Weeds

Texas agriculture is a $15 billion indistry. Weeds impose more losses in crops than all other pests. The Weed Science Program based at College Station and Lubbock provide integrated research and extension work in herbicide development and applied technologies, weed ecology and economics of competition, herbicide fate and environmental stewardship.

Faculty/Staff

  • Paul Baumann, Extension weed specialist, College Station, TX
  • Peter Dotray, weed management, cotton and peanuts, Lubbock, TX
  • Wayne Keeling, weed science and systems agronomy, Lubbock, TX
  • Gary McCauley, rice systems agronomy and water management, Beaumont, TX
  • Scott Senseman, weed science, pesticide fate and management, College Station, TX

Research Interests

  • Provide safe and economical weed control technology in both conventional and limited tillage systems
  • Pest assessments to help reduce losses from weeds, insects, and diseases in agronomic and horticultural crops
  • Weed control, herbicide resistance, water quality and environmental stewardship of soil-plant-water
  • Understanding of the environmental fate and interactions of herbicides in field, greenhouse and laboratory experiments to determine relative adsorption, mobility, volatility, degradation, and uptake
  • Compare off-site movement (surface runoff and leaching) of herbicides applied within various agronomic situations
  • Develop methodology that would facilitate safe and efficient analysis of pesticides from soil, water, and plant material
  • Develop practical cost-effective methods of weed management for agronomic crops in the major production regions of Texas, including the Plains, Central Texas, Coastal regions and South Texas
  • Crops of prime interest include cotton, wheat, soybeans, rice, sorghum, peanuts, and other summer and winter annuals

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