Writer: Blair Fannin
Dr. Reagan Noland has joined the soil and crop sciences department as the the AgriLife Extension agronomist specializing in crop management at the Texas A&M AgriLife Research and Extension Center in San Angelo.
It’s a homecoming of sorts for Noland, who grew up in the San Angelo area helping his grandparents with farm and ranch production.
“I am excited to be back here, and I look forward to serving the agricultural community and working to improve the resilience and profitability of our systems,” Noland said. “Agriculture plays a vital role in the economy of this region, and maintaining long-term productivity relies on an integrated approach to crop, soil, and water management, particularly in our often-dry climate. I hope my experience in this area will benefit producers in West Central Texas.”
Noland said he is eager to begin developing programming designed to help producers in cotton, wheat, corn and grain sorghum, as well as annual and perennial forages.
“There is great potential for diverse and integrated production in this region. Many farm operations also manage livestock or have access to regional feed and hay markets,” he said. “I look forward to developing educational programming that covers a broad range of cropping systems management and identifies opportunities to improve production.”
Noland was previously the grain crops extension specialist at the University of Georgia. He has a bachelor’s degree in natural resource management from Angelo State University, a master’s degree in agronomy from Texas A&M University and a doctorate in agronomy and agroecology from the University of Minnesota.
Noland is a member of the American Society of Agronomy and the Crop Science Society of America.