Michael F. Kocher

Michael F. Kocher, Ph.D., P.E.

Contact Information:
205 L. W. Chase Hall
Lincoln: East Campus
(402) 472-3949
mkocher1@unl.edu
Email   

Associate Professor of Biological Systems Engineering
Academic Degrees
  • Ph.D., Agricultural Engineering, Oklahoma State University - Stillwater
  • M.S., Agricultural Engineering, University of Nebraska-Lincoln
  • B.S., Agricultural Engineering, University of Nebraska-Lincoln
  • Registered Professional Engineer, Arkansas and Nebraska
Appointment
  • 55% Teaching
  • 40% Research
  • 5% Service (AGEN Program Coordinator)
Areas of Research and Professional Interest
  • Instrumentation for rapid evaluation of planter seed spacing distributions
  • Testing methods for tractor performance
  • Logistics and economics of biomass harvesting
Teaching Interests
  • Equipment testing
  • Fluid power hydraulics
  • Physics
  • Sensors, computer data acquisition systems, programmable controllers
  • Dynamic systems, vibration

Honors and Awards

  • 2014 ASABE Superior Paper Award 
  • 2011 ASABE Honorable Mention Paper Award
  • 2007 Nebraska Chapter of Triangle Fraternity Outstanding Faculty Member Award
  • 2004 CETSAB recognition as an Outstanding Advisor
  • 2003 ASAE IET Division, IET Division Meeting Paper Award
  • 2002 UN-wide Departmental Teaching Award
  • 2001 ASAE Paper Honorable Mention Award
  • 1999 Holling Family Senior Faculty Teaching Excellence Award
  • 1996 ASAE Superior Paper Award
  • 1996 Who's Who of American Inventors
  • 1996 Sigma Xi (elected as full member) 

Selected Publications

JOURNAL ARTICLES

  • Roeber, J.B.W., S.K. Pitla, M.F. Kocher, J.D. Luck, and R.M. Hoy.  2016.  Tractor hydraulic power data acquisition system.  Computers and Electronics in Agriculture 127 (2016):1-14.
  • Howard, C.N., M.F. Kocher, R.M. Hoy, and E.E. Blankenship.  2013.  Testing the fuel efficiency of tractors with continuously variable and standard geared transmissions.  TRANSACTIONS of the ASABE 56(3):869-879.
  • Kocher, M.F., V.I. Adamchuk, J.A. Smith, and R.M. Hoy. 2011. Verifying power claims of high-power agricultural tractors without a PTO to sell in Nebraska. Applied Engineering in Agriculture 27(5):711-715.
  • Kocher, M.F., J.M. Coleman, J.A. Smith, and S.D. Kachman. 2011. Corn seed spacing uniformity as affected by seed tube condition.  Applied Engineering in Agriculture 27(2):177-183.
  • Adamchuk, V.I., R.D. Grisso, and M.F. Kocher. 2011. Spatial variability of field machinery use and efficiency.  In: GIS Applications in Agriculture. Volume Two.  Nutrient Management for Energy Efficiency, Chapter 8, 135-146.  D.E. Clay and J.F. Shanahan, eds. Boca Raton, Florida: CRC Press.
  • Coffman, B.A., M.F. Kocher, V.I. Adamchuk, R.M. Hoy, and E.E. Blankenship. 2010. Testing fuel efficiency of a tractor with a continuously variable transmission. Applied Engineering in Agriculture 26(1):31-36.
  • Searle, C.L., M.F. Kocher, J.A. Smith, and E.E. Blankenship. 2008. Field slope effects on uniformity of corn seed spacing for three precision planter metering systems. Applied Engineering in Agriculture 24(5):581-586.
  • Adamchuk, V.I., R.M. Hoy, G.E. Meyer, and M.F. Kocher. 2007. GPS-based auto-guidance test program development. In: Precision Agriculture: Papers from the Sixth European Conference on Precision Agriculture, Skiathos, Greece, 3-6 June 2007, 425-432. J. Stafford, ed. Wageningen, The Netherlands: Wageningen Academic Publishers.
  • Adamchuk, V.I., A.V. Skotnikov, J.D. Speichinger, and M.F. Kocher. 2004. Technical note: Development of an instrumented deep-tillage implement for sensing of soil mechanical resistance. TRANSACTIONS of the ASAE 47(6):1913-1919. Journal Series No.14296, Nebraska Agricultural Research Division.
  • Grisso, R.D., M.F. Kocher and D.H. Vaughan. 2004. Predicting tractor fuel consumption. Applied Engineering in Agriculture 20(5):553-561. Journal Series No. 14185, Nebraska Agricultural Research Division.
  • Grisso, R.D., M.F. Kocher, V.I. Adamchuk, P.J. Jasa, and M.A. Schroeder. 2004. Field efficiency determination using traffic pattern indices. Applied Engineering in Agriculture 20(5):563-572. Journal Series No. 14111, Nebraska Agricultural Research Division.
  • Panning, J.W., M.F. Kocher, J.A. Smith, and S.D. Kachman. 1999. Laboratory and field testing of seed spacing uniformity for sugarbeet planters. Applied Engineering in Agriculture, 16(1):7-13. (ARD Journal Series No. 12664) ASAE Honorable Mention Paper Award
  • Kocher, M.F., M.B. Smith, R.D. Grisso, and L.L. Bashford. 2000. Performance tests of three-point mounted implement guidance systems: I. procedure. Applied Engineering in Agriculture 16(6):595-603. Journal Series No. 11216, Nebraska Agricultural Research Division.
  • Kocher, M.F., M.B. Smith, R.D. Grisso, and L.J. Young. 2000. Performance tests of three-point mounted implement guidance systems: II. results. Applied Engineering in Agriculture 16(6):605-611. Journal Series No. 12792, Nebraska Agricultural Research Division.
  • Bashford, L.L. and M.F. Kocher. 1999. Belts v. tires, belts v. belts, tires v. tires. Applied Engineering in Agriculture, 15(3):175-181. (ARD Journal Series No. 12263)
  • Bashford, L.L., M.F. Kocher, and T.S. Tibbetts. 1999. Wide tires, narrow tires. ASAE Paper No. 99F-82. (Journal Series No. 12585)
  • Lan, Y., M.F. Kocher, and J.A. Smith. 1999. Opto-electronic sensor system for laboratory measurement of planter seed spacing with small seeds. Journal of Agricultural Engineering Research, 72(2):119-127. (ARD Journal Series No. 12111)
  • Burr, M.S., M.F. Kocher, and D.D. Jones. 1998. Design of tapered augers for uniform unloading of granular material from rectangular cross-section containers. Trans. of the ASAE, 41(5):1415-1421. (Journal Series No.12047)
  • Kocher, M.F., Y. Lan, C. Chen, and J.A. Smith. 1998. Opto-electronic sensor system for rapid evaluation of planter seed spacing uniformity. Trans. of the ASAE, 41(1):237-245.
  • Jones, D.D. and M.F. Kocher. 1995. Auger design for uniform unloading of granular material: I. rectangular cross-section containers. Trans. of the ASAE, 38(4):1157-1162. (ARD Journal Series No. 10569)
  • Kocher, M.F. and D.D. Jones. 1995. II. Auger design for uniform unloading of granular material: rectangular cross section containers: cylinder containers. Trans. of the ASAE, 38(4):1163-1166. (ARD Journal Series No. 10631) ASAE Honorable Mention Paper Award

PROFESSIONAL SOCIETY PAPERS

  • Kocher, M.F., V.I. Adamchuk, J.A.Smith, and R.M. Hoy. 2009. Verifying power claims of high-power tractors without a PTO at the Nebraska Tractor Test Lab. ASABE Paper No. 09-6019. American Society of Agricultural Engineers, St. Joseph, MI 49085.
  • Smith, J.A. and M.F. Kocher. 2005. Evaluating grower's sugarbeet planter metering units and seed drop tubes on the University of Nebraska electronic planter test stand. 2005 General Meeting of the ASSBT. Journal of Sugarbeet Research 42(1&2):41-42.
  • Christenson, P.T., V.I. Adamchuk and M.F. Kocher. 2004. Instrumented blade for mapping soil mechanical resistance. ASAE Paper No. 04-1038. American Society of Agricultural Engineers, St. Joseph, MI 49085.
  • Ehrhardt, J.P., R.D. Grisso, M.F. Kocher, P.J. Jasa, and J.L. Schinstock. 2001. Using the Veris electrical conductivity cart as a draft predictor. ASAE Paper No. 01-1012. American Society of Agricultural Engineers, St. Joseph, MI 49085.
  • EXTENSION PUBLICATIONS
  • Adamchuk, V, I. Adamchuk, L. Bashford, and M. Kocher. 2003. Testing of tractors for agricultural applications. Tekhnika APK 9-10 (2003):29-31. (In Ukrainian: Vyprobuvannia traktoriv sil's'kogospodars'koho pryznachennia. Technika APK 9-10 (2003):29-31).

PATENT/PATENT DISCLOSURE

  • Lancaster, E.B. and M.F. Kocher. 1994. Method and apparatus for objective evaluation of patient ambulation, balance and weight bearing status. U.S. Patent No. 5,311,880, Issued May 17.