Aaron Turner

Assistant Professor
Ag. Mech. and Business Program
Agricultural Sciences Department

Office: 250 McAdams
Phone: 864-656-9869
Email: apturne@clemson.edu


 Educational Background

Ph.D Biosystems and Agricultural Engineering
University of Kentucky 2018

M.S. Biosystems and Agricultural Engineering
University of Kentucky 2014

B.S. Mechanical Engineering Technology
New Mexico State University 2010

 Courses Taught

AGM 2200- Calculations for Mechanized Agriculture
AGM 4000- Senior Seminar in Agricultural Mechanization and Business
AGM 8710/ PES 8060- Grain Handling and Storage
FDSC 4080- Food Engineering


My research program includes engineering aspects of harvesting and post-harvest processing systems (handling, drying, and storage). My research examines how sensors and agricultural data can be leveraged to allow producers to make better decisions, and to develop system models to improve the efficiency and sustainability of production.

Related to harvest logistics, my work explores issues related to harvest timing and losses. This includes developing models for grain harvest systems and applying site specific weather information to develop models for crop dry down. I am also exploring applications of sUAS to identify areas of a field with damage, specifically focusing on lodging in corn.

Specific research focuses related to grain inventory include better quantifying grain handling losses and calibration of a science-based model for determining packing of grains in upright storage structures. Other post-harvest grain management interests include evaluating fan control strategies for natural air drying.

 Research Interests

Harvest logistics
Grain inventory management
Biomass harvest strategies
Farm energy use
Precision agriculture


1. Turner, A. P., Jackson, J. J., Sama, M. P., & Montross, M. D. (2021). Impact of Delayed Harvest on Corn Yield and Harvest Losses. Appl. Eng. in Agric., 37(4), 595-604. doi:https://doi.org/10.13031/aea.14561

2. Turner, A.P., Sama, M.P., McNeill, S.G., Dvorak J.S., Mark, T., Montross, M.D. (2019). A Discrete Event Simulation Model for Analysis of Farm Scale Grain Transportation Systems. ¬Computers and Electronics in Agriculture, 167, 105040. doi: https://doi.org/10.1016/j.compag.2019.105040

3. Casada, M. E., S. A. Thompson, P. R. Armstrong, S. G. McNeill, R. G. Maghirang, M. D. Montross, and Turner, A. P. (2019). Forces on Monitoring Cables During Grain Bin Filling and Emptying. Applied Engineering in Agriculture, 35(3): 409-415 doi: https://doi.org/10.13031/aea.13147

4. Turner, A.P., M.P. Sama, L.S. Bryson, and M.D. Montross, Effect of stem crushing on the uniaxial bulk compression behaviour of switchgrass and miscanthus. Biosystems Engineering, 2018. 175: p. 52-62. doi:https://doi.org/10.1016/j.biosystemseng.2018.08.007

5. Petingco, M.C., M.E. Casada, R.G. Maghirang, S.A. Thompson, S.G. McNeill, M.D. Montross, and A.P. Turner, Influence of Kernel Shape and Size on the Packing Ratio and Compressibility of Hard Red Winter Wheat. Transactions of the ASABE, 2018. 61(4): p. 1437-1448. doi: https://doi.org/10.13031/trans.12648

6. Bhadra, R., M.E. Casada, A.P. Turner, M.D. Montross, S.A. Thompson, S.G. McNeill, R.G. Maghirang, and J.M. Boac, Stored Grain Pack Factor Measurements for Soybeans, Grain Sorghum, Oats, Barley, and Wheat. Transactions of the ASABE, 2018. 61(2): p. 747. doi: https://doi.org/10.13031/trans.12645

7. Turner, A.P., J.J. Jackson, N.K. Koeninger, S.G. McNeill, M.D. Montross, M.E. Casada, J.M. Boac, R. Bhadra, R.G. Maghirang, and S.A. Thompson, Stored Grain Volume Measurement Using a Low Density Point Cloud. Applied Engineering in Agriculture, 2017. 33(1): p. 105-112. doi: https://doi.org/10.13031/aea.11870

8. Bhadra, R., M.E. Casada, S.A. Thompson, J.M. Boac, R.G. Maghirang, M.D. Montross, A.P. Turner, and S.G. McNeill, Field-observed angles of repose for stored grain in the United States. Applied Engineering in Agriculture, 2017. 33(1): p. 131-137. doi: https://doi.org/10.13031/aea.11894

9. Hamidisepehr, A., M.P. Sama, A.P. Turner, and O.O. Wendroth, A Method for Reflectance Index Wavelength Selection from Moisture-Controlled Soil and Crop Residue Samples. Transactions of the ASABE, 2017. 60(5): p. 1479-1487. doi:https://doi.org/10.13031/trans.12172

10. Bhadra, R., M.E. Casada, J.M. Boac, A.P. Turner, S.A. Thompson, M.D. Montross, R.G. Maghirang, and S.G. McNeill, Correlating bulk density (with dockage) and test weight (without dockage) for wheat samples. Applied Engineering in Agriculture, 2016. 32(6): p. 925-930. doi: https://doi.org/10.13031/aea.32.11692

11. Jackson, J., A.P. Turner, T. Mark, and M. Montross, Densification of biomass using a pilot scale flat ring roller pellet mill. Fuel Processing Technology, 2016. 148: p. 43-49. doi: https://doi.org/10.1016/j.fuproc.2016.02.024

12. Turner, A.P., M.D. Montross, S.G. McNeill, M.P. Sama, M.C. Casada, J.M. Boac, R.E. Bhadra, R.G. Maghirang, and S.A. Thompson, Modeling the compressibility behavior of hard red wheat varieties. Transactions of the ASABE, 2016. 59(3): p. 1029-1038. doi: https://10.13031/trans.59.11432

13. Turner, A.P., M.D. Montross, J.J. Jackson, S.G. McNeill, M.E. Casada, J.M. Boac, R. Bhadra, R.G. Maghirang, and S.A. Thompson, Error analysis of stored grain inventory determination. Transactions of the ASABE, 2016. 59(3): p. 1061-1072. doi:https://doi.org/10.13031/trans.59.11501

14. Sama, M.P., J.T. Evans, A.P. Turner, and S.S. Dasika, As-applied estimation of volumetric flow rate from a single sprayer nozzle series using water-sensitive spray cards. Transactions of the ASABE, 2016. 59(3): p. 861-869. doi:https://doi.org/10.13031/trans.59.11538

15. Boac, J.M., R. Bhadra, M.E. Casada, S.A. Thompson, A.P. Turner, M.D. Montross, S.G. McNeill, and R.G. Maghirang, Stored grain pack factors for wheat: Comparison of three methods to field measurements. Transactions of the ASABE, 2015. 58(4): p. 1089-1101. doi:https://doi.org/10.13031/trans.58.10898

16. Bhadra, R., A.P. Turner, M.E. Casada, M.D. Montross, S.A. Thompson, J.M. Boac, S.G. McNeill, and R.G. Maghirang, Pack factor measurements for corn in grain storage bins. Transactions of the ASABE, 2015. 58(3): p. 879-890. doi:https://doi.org/10.13031/trans.58.11033


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