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Leveraging Localized Research and Insights to Drive Results

Beating resistant pigweed means using the best tools and practices possible for your operation. Our university advisors are at the forefront of weed control research in their respective geographies and play a key role in advising and guiding the focus areas for our coalition. They also share insights and relevant holistic practices delivering results so that our farmers can assess and incorporate into their weed control approach.

Brian Young, Purdue University

Dr. Bryan Young is a Professor of Weed Science in the department of Botany and Plant Pathology at Purdue University.  Bryan earned his bachelor’s degree in crop and soil science at Michigan State University and doctorate in crop science (specialization in weed science) from the University of Illinois.  Bryan has held an academic appointment with teaching, research, and outreach activities for over 22 years.  Bryan’s research and education at Purdue focuses on weed biology and ecology, herbicide application technology, and characterizing herbicide resistance in weeds.  His goal is to bridge the basic and applied aspects of weed management research to improve weed management recommendations for crop producers and land managers.

Stanley Culpepper, University of Georgia

Dr. Stanley Culpepper is a Professor in the Crop and Soil Science Department at The University of Georgia. A native of North Carolina, he grew up on a bicentennial family farm producing corn, cotton, peanut, soybean, and wheat. Georgia farmers have confirmed Palmer amaranth to be, by far, the most problematic pest of Georgia agriculture. Dr. Culpepper believes that continued adoption of integrated programs utilizing sound management practices with diversity are paramount for economic success and long-term sustainability of our family farms. Continued research for improved management programs coupled with educational approaches that effectively communicate the results of this research remain paramount.  Stanley’s ultimate goal is to develop and share sound science with family farms improving their sustainability.

Charlie Cahoon, NC State

Dr. Charlie Cahoon is an Assistant Professor and Extension Weed Specialist in the Crop and Soil Sciences Department at North Carolina State University. He believes that Herbicide-resistant Palmer amaranth has long been in the driver seat regarding planning weed management programs in North Carolina. The weed is widely adapted, often thriving during a drought when our crops suffer. This gives Palmer amaranth the upper hand when competing with our crops for essential water, light, nutrients, and space. Bottom line, we cannot produce a successful crop without a diligent effort to manage Palmer amaranth. This entails developing innovative and sustainable weed management solutions for weeds like Palmer amaranth and working to integrate these tactics at the farm-level. That is why he is thrilled to join the other renowned weed scientists in this group as an advisor for Operation Weed Eradication.