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North Central ND (05/05/16)


Travis J. Prochaska, Ph.D., joins the team at the North nc.travis prochaskaCentral Research Extension Center in Minot, North Dakota as the crop protection specialist.  Travis comes from Seward, Nebraska - a small town known for its big celebrations as America’s Official July 4th City – Small Town USA.  Travis grew up in the corn and soybean fields of eastern Nebraska and is no stranger to life on the farm. 

He graduated Concordia University Nebraska with a degree in organismal biology in 2009.  In 2011, Travis obtained his master’s in entomology from the University of Nebraska-Lincoln (UNL) where his research uncovered one of the first known tolerant soybean varieties against the soybean aphid, Aphid glycines Matsumura. 

In 2015, he completed his doctoral program in entomology at UNL, with his dissertation focus on host plant resistance of switchgrass against two cereal aphids: yellow sugarcane aphid (Sipha flava (Forbes)) and the greenbug (Schizaphis graminum (Rondani)).  Travis is excited to be in North Central North Dakota and looks forward to working with area growers.  You can contact him via email at or by phone at (701)-857-7682.

Travis J. Prochaska

Crop Protection Specialist

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