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Ralph E. Whitesides

Ralph E. Whitesides

Professor and Weed Science Extension Specialist
Area of Study: Plant Science, Weed Science
Employee Type: Extension, Faculty
Location:  AGRS 325
Office Phone:  435-797-8252
Cell Phone:  435-770-0703
4820 Old Main Hill AGS 326
Logan Utah 84322-4820


Specialties; Weed science

Education 

Doctor of Philosophy (PhD) Oregon State University, 1979 (Crop Science - Weed Science Emphasis)
Master of Science (MS) Oregon State University, 1978 (Crop Science - Weed Science Emphasis)
Bachelor of Science (BS) Utah State University, 1974 (Agronomy/Botany)

 Experience/Employment
 
2002 - present - Professor and Extension Weed Specialist, Utah State University
1993 - 2002 - Associate Dean for Extension & Academic Programs, Utah State Univ.
1987 - 1993 - Extension Agronomist/Associate Professor, Utah State University
1981 - 1987 - Assistant Professor/Assistant Agronomist, Washington State University
1979 - 1981 - Extension Agronomist/Asst. Prof. - Weed Control, Oregon State Univ.
1974 - 1975 - Fieldman, Utah-Idaho Sugar Company
1973 - 1974 - Research and Laboratory Aid, Plant Science Dept. Utah State University
1968 - 1971 - Bank Teller, First National Bank of Layton
1967 - 1968 - Custodian, Dutch Delight(Cornelius Delight Custodial Service)
1967 - 1974 - Farm Laborer, Various
 
Professional Development

2009 - 2009 - Biolgical Control of Weeds - Symposium, Western Society of Weed Science
2009 - present - Non Commercial Pesticide Applicator, Utah Department of Agriculture and Food
1991 - 1993 - NELD Trainee, National Extension Leadership Development Program
1975 - 1979 - Research Assistant and Graduate Student, Oregon State University
1969 - 1971 - Full-time Volunteer Missionary, Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints

Honors/Accomplishments

2010 – USU College of Agriculture Teacher of the Year
2008 - USDA Certificate of Appreciation
2008 – 20 Years of Service, Utah State Univ.
 
Grants (total funds for period 2007-2010 = $ 251,700)
 

2010 – Gift Grant, Dow AgroSciences to support weed tour in the Buckhorn Draw ($1000)
2008 - 2010 - Evaluating Long-term Weed Control and Seeding Rates in Roundup Ready Alfalfa ($32,000)
2007 - 2010 - Freeways to Fuels ($194,200)
2007 - Managing Weeds in Roundup Ready Alfalfa ($24,000)

 Courses Taught

Undergraduate

PSC 4900 – Weed Management (fall 2010).
PSC 4320 – Forage Production and Pasture Ecology (fall 2010).
USU 1010 – University Connections (fall 2010).
PLSC 4280 - Field Crops (fall 2009).
PLSC 4900 - Weed Management (now PSC 4550 – fall 2009).
PLSC 5550 - Weed Biology and Control (fall 2008).
PLSC 4320 - Forage Production and Pasture Ecology.
PLSC 4900 - Weed Management (fall 2008).
PLSC 4320 - Forage Production and Pasture Ecology (fall 2008).
PLSC 4320 - Forage Production and Pasture Ecology (fall 2007.
PLSC 4900 - Weed Management (fall 2007).

Graduate

PLSC 6550 - Weed Biology and Control.

Graduate Students Supervised/Committee Member
 
Ph.D. Students (Major Professor)

Hanks, Dallas (Crop Production, Weed Management, and Bio-diesel)

Masters Students (Major Professor or Committee Member)

Israelsen, Karl (Invasive Grasses in Irrigated Pasture)
Lowden, Nina (Entomology)
Lowry, Brenda (Common Weeds of Yard and Garden)
Reynolds, Leanna (Allelopathy and Russian Knapweed
Stakland, Steve (Soil Science and Sustainable Agriculture
 
Presentations
 
110 total Extension presentation in the 4-year period 2007-2010
 
Publications
 
19 Publications during 4-year period 2007-2010 (2009 and 2010 publications listed)
 
Marvin H. Hall, Nicholas S. Hebrock, Paulette E. Pearson, John L. Caddel, Vance N. Owens, R. Mark Sulc, Daniel J. Undersander, and Ralph E. Whitesides. (2010) The Effects of Glyphosate-Tolerant Technology on Reduced Alfalfa Seeding Rates. Agron. J. 102:911-916.
 
Ralph Whitesides and Michael Bouck . (2010) Weed Management in Improved Pastures - PNW Bulletin 614.  Pasture and Grazing Management in the Northwest. Chapter 7, pages 67-72. 
 
Ralph Whitesides, Matthew Palmer, and Corey Ransom . (2009) Control of hoary cress with chlorsulfuron, metsulfuron, or 2,4-D amine prior to seeding non-irrigated pasture. 2009 Research Progress Report. 8. 
 
Ralph Whitesides and Clayton Whitesides . (2009) Topographic factors influencing spot-treatment of musk thistle in a montane environment. 2009 Research Progress Report. 40. 
 
Corey V. Ransom, Brent L. Black, and Ralph E. Whitesides . (2009) A survey of weeds in Utah tart cherry orchards. 2009 Research Progress Report. 74-75. 
 
Ralph Whitesides, Steven Dewey, Michael Bouck, and Kim Edvarchuk. (2009) Management inputs for saltcedar control. 2009 Research Progress Report. 152-153. 
 
Committee/Consulting Services
 
2010 – present – Member Faculty Senate Executive Committee, Utah State University
2009 - present - Member Faculty Senate, Utah State University
2009 - present - Member Parking Committee, Utah State University - Faculty Senate
2009 - present - Member Academic Freedom and Tenure Committee, Utah State University - Faculty Senate
2010 – present – Member Promotion Committee for Dr. Thomas Rohr, Utah State University – Music Department
2009 - present - Member Promotion and Tenure Committee - Jason Nicolson, Utah State University - Music Department
2007 - present - Member Utah Crop Improvement Association Board of Directors, Utah Crop Improvement Association
2007 - present - Chair Variety Release Commiteee, Utah Agricultural Experiment Station
2006 - present - Chair PSC Crops Curriculum Committee, USU Department of Plants, Soils, and Climate
2006 - present - Member of Phi Kappa Phi Committee Utah Chapter, Phi Kappa Phi
2006 - present - Member, Promotion and Tenure Committee for Corey Ransom, Utah State University - Dept of Plants, Soils, and Climate
2005 - present - Chair, Promotion and Tenure Committe for Grant Cardon, Utah State University - Department of Plants, Soils, and Climate
2005 - present - Executive Board Member - Constitution and Operating Procedures, Weed Science Society of America
2005 - present - Utah State Weed Board, Utah Department of Agriculture and Food
2004 - present - USU Board of Mediators, Utah State University
2002 - present - Member Executive Committee, Utah Weed Control Association