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Ralph Whitesides

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Professor

Educational Background

PhD, Weed Science, Oregon State University, 1979
Control of field bindweed and growth stage indexing for herbicide/tillage applications
MS, Weed Science, Oregon State University, 1978
Control of Canada thistle in Peppermint
BS, Agronomy, (Botany), Utah State University, 1974


Biography

Born and raised Layton, Utah on a diversified dairy farm. BS agronomy Utah State University 1974. Fieldman Utah/Idaho Sugar Company 1974-75. MS Weed Science Oregon State University 1978. PhD Weed Science Oregon State University 1979. Assitant Professor Oregon State University 1979-81, Assistant Professor Washington State University 1981-1987. Associate and Full Professor Utah State University 1987-present.


Teaching Interests

I enjoy teaching and Extension work that relates to agronomic crop production, especially as it relates to Weed Science. I spend most of my teaching time teaching Weed Managment, Forage Production and Pasture Ecology, and Field Crops. I spend the bulk of my time in Extension on issues related to Weed Science in agronomic settings, rangeland, and wildlands, including recreational areas such as state and national parks. I am also actively engaged in feedstock production for biofuels.

Research Interests

I do not have a designated research appointment at this time. I am actively engaged in applied research related to weed management in public lands, in cropland, and in non-traditional agricultural land that can be used for bio-fuel feedstock production.

Awards

E.G. Extension Award, 2014

Utah State University

Utah Weed Supervisor Appreciation Award, 2014

Utah Weed Supervisors Association

Outstanding Teacher, 2010

Utah State University - College of Agriculture

USDA Certificate of Appreciation, 2008

Years of Service, 2008


Publications - Abstracts

  • Whitesides, R.E, Creech, J.E, Davison, J.C, (2016). Fortifying farms and ranches against weed invasion. Western Society of Weed Science *
  • Ransom, C., Edvarchuk, K.A, Whitesides, R.E, (2012). Challenges of early detection and rapid response to weed invasion in the Western United States. Society for Range Management
  • Ransom, C., Whitesides, R.E, (2012). Proactive EBIPM: Establishing weed prevention areas. Society for Range Management
  • Lowry, B.J, Whitesides, R.E, Dewey, S.A, Ransom, C., (2009). Observations on undergraduate weed science term papers. Abstracts of the Weed Science Society of America *
  • MacAdam, J.W, Buffler, S., Whitesides, R.E, (2000). Irrigated grass-legume pasture mixtures: Long-term yield results. Agron. Abstr *
  • MacAdam, J.W, Buffler, S., Whitesides, R.E, (1999). Changes in yield components of irrigated grass-legume mixtures in the Intermountain West. Agron. Abstr *
  • MacAdam, J.W, Buffler, S., Whitesides, R.E, (1998). Change in botanical composition of intensively managed irrigated pasture mixtures following establishment. Agron Abstr *
  • MacAdam, J.W, Buffler, S., Whitesides, R.E, (1998). Effect of first cutting date on seasonal distribution of yield in grass/legume mixtures. Agron. Abstr *
  • Winger, M.B, Whitesides, R.E, MacAdam, J.W, (1996). Yield and Quality Comparison of Bloating and Non-Bloating Legumes. Agron. Abstr., WSCS *
  • Whitesides, R.E, MacAdam, J.W, Winger, M.B, (1996). Yield and Quality of NewHy RS Grass Under Irrigation. Agron. Abstr., WSCS *
  • Thomson, S.V, Whitesides, R.E, Cooper, T.D, MacAdam, J.W, (1993). Effect of alfalfa witches'-broom on nutritional quality of alfalfa. Sixth International Congress of Plant Pathology, Montreal, Canada
  • MacAdam, J.W, Whitesides, R.E, (1993). Morphology and composition of alfalfa grown at optimal or low diurnal temperatures. Agron. Abstr *

Publications - Books & Book Chapters

    * Has not been peer reviewed

    Publications - Fact Sheets

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    Publications - Curriculum

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      Publications - Journal Articles

        Academic Journal

      • Whitesides, R.E, (2006). Combining Herbicides and Goat Grazing to Control Saltcedar (Utah). Ecological Restoration, Vol. 24 # 3, 204.
      • MacAdam, J.W, Whitesides, R.E, (1996). Growth at low temperatures increases alfalfa leaf cell constituents related to bloat. Crop Science, 36, 378-382.
      • MacAdam, J.W, Hill, J., Whitesides, R.E, (1995). Frost-induced movement of potassium to the apoplast may increase the incidence of alfalfa bloat. Crop Science, 35, 1133-1136.
      • Professional Journal

      • Ransom, C., Whitesides, R.E, (2012). Proative EBIPM: Establishing weed prevention areas. Society for Range Management, 34:6, 35-38.
      • Hall, M.H, Dillon, J.M, Stambaugh, H.J, Hebrock, N.S, Caddel, J.L, Owens, V.N, Sulc, R.M, Undersander, D.J, Whitesides, R.E, (2012). The Effects of Seeding Rates on Older Stands of Glyphosate-Tolerant Alfalfa. Agronomy Journal, 104:4, 1096-1099. doi: doi:10.2134/agronj2011.0292
      • Hall, M.H, Hebrock, N.S, Pierson, P.E, Caddel, J.L, Owens, V.N, Sulc, R.M, Undersander, D.J, Whitesides, R.E, (2010). The effects of glyphosate-tolerant technology on reduced alfalfa seeding rates.. Agronomy Journal, 102, 911-916. doi: doi:10.2134/agronj2009.0388
      • Public or Trade Journal

      • Whitesides, R.E, (2004). Galloping Goatgrass. Western Farmer Stockman Magazine, 10-11, 14, 16. *

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      Publications - Literary Journal

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        Publications - MultiMedia

          Video

        • Palmer, M.D, Whitesides, R.E, Palmer, N., (2010). Garden weed control. Centracom Interactive

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        Publications - Technical Reports

          Research Reports

        • Whitesides, R.E, Duncan, C., (2013). Update: Utah Tamarisk Control Project Gets Results. Technline Invasive Plant News *
        • Rupp, L.A, Whitesides, R.E, Kettenring, K., Larese-Casanova, M., Goodspeed, J., (2013). Phragmites australis Control at the Rural-Urban Interface Final Report. *
        • Sulser, A.R, Whitesides, R.E, Ransom, C., Rauch, T., (2013). Control of Buckhorn Plantain in Irrigated Pastures. Western Society of Weed Science Research Progress Report
        • Ransom, C., Black, B.L, Whitesides, R.E, (2009). A survey of weeds in Utah tart cherry orchards. Western Society of Weed Science 2009 Research Progress Report *
        • Whitesides, R.E, Palmer, M.D, Ransom, C., (2009). Control of hoary cress with chlorsulfuron, metsulfuron, and 2,4-D amine prior to seeding non-irrigated pasture. Western Society of Weed Science 2009 Research Progress Report *
        • Ransom, C., Whitesides, R.E, (2008). Herbicide combinations for wild oat control in winter wheat. 2007 Western Society of Weed Science Research Progress Reports *
        • Whitesides, R.E, Ransom, C., (2008). Removal of a glyphosate-resistant alfalfa stand. 2007 Western Society of Weed Science Research Progress Reports *
        • Whitesides, R.E, (2006). Constitution - Weed Science Society of America. *
        • Whitesides, R.E, (2006). Manual of Operating Procedures - Weed Science Society of America. *
        • MacAdam, J.W, Buffler, S., Whitesides, R.E, Davies, A., (1997). Forage mixtures for irrigate production in the U.S. Intermountain Westd pasture. The Working Group on Pasture Ecology Newsletter, No. 40, IGER *
        • Karsten, H.D, MacAdam, J.W, Buffler, S., Whitesides, R.E, Davies, A., (1997). Rotationally-stocked pasture species for the Intermountain West, U.S.A. The Working Group on Pasture Ecology Newsletter, No. 39, IGER *

        * Has not been peer reviewed

        Publications - Translations & Transcripts

          Publications - Other

            Bulletins

          • Christensen, S.D, Ransom, C., Sheley, R., Smith, B., Whitesides, R.E, (2011). Establishing Weed Prevention Area, A step-by-step user's guide. USDA-ARS, Area-wide EBIPM Project
          • Lowry, B.J, Whitesides, R.E, Dewey, S.A, Ransom, C., Banner, R.E, (2011). Common weeds of the yard and garden – A guidebook. Utah State University Cooperative Extension *
          • Magazine/Trade Publication

          • Whitesides, R.E, Creech, J.E, Israelsen, C.E, (2014). Hard water affects herbicide efficacy. Progressive Forage Grower Magazine *
          • Other

          • Whitesides, R.E, Sulser, A., Ransom, C., (2015). Selective Control of Buckhorn Plantain in Pasture. Proceedings/Western Society of Weed Science *
          • Patterson, R., Worwood, D.R, Whitesides, R.E, (2009). Report--Year-round treatment of Russian olive (Eleagnus angustifolia) with glyphosate or 2,4-D by frill and drill methods. Western Society for Weed Science Research Progress
          • Whitesides, R.E, (2009). Weed Management in Improved Pastures - Chapter 7. PNW Bulletin: Pasture and Grazing Management in the Northwest *
          • Whitesides, R.E, (2008). Freeways to Fuel. Rural Connections *
          • Whitesides, R.E, (2008). Saving Utah's Landscape - Biocontrol of Tamarisk. Electronic Fact Sheet *
          • Whitesides, R.E, (2008). Saving Utah's Landscape - Dinosaur National Monument. Electronic Fact Sheet *
          • Whitesides, R.E, (2008). Saving Utah's Landscape - Early Detection and Rapid Response. Electronic Fact Sheet *
          • Whitesides, R.E, (2008). Saving Utah's Landscape - Purge Your Spurge. Electronic Fact Sheet *
          • Whitesides, R.E, (2008). Saving Utah's Landscape - Scouts Tackle Tamarisk. Electronic Fact Sheet *
          • Whitesides, R.E, (2008). Saving Utah's Landscape - Squarrose Knapweed. Electronic Fact Sheet *
          • Whitesides, R.E, (2007). Jointed Goatgrass Best Management Practices (BMP) Intermountain Region. *
          • Whitesides, R.E, (2006). Saltcedar-Tamarisk. Extension Fact Sheet *
          • Whitesides, R.E, (2006). The Effects of Companion Crops on Weed Control and Yield in Spring-Seeded Alfalfa. Master of Science Thesis *
          • Whitesides, R.E, (2006). Saltcedar Control with Herbicides Compared to Grazing with Goats and an Evaluation of a Rapid Bioassay of Stem Cuttings to Determine Treatment Effects on Saltcedar. Master of Science Thesis *
          • Whitesides, R.E, (2005). Utah Strategic Plan for Managing Noxious Weeds. *
          • Whitesides, R.E, (2004). Noxious Weed Field Guide for Utah. Noxious Weed Field Guide for Utah *
          • Whitesides, R.E, (2004). Influence of planting Season on Froage Yield, Quality, and Plant Persistence of Perennial Ryegrass and Perennial Ryegrass Legume Mixtures. Master of Science Thesis *
          • Whitesides, R.E, (2002). Perennial Ryegrass Legume Mixtures - Yield and Persistence from Fall and Spring Plantings. Utah Pasture Handbook *
          • Whitesides, R.E, (2001). Intermountain Planting Guide. Intermountain Planting Guide *
          • Whitesides, R.E, (2001). Small Pasture Management Guide for Utah. Utah State University Extension Publication AG 508 *

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          Scheduled Teaching

          PSC 4550 - Weed Management, Fall 2017

          PSC 4550 - Weed Management, Fall 2016

          HONR 4900 - Senior Thesis/Project, Spring 2016

          PSC 4280, 6900 - Field Crops, Fall 2015

          PSC 4550 - Weed Management, Fall 2015

          PSC 4320,6900 - Forage Production and Pasture Ecology, Fall 2014

          PSC 4550 - Weed Management, Fall 2014

          PSC 4280,6900 - Field Crops, Fall 2013

          PSC 4550 - Weed Management, Fall 2013

          PSC 7900 - Special Problems in Plants, Soils, and/or Climate, Spring 2013

          PSC 4320 - Forage Production and Pasture Ecology, Fall 2012

          PSC 4550 - Weed Management, Fall 2012

          PSC 4280 - Field Crops, Fall 2011

          USU 1010 - University Connections, Fall 2011

          PSC 4550 - Weed Management, Fall 2011

          PSC 7990 - Continuing Graduate Advisement, Summer 2011

          PSC 3400 - Landscape Management Principles and Practices, Spring 2011

          PSC 7970 - RESEARCH & THESIS, Spring 2011

          PS 4320 - Forage Production and Pasture Ecology, Fall 2010

          PSC 4320 - Forage Production and Pasture Ecology, Fall 2010

          Organic Agriculture, Fall 2010

          PSC 1800 - Plant Science Orientation, Fall 2010

          PSC 7970 - Research and Thesis, Fall 2010

          PSC 4900 - Special Problems, Fall 2010

          USU 1010 - University Connections, Fall 2010

          USU 1010 - University Connections, Fall 2010

          PS 4900 - Weed Management, Fall 2010

          Poisonous Plants, Spring 2010


          Extension

          Agriculture/Natural Resources , 2005 - 2017
          Spotted Knapweed Control, 2014 - 2016
          Russian Knapweed Management In Cropland, 2013 - 2016
          Russian Olive Control, 2009 - 2016
          Long-term Musk Thistle Control, 2007 - 2016
          Russian Knapweed, 2011 - 2015
          Master Gardener training, 2014 - 2014
          Center for Agronomic and Woody Biomass, 2011 - 2014
          Squarrose Knapweed, 2012 - 2013
          Medusahead, 2012 - 2013
          Phragmites, 2012 - 2013
          Non-traditional Ag land for Oil Seed Production, 2011 - 2013
          Buckhorn Plantain Control in Pasture, 2011 - 2013
          Lucin CL, 2011 - 2013
          Civil Rights - General Plan, 2010 - 2010
          Noxious Weed Invasion on Farms and Ranches, 2008 - 2010
          Boy Scouts of America-Salt Cedar Control Project, 2008 - 2009
          Weed Management in Crops and Landscape, 2008 - 2009
          Freeways to Fuel, 2007 - 2009
          Improved Pasture/Grazingland Management, 2007 - 2009

          Graduate Students Mentored

          Brenda Lowry, Plants, Soils, and Climate
          Bryan Dayton, Plants, Soils, and Climate, January 2011 - August 2014
          Dallas Hanks, Plants, Soils, and Climate, January 2006 - June 2012