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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.

Prashant Jha, Iowa State University

Dr. Prashant Jha is focused on the understanding of weed biology and ecology to develop effective, integrated weed management strategies in corn and soybean production systems of Iowa and Midwest, optimization and stewardship of herbicide application technology and herbicide use, and understanding the evolution of herbicide resistance including genetic/molecular and physiological mechanisms, and other factors influencing weed population dynamics and management in agroecosystems. This includes emphasis on late-season weed seed bank management and reducing weed seed inputs at harvest. His research interests also include UAV and ground-based hyperspectral imaging and machine learning of weed species in-crop for developing weed maps and for early detection of herbicide-resistant weed biotypes in the field. Dr. Jha's statewide extension and outreach program is focused on current and emerging weed problems in Iowa and providing research-based information to growers on cost-effective, multi-tactic approaches for prevention and mitigation of herbicide-resistant weeds in agronomic crop production systems. Serving as the herbicide evaluation and demonstration program leader, Dr. Jha's ultimate aim is to develop cost-effective and sustainable weed control recommendations for corn and soybean producers in Iowa.