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2013 Weed Research Annual Report
To Whom it May Concern;
Forwarded on Behalf of Bryan Young:

I appreciated working with all of you in 2013 and the past several years in my capacity to support your research objectives at SIU. I value our ability to bridge our common goals to deliver the information necessary for retailers and growers to implement improved weed management programs. Thus, it's with mixed feelings that I must inform you that I will be leaving SIU for a similar position at Purdue. Last week my pending employment became official and I will be transitioning to Purdue during the month of December.

Please note that I will not be abandoning any ongoing efforts for research at SIU as I have some projects that will continue for the next several years in which I plan to provide some oversight in an adjunct appointment with SIU. Ron Krausz and Joe Matthews provided their expertise and experience in weed science research at SIU when I started in 1998 and I'm comforted to know that both of them will be here to see that the next weed science faculty member will benefit from their presence. In addition, the weed science program at SIU will have two other research staff and a couple graduate students continuing after my departure. I'm confident the remaining personnel in weed science will provide an effective bridge to the next faculty member in weed science. The process to begin the search to hire the next weed science faculty member at SIU has been set in motion and we hope to fill this position as soon as possible to allow for a seamless transition. In the meantime, Ron Krausz will assume the lead for coordinating any field research in the coming year and Joe Matthews will continue to serve as the primary liaison for developing the field trial protocols, data management, and report completion.

At Purdue I will have similar responsibilities in weed science with a teaching role and an applied research program encompassing greenhouse, lab, and field components. More specifically, my research foci will include integrated weed management systems, herbicide-resistant weeds, herbicide optimization, herbicide application systems, and related herbicide-physiology aspects. I will be taking one researcher from SIU, Julie Young, with me to Purdue where she will assume that same researcher responsibilities in my program there.

Our primary goal is to sustain the status of the SIU Weed Science program as an excellent resource for weed management research, teaching, and outreach. Should you have any questions or concerns regarding the SIU Weed Science program or my role at Purdue please contact me, Ron Krausz (618-566-4761;, or Joe Matthews (618-453-4817; Again, I have greatly appreciated your collaboration and look forward to continued success and new opportunities in the future.



Bryan Young

Professor of Weed Science/Agronomy
Forwarded on Behalf of Dean Latour:

The purpose of this note is to communicate our next steps in the open Weed Science position at SIU. The Chancellor recognizes the importance of Weed Science and the value it brings to the industry/region. The Colleges of Agricultural Sciences and Sciences are jointly moving the position forward as a new tenure track hire focused primarily on Weed Science and we aspire to have this secured by August 2014. In order to meet this deadline, I will work with Dean Achenbach and Professor Jones on the next steps.


Mickey A. Latour, Ph.D.

Professor and Dean, College of Agriculture

1205 Lincoln Drive

Carbondale, IL 62901-4416

Phone: (618) 453-2469
Bryan's NCWSS Fellow Award

Thank you!!!!! As I mentioned at NCWSS, this fellow award is a team award, not an individual.

SIU Weed Science Team - 2013

SIU Weed Science Team - 2013


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