or quality) to changes in the cropping systems (nutrient input, soil management, planting date, row spacing, variety length, etc.) with deeper understanding on the benefits of crop rotation to soil health and crop performance.
  • Evaluation of nutrient use efficiency of cropping systems by calculating their nutrient budget. This information is valuable for a broad public involved in agriculture, from farmers to government agents or policy makers.
  • Development of online tools based on agronomic information to help decision makers in better managing their cropping systems.



  • Sattolo, T.M.S., L.M. Pereira, R. Otto, E. Francisco, A.P. Duarte, C. Kappes, L.I. Prochnow, M.R. Cherubin. 2021. Effects of land use, tillage management, and crop diversification on soil physical quality in Cerrado agricultural systems. Soil Sci. Soc. Am. J. 2021;1-15.
  • Balboa, G.R., S.V. Archontoulis, F. Salvagiotti, F.O. Garcia, W.M. Stewart, E. Francisco, P.V. Vara Prasad, I.A. Ciampitti. 2019. A system-level yield gap assessment of maize-soybean rotation under high- and low-management inputs in the Western US Corn Belt using APSIM. Agric. Sys., v174, p.145-154.
  • Duarte, A.P., M.F. Abreu, E.A.B. Francisco, D.C. Gitti, G. Barth, C. Kappes. 2019. Reference values of grain nutrient concentration and removal for maize. Brazilian Journal of Soil Science, v43:e0180102.
  • Kappes, C., L. Zancanaro, E.A.B. Francisco. 2016. Nitrogen and potassium in narrow-row cotton. Brazilian Journal of Soil Science, v40:e0150103. DOI: 10.1590/18069657rbcs20150103
  • Corguinha, A.P.B., G.A. Souza, V.C. Gonçalvez, C.A. Carvalho, W.E.A. Lima, F.A.D Martins, C.H. Yamanaka, E.A.B. Francisco, L.R.G. Guilherme. 2015. Assessing arsenic, cadmium, and lead contents in major crops in Brazil for food safety purposes. J. Food Compos. Anal. 37: 143-150.
  • Corguinha, A.P.B., V.C. Gonçalves, G.A. Souza, W.E.A. Lima, E.S. Penido, C.A.B.P. Pinto, E.A.B. Francisco, L.R.G. Guilherme. 2012. Cadmium in potato and soybeans: Do phosphate fertilization and soil management systems play a role? J. Food Compos. Anal. 27(1): 32-37.
  • Veronese, M., E.A.B. Francisco, L. Zancanaro, C.A. Rosolem. 2012. Cover crops and liming in no-till systems (In Portuguese). Pesq. Agrop. Bras. 47(8): 1158-1165.
  • Francisco, E.A.B.; S.H. Chien, L.I. Prochnow, E.R. Austin, M.C.M. Toledo, R.W. Taylor. 2008. Characterization and greenhouse evaluation of two Brazilian calcined non-apatite phosphate rocks for upland and flooded rice. Agron. J. 100(3): 819-829.
  • Francisco, E.A.B.; L.I. Prochnow, M.C.M. Toledo, J.P. Pereira. 2008. Agronomic Evaluation of Calcined Crandallite from Three Brazilian Phosphate Deposits. Commun. Soil Sci. Plant Anal. 39(3-4): 559-573.
  • Francisco, E.A.B., L.I. Prochnow, M.C.M. Toledo, V.C. Ferrari, S.L. Jesus. 2007. Thermal treatment of aluminous phosphates of the crandallite group and its effect on phosphorus solubility. Sci. Agric. 64(3): 269-274.



How to be most effective in establishing connection with farmers, crop consultants, and other end users? It is clear that timely web-accessible publications, direct conversations, on-farm research trials, regular research updates at conferences/workshops, crop diagnostic training, and field visits are some of the tools that can be implemented. Interactions with farmers, consultants, Extension agents and researchers are both essential and rewarding.

For the success of an Extension program it is critical to early establish strong communication and connections with the final users (Extension agents, producer, etc.). In addition, time and efforts are required to be invested; genuine concern and approachability need to be expressed for an Extension program to be effective.


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