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Timely information to producers can be critical in the prevention of crop loss. The Alabama Cooperative Extension agronomic crops team delivers research-based integrated information to improve producer management decisions while increasing profitability. The team offers expertise for all major row crops in the following areas:

  • agronomy
  • plant pathology
  • entomology
  • weed science
  • agricultural engineering
  • soil fertility

Alabama producers of corn, cotton, soybeans, and peanuts report improved yields and cost savings thanks to the work of these experts and the educational information they provide.


Agronomic Crops Team

Name TitleSpeciality Area(s)
Team Coordinator
Edward SikoraExtension Plant PathologistPlant pathologist for corn, soybeans, and hemp
Team Members
Kris BalkcomAssistant Extension ProfessorPeanut varieties, seeding rates, seed treatments, planting dates, row spacing, tillage, and sub surface drip irrigation.
Eve BrantleyDirector Water Resource Ctr Adm-AgricultureNatural resource ecology and management, water resources, and watershed management
Steve BrownAssistant Professor and Extension SpecialistCotton agronomist
Kassie ConnerExtension Plant Pathologist; Director of Plant Diagnostic LabPlant pathologist and plant disease diagnostician
Audrey GambleAssistant Professor and Extension SpecialistSoil fertility and soil conservation for all major row crops–including cotton, corn, peanut, soybean, and wheat.
Scott GrahamAssistant Professor and Extension SpecialistEntomologist for cotton, soybean, and peanut
Austin HaganVisiting ProfessorManagement of plant diseases of field crops.
Katelyn KesheimerAssistant Professor and Extension ProfessorEntomologist for corn, small grains, stored grain, forages and pastures, and hemp
Steve LiAssistant Professor and Extension ProfessorWeed science
Ayanava MajumdarProfessor and Extension SpecialistEntomology and the Alabama Beginning Farmer Program
Brenda OrtizProfessor and Extension SpecialistPrecision agriculture
Rishi PrasadProfessor and Extension SpecialistNutrient management and environmental stewardship, working with corn, soybeans, and cotton
Adam RabinowitzAssistant Professor and Extension SpecialistFarm and agribusiness management
Max RungeProfessor and Extension SpecialistFarm and agribusiness management, including farm management, profit profiles, agricultural data, and enterprise budgets
David RussellProfessor and Extension SpecialistWeed science in corn, soybean, small grains, and forages
Wendiam SawadgoAssistant Professor and Extension SpecialistFarm and agribusiness management
Kent StanfordAssociate Professor and Extension SpecialistNutrient management
Ron SmithVisiting ProfessorManagement and control of cotton and soybean insects
Amanda Strayer-SchererAssistant Professor and Extension SpecialistPlant pathologist for cotton, peanut, small grains, and forages
Sonja ThomasExtension SpecialistPesticide applicator training coordinator
Tyler SandlinAssistant Professor and Extension SpecialistAgronomic crops


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