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NDSU Soybean Researchers

Ryan Buetow, Area Extension Specialist/Cropping Systems

NDSU Dickinson Research Extension Center
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Phone: (701) 456-1106

Research Interests: Buetow is the NDSU Extension Cropping Systems Specialist at the Dickinson Research Extension Center. Buetow attended North Dakota State University, where he pursued an undergraduate degree in crop and weed sciences and a master’s degree in plant sciences with work in nitrogen management in soybean and dry bean. He is currently working on agronomic management in acidic soils, strategies to reduce soil salinity/sodicity, management of soybean in semi-arid southwest ND, and management of teff. Buetow also works with demonstration plots on a variety of cover crop species.

Dr. Bingcan Chen, Food and Cereal Science

Department of Plant Sciences
Office: Harris Hall 208
Email:
Phone: (701) 231-9450

Research Interests: Chen's research group has particular expertise in lipid and cereal chemistry. The practical objectives of the research are to gain understanding of lipid oxidation mechanisms in foods and cereal products, and to provide means of controlling these reactions. The group has also focused on the role of Maillard reaction in the formation of aroma in cereal products.

Greg Endres, Area Extension Specialist/Cropping Systems

NDSU Carrington Research Extension Center
Email:
Phone: (701) 652-2951

Research Interests: Endres serves farmers and crop advisers with educational programs in agronomy, primarily in a 15-county area in south-central ND. Education and research work are with small grain and row crops with emphasis on plant establishment, nutrition and protection.

Eric Eriksmoen, Research Agronomist

NDSU North Central Research Extension Center (Minot)
Email:
Phone: (701) 857-7677

Research Interests: Eriksmoen offers experience in farming practices in the U.S., where his family farmed in Leeds, North Dakota, and in Tanzania, Africa, where he worked alongside his father in agricultural development on a seed farm.

Dr. Shana Forster, Director, North Central Research Extension Center

NDSU North Central Research Extension Center (Minot)
Email:
Phone: (701) 857-7677

Research Interests: From 2003 to 2008, Forster was employed by the USDA-ARS Northern Crops Science Laboratory in Fargo, ND. In 2008, she joined the staff at the North Central Research Extension Center, Minot, ND as the assistant pulse crops breeder and later served as the Area Extension Specialist-Cropping Systems.

Dr. Dave Franzen, Extension Soil Specialist

School of Natural Resources Sciences
Email:
Phone: (701) 231-8884

Research Interests: Franzen provides educational programs on soil and soil fertility topics to Extension agents and specialists, industry professionals, farm producers and the public. Material is presented using meetings, field tours, written material, radio, TV, video and internet resources. He also performs applied soils research projects as are relevant to North Dakota producers.

Dr. Barney Geddes, Microbiological Sciences

Department of Microbiological Sciences
Office: Van Es 130A
Email:
Phone: (701) 231-7692

Research Interests: The plant microbiome is crucial for plant health. Members of the plant microbiome are able to provide enhanced nutrient acquisition, protection from diseases, and tolerance to abiotic stresses like drought. Though not yet well understood, plants are able to select and tailor the composition of their microbial communities from the complex microbiome in the soil. Manipulation of the plant microbiome in agriculture represents a new frontier for improving crop growth in an environmentally sustainable manner. In a famous example, bacteria called rhizobia have been applied in agriculture for decades because of their ability to provide nitrogen to legume crops. By leveraging this long-established model system in the context of the plant microbiome, we seek to develop a functional understanding of how plants interact with their microbial communities. Such understandings will pave the way to improving crop yield and resilience by optimizing the rhizobium-legume symbiosis and unlocking the broader microbiome for sustainable agriculture. Our research uses molecular genetics, functional genomics and synthetic biology approaches to provide mechanistic insight into beneficial plant-microbe interactions.

Dr. Jay Goos, Soil Science

School of Natural Resources Sciences
Office: Walster Hall 127
Email:
Phone: (701) 231-8581

Research Interests: Goos' current research involves iron chlorosis in soybeans, variety screening for tolerance to Fe chlorosis, fertilization and other cultural practices for the alleviation of iron chlorosis. He also has worked for over 20 years on fertilizer management for wheat.

Bryan Hanson, Research Agronomist

NDSU Langdon Research Extension Center
Email:
Phone: (701)256-2582

Dr. Kirk Howatt, Weed Science (Annual Weeds)

Department of Plant Sciences
Office: Loftsgard Hall 470F
Email:
Phone: (701) 231-7209

Research Interests: While continuing to address control of weeds with historic persistence, such as wild oat, foxtails, kochia, and wild buckwheat, investigations for managing new weed concerns, such as downy and Japanese bromes and Persian darnel, are increasing. The incorporation of soil-applied herbicides in North Dakota cereals could prevent $350 million in lost revenue annually. Increasing spray droplet size to reduce drift has reduced weed control by 10 to 50% for some herbicides used in cereals. Research continues to evaluate the extent of impact as well as the cause of this effect and corrective measures.

Dr. Joe Ikley, Weed Science (Extension Weed Control)

Department of Plant Sciences
Office: Loftsgard Hall 470H
Email:
Phone: (701) 231-8157

Research Interests: Ikley focuses on providing Extension material for identification and control of new and emerging weeds in North Dakota. His research focuses on control of herbicide-resistant and other difficult-to-control weeds in row crops in North Dakota.

Dr. Brian Jenks, Weed Scientist (Extension Weeds)

North Central Research Extension Center (Minot)
Email:
Phone: (701)-857-7677

Dr. Burton Johnson, Crop Production

Department of Plant Sciences
Office: Loftsgard Hall 470D
Email:
Phone: (701) 231-8895

Research Interests: Recent research efforts of the sunflower, minor and new crop production program include: 1) Sunflower seed physiological maturity determination to aid in timing of harvest aids and desiccants; 2) Canola seeding date effects on crop performance and implications on insurance planting cutoff dates; 3) Soybean plant cutoff effects on crop recovery and application for updating soybean hail loss charts; and 4) Screening winter canola and winter camelina for regional adaptation. The benefits of this research will enable earlier sunflower harvest, possibly extend the insurance final cutoff canola planting date, update current soybean hail loss charts for our region, and identity a potential new winter annual regional crop. Producers are the direct benefactors, but the agribusiness industry also benefits and thus agricultural sustainability is strengthened in the region.

Dr. Hans Kandel, Broadleaf Crop Production (Extension Agronomist)

Department of Plant Sciences
Office: Loftsgard Hall 166E
Email:
Phone: (701) 231-8135

Research Interests: Kandel is involved in three major research efforts: First, his project team is investigating the effect of tile drainage on wheat, soybean, corn, and canola production at the research site NW 22. In addition to crop response to tile, they are also monitoring soil fertility levels, water table, and water quality in observation wells. The second major effort is researching optimizing production practices for soybean production. A variety of experiments are conducted. The third research focus is on the interactions between dry bean varieties, inoculation, nitrogen application and harvest methods. The data generated is used for educational purposes and evaluation of the economic impacts of various management techniques.

Chad Deplazes, Research Specialist for Dr. Kandel
Office: Waldron Hall 214B
Email:
Phone: (701) 231-5183

Dr. Janet Knodel, Plant Pathology (Entomology)

Department of Plant Pathology
Office: Walster Hall 210
Email:
Phone: (701) 231-7915

Research Interests: Knodel's primary responsibilities include insect pests of field crops, trees/shrubs, garden, and home. She oversees the insect diagnostics, administers the North Dakota Integrated Pest Management (IPM) Program and co-edits the NDSU Extension Crop & Pest Report. Her applied research focuses on IPM strategies (cultural control, biological control, host plant resistance and chemical control) for insect pests of canola, cereal grains, potato, soybean and sunflower. Knodel is assisted by Patrick Beauzay.

Dr. Sam Markell, Plant Pathology (SCN)

Department of Plant Pathology
Office: Walster Hall 301
Email:
Phone: (701) 231-7056

Research Interests: Markell is the Extension plant pathologist responsible for disease management information on broadleaf crops in North Dakota. His primary crop responsibility includes canola, chickpeas (garbanzo beans), dry edible beans, lentils, flax, peas, soybeans, and sunflowers. Markell also coordinates North Dakota's sentinel plot network as part of the soybean-PIPE and Legume-PIPE programs. In addition to Extension activities, Markell also conducts applied research on diseases of several crops. Markell is assisted in his projects by Jessica Halvorson and Scott Meyer.

Jessica Halvorson, Research Specialist for Dr. Markell
Office: Walster Hall 226
Email:
Phone: (701) 231-8362

Dr. Phillip E. McClean, Director, Genomics & Bioinformatics Program

Department of Plant Sciences
Office: Loftsgard Hall 270B
Email:
Phone: (701) 231-8443

Dr. Carrie Miranda, Soybean Breeder

Department of Plant Sciences
Office: Loftsgard Hall 374B
E-mail:
Phone: (701) 231-8136

Research Interests: The NDSU soybean breeding program aims to produce high-yielding soybean varieties to maximize success for North Dakota farmers. In addition, these varieties contain value protecting traits such as IDC, Phytophthora, and SCN resistance and/or herbicide resistance. The program also researches novel sources of useful traits such as maturity, stem architecture, and pathology using molecular and bioinformatic approaches.

Dr. Berlin Nelson, Plant Pathology (Soybean Diseases)

Department of Plant Pathology
Office: Walster Hall 305
Email:
Phone: (701) 231-7057

Research Interests: Nelson's research program is primarily on the biology and management of soybean diseases such as root rots caused by Phytophthora, Fusarium, Rhizoctonia and other pathogens. He has a cooperative program with the soybean breeder to incorporate disease resistance into public soybean germplasm. He also conducts research on the interaction of soybean cyst nematode with fungal root pathogens of crops. He has expertise in home and building molds and problems associated with mold contamination. Nelson is assisted in his research by Tracy Christianson, Amanda Wilkinson and Dr. Hui Yan. Nelson teaches a course on diseases of field crops.

Dr. Gautam P. Pradhan, Research Agronomist

NDSU Williston Research Extension Center
Email:
Phone: (701) 774-4315

Research Interests: Pradhan manages dryland research, coordinates with research scientists in field research, field demonstrations, tours, and the dissemination of research results.

John Rickertsen, Research Agronomist

NDSU Hettinger Research Extension Center
Email:
Phone: (701) 567-4323

Research Interests: Agronomic issues facing producers in southwest North Dakota. This includes variety testing, cultivar development, alternative crops, herbicide trials, fertilization studies, cover crops, crop rotations and no-till production practices to improve the sustainability of crop production in the region.

Blaine G. Schatz, Director/Agronomist, NDSU Carrington Research Extension Center

NDSU Carrington Research Extension Center
Email:
Phone: (701) 652-2951

Research Interests: In addition to administrative and leadership responsibilities, Schatz continues to be actively involved with a diverse research program as a Research Agronomist.

Dr. Guiping Yan, Plant Pathology (Nematologist)

Department of Plant Pathology
Office: Walster 322
Email:
Phone: (701) 231-7069

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