Gain Control of Weeds Despite Regulatory Changes

07:59PM Aug 01, 2020
Field Days 2020
( Farm Journal )

What does a sustainable future look like for weed control? These experts will cover the current legal update, as well as what the future could include in terms of weed control. What are the driver weeds farmers need to focus on? What are the weeds sneaking in the background that don’t get the attention they deserve? 

Aaron Hager is an associate professor of Extension weed science in the Department of Crop Sciences at the University of Illinois. He attended Southern Illinois University, Carbondale and received a bachelor’s degree in plant and soil science in 1991. He then went to Michigan State University and received his master’s degree in weed science in 1993. Later that month, he joined the University of Illinois as a weed science Extension specialist. In 2001, he completed his doctorate in weed science and joined the Department of Crop Sciences faculty ranks in 2002. As an associate professor of weed science at the University of Illinois, Aaron is responsible for weed biology and management research in corn and soybean production systems. His research focuses on examining the biology and management of weed species common in Illinois agronomic crops.

Robert (Bob) Hartzler has been in Extension for nearly his entire career. He started at Iowa State University while working on a doctorate, later with Penn State and finally returning to Iowa State in 1989, where he is today. As an Extension weed scientist, he works closely with farmers and industry to teach and research biological characteristics of weeds including what allows weeds to survive despite chemical and mechanical control applications. His research helps farmers make informed decisions about weed control and helps industry understand what works — or doesn’t.

Larry Steckel was raised on a small family farm near Carrollton, Ill. He received his bachelor’s degree in agronomy in 1987 from Western Illinois University and his master’s degree in weed science from the University of Missouri in 1989. Larry then went on to work for Pioneer Hi-Bred International where he worked for 10 years as an agronomist. He left Pioneer to pursue a doctorate in the spring of 2000 and received his doctorate in 2003 from the University of Illinois. Larry joined the Department of Plant Sciences at the University of Tennessee in 2003 where he holds a weed science Extension (75%) and research (25%) appointment.

Sonja Begemann joined Farm Journal in the spring of 2015. As the seeds and production editor she provides information about anything that makes crops grow, namely seeds, pesticides and other agronomic information. As a third-generation agriculturalist she is passionate about providing valuable information to farmers to help them boost their bottom line. When she’s not getting her boots dirty in fields, she enjoys long-distance running and spending time with family and friends.