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Alvin R. (Al) Womac
Equipment performance & environmental impact

Timothy G. (Tim) Prather
Extension Specialist I
Farm safety, AgrAbility, & precision ag

Carl E. Dockery
Agricultural Service Aide II
Senior Field Worker

Johnny B. Glenn
Agricultural Service Aide II
Senior Field Worker

Jason U. Guinn
Agricultural Service Aide II
Senior Field Worker

Todd D. Hamby
Agricultural Service Aide II
Senior Field Worker

Yvonne L. Hitchcock
Agricultural Service Aide II
Senior Field Worker

Charles R. Summey
Agricultural Service Aide II
Senior Field Worker

Martha W. Keel

Brian Whitlock
Assistant Professor
Field Services, Theriogenology

Eric Martin
Clinical Assistant Professor
Field Services

Heather Marie Kelly
Assistant Professor
Plant Pathologist

Melody Francesca Adams
Clinical Instructor
Equine Field Service

John Brian (Brian) Alford
Assistant Professor
Fishery conservation and management

Adam William Thoms
Research Leader I
Center for Athletic Field Safety

Tyson Brant Raper
Assistant Professor
Cotton and small grain production

Andrea Sketch (Andi) Lear
Clinical Instructor
Food Animal Field Services

Avat Shekoofa
Assistant Professor
Water Stress and Irrigation of Agronomic Crops


Milan No-Till Field Day, 7/26/2018

Organic Crops Field Tour, 10/26/2017

Turf and Ornamental Field Day, 9/7/2017

Tobacco, Beef and More Field Day, 6/22/2017

Fruits of the Backyard Field Day, 6/13/2017

Horse Hay Field Day, 9/22/2016

Soybean Disease Field Day, 9/13/2016

Horse Hay Field Day, 9/8/2016

Tobacco & Forage Production Field Day, 7/21/2016

Tobacco, Beef and More Field Day, 6/23/2016



2017 Director's Awards Recipients Announced, 1/18/2018

Faculty 360 | Tao Wu, 1/11/2018

Dicamba Briefing, 11/27/2017

New Ventures | Rapid Diagnostic Test Reduces Testing Time and Increases Accuracy, 11/22/2017

Research Spotlight | Managing Target Spot in Cotton and Soybeans, 11/15/2017

AgResearch Faculty and Staff Presented with Awards at 2017 UTIA Luncheon, 11/8/2017

Faculty 360 | Jada Thompson, 10/30/2017

Promotion and Tenure 2017, 10/16/2017

In Memoriam: Delle Rhue Burgess, curator of the West Tennessee Agricultural Museum, 8/13/2017

5 Things You Should Know about the West Tennessee AgResearch and Education Center, 8/9/2017


Recent Publications

Antimicrobial Resistance of Staphylococcus aureus Isolates from Dairy Cows and Genetic Diversity of Resistant Isolates Abdi, R. D., B. E. Gillespie, J. M. Vaughn, C. E. Merill, S. I. Headrick, D. B. Ensermu, D. H. D'Souza, R. A. Almeida, S. P. Oliver, G. E. Agga, and O. Kerro Dego.  2018.  Foodborne Pathogens and Disease. [Abstract]

Effective and efficient agricultural drainage pipe mapping with UAS thermal infrared imagery: A case study Allred, B., N. S. Eash, R. S. Freeland, L. Martinez, and D. Wishart.  2018.  Agricultural Water Management, 197 (2018) 132137. [Abstract]

Behavioral responses of Pityophthorus juglandis (Coleoptera: Curculionidae: Scolytinae) to volatiles of black walnut and Geosmithia morbida, the causal agent of thousand cankers disease Blood, B, W. E. Klingeman, M. Paschen, D. Hadziabdic, J. Couture, and M. Ginzel.  2018.  Environmental Entomology, (x) 1-10. [Abstract]

Impact of soil water content on hybrid bermudagrass athletic field performance.  K. H. Dickson, J. C. Sorochan, J. T. Brosnan, J. C. Stier, and J. Lee.  2018.  Crop Science.

Head impact criteria of natural grass athletic fields is affected by soil type and volumetric water content.  K. H. Dickson, W. Strunk, and J. C. Sorochan.  2018.  Sports Engineering.

Nutrient hotspots through time: a field guide to modern and fossil taphonomy in east Tennessee.  Keenan, S. W., C. Widga, J. M. DeBruyn, and S. M. Schaeffer.  2018.  Geology at Every Scale: Field Excursions for the 2018 GSA Southeastern Meeting in Knoxville, TN, Engel, A.S. and Hatcher, R.D. Jr, eds.

Soil carbon dioxide respiration in switchgrass fields: Assessing annual, seasonal and daily flux patterns Lee, J., J. McKnight, L. Skinner, A. C. Sherfy, D. D. Tyler, and B. C. English.  2018.  Soil Systems, 2(1), March 1. [Abstract]

2018 Insect control recommendations for field crops (revision) Stewart, S. D., and M. A. McClure.  2018.  UT Extension, PB 1768.

Mechanism and DNA-based detection of field-evolved resistance to transgenic Bt corn in fall armyworm (Spodoptera frugiperda) Banerjee, R., J. Hasler, R. Meagher, R. Nagoshi, L. Hietala, F. Huang, K. Narva, and J. L. Jurat-Fuentes.  2017.  Scientific Reports, 7(1): 10877. [Abstract]

2017 Forage and Field Crop Seeding Guide for Tennessee.  Bates, G. E., C. A. Harper, D. McIntosh, M. A. McClure, T. B. Raper, and V. R. Sykes.  2017.  UT Extension, PB 378.

Transgenic miR156 switchgrass in the field: growth, recalcitrance and rust susceptibility Baxter, H., M. Mazarei, A. Dumitrache, J. M. Natzke, M. Rodriguez, Jr, J. Gou, C. Fu, R. W. Sykes, G. B. Turner, M. F. Davis, S. D. Brown, B. H. Davison, Z. Y. Zhang, and C. N. Stewart, Jr..  2017.  Plant Biotechnology Journal.

Seed Inorganic Phosphorus Stability and Agronomic Performance of Two Low Phytate Soybean Lines Evaluated Across Six Southern U.S. Environments.  Boehm, J.D., F. R. Walker, H. Bhandari, D. A. Kopsell, and V. R. Pantalone.  2017.  Crop Science, 57:1-9. [Abstract]