Education is vital to protect weed management toolbox

In Southeast Farm Press

by John Hart, Southeast Farm Press

Education over regulation is vital for developing and maintaining a sustainable tool box to manage weeds, said Stanley Culpepper, returning to Williams Hall on the campus of his alma mater, North Carolina State University.

“We as weed scientists need to be much more aggressive with education over regulation,” Culpepper said in his Williams Hall lecture to students, faculty and others. “The EPA does not educate; they regulate. But we can use education if we’re creative to prevent regulations. This will be critical to long-term sustainability in keeping the tool box that we have intact.”

Culpepper, a North Carolina native, earned his Bachelor’s, Master’s and Ph.D. degrees in crop science from N.C. State. He is currently a professor in the Department of Crop and Soil Sciences at the University of Georgia with research and Extension responsibilities in weed management on a variety of crops. He is a worldwide recognized expert in herbicide-resistant weeds in cotton, vegetables and other crops.

On Nov. 10, Culpepper was the final speaker for the Arch Douglas Worsham Weed Science Lecture Series at N.C. State. The three-part series included lectures by nationally prominent weed scientists who are alumni of N.C. State’s College of Agriculture and Life Sciences. The title of Culpepper’s talk was “Developing and Maintaining a Sustainable Tool Box to Manage Weeds.”

In Culpepper’s audience were his former N.C. State professors Alan York and Arch Douglas Worsham, the now retired professor of weed science at N.C. State who has a national reputation in witchweed management, no-tillage systems and other important aspects of sustainable weed management. Culpepper was in the final cohort of students in Dr. Worsham’s Crop Science 414 course, the fundamental undergraduate course in weed science at N.C. State.

Read the entire story in Southeast Farm Press.

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