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Issue No. 1, Article 2/March 19, 2009

Welcome to Dr. Vince Davis, Soybean Extension Specialist

I take this opportunity to introduce you to the newest member of our team of extension specialists in the Department of Crop Sciences. Dr. Vince Davis has returned to his home state, joining our group a little more than a month ago after completing requirements for his PhD in weed science at Purdue University. You can learn more about Vince in the paragraphs that follow, as well as at his Crop Sciences Web site (www.cropsci.illinois.edu/faculty/davisv). We are delighted to have Vince on our team, and we look forward to his involvement in all of our educational and applied research endeavors.--Kevin Steffey

Hello, everyone--my name is Vince Davis, and I am a new soybean cropping systems and extension specialist at the University of Illinois. I'd like to let you know a bit about my background and what I hope to accomplish during the coming months and years.

I was born in Galesburg, Illinois, and grew up in rural Knox County. I developed a love for agriculture on my grandparents' diversified corn, soybean, and farrow-to-finish swine farm. I was an active member in 4-H and FFA. I earned an AAS in agribusiness from Black Hawk College East Campus in 1997, a BS in agronomy from Western Illinois University in 2003, and an MS (2006) and PhD (2009) in weed science from Purdue University.

I have been involved with applied agricultural field research in some capacity for the last 13 years. I have had various part-time, internship, and personal consulting research experiences for Monsanto working in Illinois, Iowa, and Puerto Rico. I also conducted corn hybrid development and evaluation work throughout Illinois and Iowa as a research technician for Wyffels Hybrids in Geneseo, Illinois, for four years. While I studied at WIU, I conducted various research projects at the university agronomy farm with Dr. Win Phippen and Dr. Gordon Roskamp. My graduate research at Purdue University investigated biological, ecological, and crop management aspects regarding the evolution of glyphosate resistance in horseweed, aka marestail. I studied under the direction of Dr. Bill Johnson, and I also managed Dr. Johnson's herbicide evaluation program throughout Indiana for half of my time there. I have been a member of the tri-societies (ASA-CSSA-SSSA) and the north-central and national weed science societies since 2002.

I've been very fortunate to have experienced such rich opportunities thus far in life. As you can imagine, many of these experiences have involved soybean production. However, I am still quite new as a "specialist" and I have a lot to learn. I will conduct limited field research this year testing potential impacts of future biotechnologies and management-factor effects on soybean yield. However, my primary objective this year is to learn as much as I can about the current trends and challenges facing Illinois soybean producers across the state. If you are surveyed about your attitudes and/or challenges regarding soybean production in the coming year, please complete the survey the best you can. I plan to travel throughout the state and meet as many producers and industry stakeholders as possible. I am social and don't bite (often, anyway), so feel free to introduce yourself if you see me at a field day or meeting. If I can be of any assistance to you, you can contact me in the University of Illinois Department of Crop Sciences at 217-244-7497 or by e-mail at davisv@illinois.edu. I look forward to serving Illinois agriculture for years to come.--Vince M. Davis

Kevin Steffey
Vince Davis

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