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Department of Crop, Soil, and Environmental Sciences

Spring 2020 Newsletter

Greetings from the CSES family! As we go further into the end of Spring semester, we hope you will stay connected with us, as we share the achievements and accomplishments of our students, staff, and faculty.

Departmental News

Southern Soybean Breeders Meet to Collaborate and Compare Notes

The Crop, Soil and Environmental Sciences department hosted the annual Southern Soybean Breeders Meeting in the Fall 2019."The main purpose of the annual meeting is for breeders to exchange information and look for collaborative efforts", said Dr. Leandro Mozzoni, Division of Agriculture soybean breeder. But this year,attendees also discussed how soybeans are used by consumers and end-users, with an eye toward how breeding efforts might address their demands.

The CSES Annual Fall Picnic was held on Tuesday, September 17th, 2019 at the Agri Park Pavillion in Fayetteville Arkansas

The CSES Departmental Holiday Party and Dr. Norman's Retirement Party was held on Thursday, December 19th 2019 at
The Powerhouse Seafood & Grill in Fayetteville Arkansas. 

Arkansas scientists employ machine learning to manage corn crops more efficiently

A team of researchers from the University of Arkansas System Division of Agriculture and the University of Arkansas College of Engineering are designing tiny sensors that can be placed in corn stalks to monitor water, nitrogen and potassium needs in real time.The data collected from those sensors — matched with geographic, weather and other environmental data — will feed machine learning software to develop models that will be able to predict when a crop will need those inputs before the conditions exist.Those predictive models can help corn growers give their crops exactly the water and nutrients they need, before they experience stress, to achieve the best possible yields without wasting resources.

The 2019 Region IV Soil Judging Contest was hosted by the University of Arkansas on October,10,2020 in Washington County, AR. A total of 44 undergraduate students representing six institutions throughout the region, including Texas Tech University, Oklahoma State University, Texas A&M University, Tarleton State University, Texas A&M University - Kingsville, University of Arkansas, and a multi-institutional team made up of students from the University of Texas – El Paso, Florida International University, and Puerto Rico, participated in the contest.Oklahoma State University took first place overall and had the first-, third-, and fifth-highest individuals. Texas Tech University took second place overall and had the second-highest individual. Texas A&M University took third place overall and had the fourth-high individual.


Robert Rohli, professor in the Department of Oceanography and Coastal Sciences at Louisiana State University, was the featured guest speaker for the CSES Fall 2019 Seminar Series. His teaching and  research interests within physical geography include coastal processes, synoptic meteorology/climatology, atmospheric circulation variability and hydro meteorology.


Dr. Walter Mayhew was selected to receive the 2020 CSES Outstanding Alumnus Award. Dr. Mayhew has been with Monsanto/Bayer for over 20 years and served in various roles including technology development, marketing, product management and General Manager for Kruger Seeds. He and his wife, Sharon, have one daughter who recently graduated from college. He enjoys boating, motorcycles and college athletics
The University of Arkansas System Division of Agriculture played  host to more than 70 representatives of academic, legal, governmental and other institutions at the 2019 Annual Fall Board Meeting of CAST — the Council for Agricultural Science and Technology.
Alumni Updates

Sarah Smith, BS '13
Juris Doctor
University of Tulsa School of Law

In December, Sarah earned her Juris Doctor degree from the University of Tulsa School of Law, along with a Certificate in Indian Law.

Maggie Bailey Seebach, BS '07
Monte Vista, CO

Maggie just started working with the USDA US Forest Service on the Rio Grande National Forest, Monte Vista, CO, as an seasonal Administrative Support Assistant (front desk, selling permits). 

Johan Desrochers,MS '17, BS '16 
Soil Conservationist USDA - NRCS

Johan is a Soil Conservationist with the USDA-NRCS in Rutland, VT. He is also a Certified Crop Advisor and an Associate Professional Soil Scientist.

Tanner Bratton, BS '18
GreenPoint AG

Tanner is a salesman for GreenPoint AG in Hughes, Arkansas.  He was hired just two days after he graduated!

Alisha Robertson (Nelms), MS '09
Parent Line Increase Manager
RiceTec SBU

Alisha Robertson, Product Development Supervisor, is moving to the role of Parent Line Increase Manager.Alisha will lead the effort to ensure availability of parent line seed to fulfill the needs of RiceTec SBU. 

Jessalyn Kohn, BS '16
St. Louis Impact Initiative Consultant
Balsa Foundation

Jessalyn Kohn is an Impact Initiative Consultant with the Balsa Foundation in St. Louis, MO.


Chris Cotton, BS '11
Environmental Engineer
Cascade Earth Sciences

Chris is an environmental engineer with Cascade Earth Sciences (CES) based in Albany, Oregon.His line of work is broad, but always comes back to a central theme of water treatment and hydraulics management.

Amanda Swope, BS '00, MS '02
Environmental Professional
Black Hills Energy Arkansas, Inc.

Amanda is an Environmental Professional with Black Hills Energy Arkansas, Inc. in Fayetteville. She has worked there for 14 years.

Lance Schmidt, MS '00, BS '96
Regional Development Leader

Lance is the Regional Development Leader for ADAMA US in Pocahontas, AR.

Taylor Farr, BS '17
Legal Extern in International Mergers & Acquisitions

He is also a Student Attorney in the Immigration Clinic at the University of Arkansas School of Law, Fayetteville

Habibullah Hayat, MS '18
Senior Technical Advisor - Climate Change
National Environmental Protection Agency

Habibullah is Senior Technical Advisor – Climate Change for the National Environmental Protection Agency in Kabul, Afganistan.


Logan Stover, BS '12
Director of IoT Solutions Enseo

Logan is Director of IoT Solutions at Enseo in Richardson, TX.

Jeremy Hayward, MS '01
Key Accounts Manager
Mountain View Seeds

Jeremy is Key Accounts Manager for Mountain View Seeds in Ozark, MO.  He is an experienced seedsman with a demonstrated history of working in the forage, biotechnology, row crop, turf, ag chemistry and plant foods industries.

David Moseley, PhD '18
State Soybean Specialist
LSU AgCenter

David has been appointed assistant professor and state soybean specialist by the LSU AgCenter. 

Burl Seversike,MS '07, BS '05 
Crop Trait Introgression Lead

Burl is a crop trait introgression lead for Syngenta in Clinton, Illinois

Are you an alumnus?
If you graduated with a CPSC or ESWS degree, please send Holly Yeatman ( an email with a picture and a brief description of your journey. We'd love to know if you are in a career you like, how you got there, and how what you learned here played a role. This is very inspiring for our future and current students! 
Outstanding Students

The 20th Annual Delta Scholarship Golf Classic raised more than $17,000 and has generated almost $440,000 total in scholarship support for University of Arkansas students.The tournament was on July 19 at The Ridges at Village Creek at Village Creek State Park in Wynne. Friends, alumni and staff from the Department of Crop, Soil and Environmental Sciences have coordinated all 20 events. Sixteen students received scholarships for 2019-20.

Grant “Lawson” Priess, Zachary Lancaster and Derrick Harrison have been named 2019 Arkansas soybean fellows.They were recommended for the fellowships by the Arkansas Soybean Research and Promotion Board. The fellowships were announced by Mark Cochran, vice president-agriculture for the University of Arkansas System and head of the system’s Division of Agriculture.
Derrick Harrison, M.S, CSES was awarded a scholarship from the Council for Agricultural Science and Technology.
The scholarship is to encourage students researching agriculture-related topics to engage with non-scientists through creative digital communication.All recipients submitted either a short video, podcast or info graphic explaining a story about or an aspect of his or her research.
Congratulations to the Weed Science Team!
Team 1st Place Regional (Left to Right): Rodger Farr, Zachary Lancaster, Hannah Wright, and Grant Priess      
Regional Level Individual: 1st Zachary Lancaster, 2nd Rodger Farr, 3rd Hannah Wright         
 Unknown herbicide: Hannah Wright
Weed identification: Grant Priess
Written calibration exam: Zachary Lancaster   

To The Winners of 2020 CSES Spring Banquet Awards
CSES Outstanding M.S Student:
Caio Dos Santos
CSES Outstanding Ph.D Student: 
Sumandeep Kaur Bazzer
 Tri- Societies National Student Recognition Award and
CSES Senior Award: Srusti Maddala
CSES Ron and Alice Talbert
Weed Science Award: Grant L. Priess
Spooner Scholar Award: 
Justin Chlapecka
Outstanding Faculty
Dr. Mary Savin past-president of the Teaching Academy (2017-2019) received a crystal apple in recognition of her leadership and service at the Teaching Awards Reception on Sept.23 in Boyer Hall at the Janelle Y.Hembree Alumni House.
Dr. Andrew Sharpley is the winner of the 2019 IFA Norman Borlaug Award for outstanding work on phosphorus management. IFA recognizes scientists/researchers involved in crop or soil science, whose work is judged on the basis of research quality, originality and practical application.
Dr. Lisa Wood (MS 1988, BS 1984), Clinical Associate Professor in the CSES department received the John W. White Outstanding Teaching Award for 2019.
Dr. Lisa Wood was also named Assistant Dean for International and Honors Programs for U of A's Dale Bumpers College of Agricultural, Food and Life Sciences.As assistant dean, she will have oversight of the international and honors programs, and associated graduate assistants. She will develop direction, policies and operations for both areas in coordination with Dean Deacue Fields, Associate Dean Lona Robertson and department heads.
Dr. Kristofor Brye, Professor of Applied Soil Physics and Pedology in the CSES department h received the Jack G. Justus Award for Teaching Excellence for 2019.
The Jack G. Justus Teaching Excellence Award recognizes Dale Bumpers College of Agricultural, Food and Life Sciences faculty who are outstanding teachers and who employ novel and innovated teaching methods to achieve success in student learning.
He was also selected as the 2020 recipient of the Spitze Land Grant University Faculty Award for Excellence
Dr. Jason Kelley received the John W. White Outstanding Extension State Faculty Award for 2019.
In his current role, he provides timely information on wheat, corn and grain sorghum production to county agents, producers and agriculture industry professionals so that growers can improve their overall profitability and sustainability. Since 2009, Kelley has authored or co-authored more than 300 book chapters, peer-reviewed journal articles, abstracts, papers, reports and trade press articles
Dr. Larry Purcell received the John W. White Outstanding Research Award for 2019.
Dr Purcell works to bridge the gap between crop breeders, plant biochemists, plant physiologists and field-oriented agronomists. An expert on the response of soybean to drought, particularly the response of nitrogen fixation, Purcell has been among the first to identify germplasm and molecular markers associated with prolonged nitrogen fixation, delayed wilting and water use efficiency.
Dr. Jeremy Ross (Ph.D. 2007)  was named Soybean Researcher of the year at the Conservation Systems meeting in January, 2020.
Dr. Trent Roberts was named Corn Researcher of the year at the Conservation Systems meeting in January, 2020.
Dr. Robert Bacon (center), head of the Department of Crop,Soil and Environmental Sciences, was recognized for 35 years of service. He is with Jean-Francois Meullenet,associate vice president for agriculture-research with the U of A System Division of Agriculture (left) and Deacue Fields,dean of Bumpers College and senior associate vice president for agriculture-academics (right).
Outstanding Staff
Ira Eldridge celebrates 50 years with the University of Arkansas System Division of Agriculture during the U of A Employee Appreciation Banquet in 2019.
Eldridge worked from 1969 to 1999 as a research specialist for the Arkansas Agricultural Experiment Station at the Division of Agriculture's Northeast Research and Extension Center at Keiser before moving to Fayetteville, where he first worked as a research specialist in the Arkansas Crop Variety Improvement Program. He was promoted to program associate and is now part of the farm crew for the Milo J. Shult Agricultural Research and Extension Center  at the University of Arkansas campus.
Congratulations 2019 Graduates
Adam Rice
Zachary Winn
Grant Priess
Matthew Moore
Lucia Escalante Ortiz
 Alyssa Ferri
Christine Knowlton
Stormy Concoby
Allison Hill
Porchia Metcalf
Trevor Voisin
Mary Ausbrooks
Avery Nihill
Leonela Rodgriguez Pinzon


Welcome to the Team!
Bhuvan Pathak
Program Associate
Jeong-In Hwang
Post Doctoral Fellow
Thai Hoan Nguyen
Post Doctoral Fellow
Sivakumar Chamarthi
Post Doctoral Fellow

Important Dates
Delta Scholarship Golf Classic  July 17th 

If you have news you would like to share with us such as a recent job change, address change or any other information, please contact Ramisa Fairooz ( with an email.We would love to hear from you.
On behalf of the entire CSES department, we would like to thank you for your interest in our endeavors. The support of our faculty and staff, alumni, and local community play a crucial role in the positive impact we have on our students and the community around us. With  continued support, we look forward to sharing our news and accomplishments with you!
-The Crop, Soil and Environmental Sciences Department

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Crop, Soil, and Environmental Sciences
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University of Arkansas
Fayetteville, AR 72701

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