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Tom Peters

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Office: Loftsgard Hall 474G
Phone: (701) 231-8131
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Extension Agronomist
Assistant Professor
Sugarbeet and Weed Science

Plant Sciences Extension Information

The focus of the sugarbeet and weed science project is a ‘systems approach’ to weeds management in sugarbeet. That is, emphasizing weed control in the field that is planted to sugarbeet one year in three, four or five years. A systems approach takes advantage of herbicides in rotational crops that may be more efficacious on tough-to-control weeds than those used in sugarbeet. The systems approach in sugarbeet is a combination of soil-applied and postemergence herbicides.


  • PhD 1990, Agronomy/Weed Science, North Dakota State University, Fargo, ND
  • MS 1986, Agronomy/Weed Science, University of Nebraska, Lincoln, NE
  • BS 1983, Agronomy and Soil Science, University of Minnesota, St. Paul, MN

Professional Experience

  • 2014 - present: Assistant Professor, Department of Plant Sciences,
    North Dakota State University, Fargo, ND
  • 1990 - 2014: Program Lead and Agronomist, Monsanto Company,
    St. Louis, MO
    - Contributed to the development and safety assessment of traits in crops
    developed through biotechnology.

Professional Affiliation

  • Weed Science Society of America (WSSA)
  • North Central Weed Science Society (NCWSS)
  • Council for Agriculture, Science and Technology (CAST)
  • American Society of Sugar Beet Technologists (ASSBT)

Background Experience

Grew up on a family operated dairy farm near Sauk Centre, MN.

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