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Plant Sciences Members Attend North Central Weed Science Society Meeting

NDSU Plant Sciences faculty and staff presented papers and posters during the 68th annual meeting of the North Central Weed Science Society in Columbus, OH. Dr. Kirk Howatt received the Distinguished Achievement Award in Education.

Members of the NDSU Plant Sciences faculty and staff presented papers and posters at the 68th annual meeting of the North Central Weed Science Society (NCWSS) in Columbus, OH, in early December.  Dr. Kirk Howatt, associate professor in annual weeds, chaired the Resolution and Necrology Committee and presented on “Kochia Control in Wheat with Pre- or Post-emergence Herbicides.” He also received the Distinguished Achievement Award in Education [click here for article].  Dr. Hatterman-Valenti, professor in high value crop production, serves on the Executive Committee, is vice chair of the Finance Steering and Policy Committee, and represents North Dakota on the Strategic Planning Committee.  She presented a paper titled “Effect of Simulated Glyphosate Drift to Russet Potato.”  Dr. Rich Zollinger, professor and Extension weed specialist, was a contributing author for a paper titled “Effect of Humidity and Humectant on Glufosinate Efficacy.”  Research specialist Collin Auwarter served as section chair and moderated the Horticulture and Ornamentals session, and he presented a poster titled “Weed Management Options during Wine Grape Establishment.”  Research specialist Angela Kazmierczak gave a presentation titled “Development of the NDSU Pest Management App” as part of a technology symposium.  Research specialist Devin Wirth presented a poster titled “Weed Control in Shelterbelts.”

The NCWSS annual meeting provides members an opportunity to learn and share the latest advances in weed management, as well as network with colleagues. This year, the meeting was held jointly with Midwest Invasive Plants Network (MIPN).  Symposia topics included technology and communication tools and trends, industry updates, and a MIPN-hosted symposium on invasive plants. Papers and posters were presented on topics related to crop species, equipment and application methods, Extension, forestry/industrial/non-cropland/aquatics, horticulture and ornamentals, weed biology/ecology and management, and invasive plants. “There were some very good symposiums, posters, and papers at the meeting,” said Hatterman-Valenti. 

Special sessions and contests were held for students, including a preconference tour of the Scott’s Miracle-Gro Company in Marysville, OH, and an undergraduate and graduate student competition in which first or second place winners received cash prizes.  Hatterman-Valenti said, “This is a very valuable opportunity for students to practice their public speaking skills.”

The mission of the NCWSS is to deliver research, education, and training to persons responsible for weeds and their management in land use systems.  Fifteen U.S. states and one Canadian province form the membership.  The proceedings of the annual meeting and a Research Report are published annually on their website at

Photos courtesy of North Central Weed Science Society

Source: Harlene Hatterman-Valenti, (701) 231-8536,
Author: Kamie Beeson, (701) 231-7123,   
Editor: Karen Hertsgaard, (701) 231-5384,

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