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David M. Butler
Associate Professor
Organic/sustainable/alternative crops

Amy Fulcher
Associate Professor
Sustainable ornamental plants

Groups and Facilities

1 mention

Production Economics 
Providing producers and agribusinesses with the most up-to-date economic analysis.

1 mention

Bio-Based Energy Analysis 
A potential win for energy, agriculture, and the environment.



2 mentions

No-Till Farming's Effect on May Flood 
May flooding caused extensive damage to agricultural production in Tennessee, but experts say it could have been much worse if not for the widespread use of no-till crop production.

1 mention

Little River Facility 
It’s long been an issue in farming – how can we be productive in agriculture and still protect the environment? UT Ag-Research has a new facility dedicated to that cause.


Recent Publications

High temperature influence on limited transpiration response at elevated vapor pressure deficit in maize' Avat Shekoofa and Thomas R. Sinclair.  Shekoofa, A.  2017.  An abstract-accepted, Inter-Drought V, India Feb 21-25, 2017.

Nematicidal Activity and Saponin Concentration of Chenopod Extracts Batson, E. K., and T. Kouser.  2016.  Proceedings of the International Science and Engineering Fair, Phoenix, AR. 08/08/16-05/08/16.

Long-Term Impacts of Biodegradable Plastic Mulches for Sustainable Production of Fruits and Vegetables Hayes, D. G., L. C. Wadsworth, N. F. Omar, A. L. Wszelaki, J. M. DeBruyn, and S. M. Schaeffer.  2016.  American Ecological Engineering Society 16th Annual Meeting, Knoxville, 7 June 2016.

Improving row crop production on sandy soils thru precision-deficit irrigation & increased water retention.  Leib, B. G., T. Grant, M. A. McClure, T. B. Raper, and A. Haghverdi.  2016.  Abstract and Presentation at the International Conference for Nexus of Food, Energy, Water, and Soil, Yixin, Jiangsu Province, China, October 26-29, 2016.

Suitability of Biodegradable Plastic Mulches for Organic and Sustainable Agricultural Production Systems Miles, Carol, L. DeVetter, S. Ghimire, and D. G. Hayes.  2016.  HortScience, 52(1):1–6. 2017. doi: 10.21273/HORTSCI11249-16.

An integrated weed management approach to addressing the multiple herbicide-resistant weed epidemic in three major U.S. field crop production regions.  Mirsky, S., J. Norsworthy, et al., and L. E. Steckel.  2016.  Proc. South Weed Sci. Soc., 69:454.

Assessing multimetric aspects of sustainability: Application to a bioenergy crop production system in East Tennessee.  Parish, E. S., V. Dale, B. C. English, S. W. Jackson, and D. D. Tyler.  2016.  Ecoshere, 7(2):e01206. 10.1002/ecs2.1206.

Evaluation of a bioherbicide and anaerobic soil disinfestation for weed control in specialty crop production Shrestha, U., G. Duesterbeck, E. N. Rosskopf, and D. M. Butler.  2016.  Proceedings of the Annual International Research Conference on Methyl Bromide Alternatives and Emiss, pp. 57-1 to 57-3.

Nitrogen fertilizer enhancement products. 29th Milan No-Till Crop Production Field Day Tour Report.  Yin, X., and M. E. Essington.  2016.  Tenn. Agric. Exp. Sta. Special Pub., 16-0158.

Environmental technologies of woody crop production systems Zalesny Jr., R. S., J. A. Stanturf, E. S. Gardiner, G. S. Bańuelos, R. A. Hallett, A. Hass, C. M. Stange, J. H. Perdue, T. M. Young, D. R. Coyle, and W. L. Headlee.  2016.  BioEnergy Research, 9(2):492-506.

Economics of utilizing biodegradable containers in ornamental crop production systems.  Brumfield, R., A. J. DeVincentis, X. Wang, R. T. Fernandez, S. Nambuthiri, R. L. Geneve, A. K. Koeser, G. Bi, T. Li, Y. Sun, D. Cochran, and A. Fulcher.  2015.  HortTechnology, 25(1):17-25.

Beyond plastic pots: Part III Plantable containers for nursery crop production.  Cypher, Q. C., and A. Fulcher.  2015.  UT Extension Publication W337-C.