PULLMAN, Wash. – Stephen Guy, an extension crop management specialist in the Department of Plant, Soil and Entomological Sciences with the University of Idaho, will become Washington State University Extension agronomist in WSU’s Department of Crop and Soil Sciences on Oct. 1.
He will be responsible for leading an extensive field-based variety testing program for evaluation of public and private cereal grains and other relevant crops appropriated for the cropping system of eastern Washington.
“Dr. Guy brings a vast experience in variety evaluation and cropping systems agronomy,” said Bill Pan, chair of WSU’s crop and soil sciences department. “He has a great track record of working with growers in transferring technologies that they can use on the farm. Stephen will be a valuable member of our cereal genetics, breeding and variety development team.”
“I am very pleased to be joining the cereals team at WSU and build upon the excellent work done by my predecessors,” Guy said.
He also will be responsible for gathering and disseminating evaluations on variety performance to plant breeders, producers, the seed and other agriculture industries. He will also participate in development of integration of cereal varieties into cropping system for the dryland and irrigated areas of eastern Washington through membership in an interdisciplinary team that includes plant breeders, agronomists, cereal chemists, weed scientists, plant pathologists, agronomists, cereal chemists, weed scientists, agricultural economists, county extension faculty various commodity organizations and private seed suppliers.
Guy will continue work he started at UI on the oilseed crop Camelina and a long-term tillage comparison study
Before joining the faculty at Idaho in 1990, Guy was employed as a project manager for Landis International, Inc., Valdosta, Ga., from 1988-1990; a graduate assistant at the University of Wisconsin from 1986-1988; and a research and extension specialist at the University of Wisconsin from 1983-1986.
The Kansas native holds a doctorate in agronomy from the University of Wisconsin, Madison; a master’s of science degree in plant pathology from Colorado State University as well as a bachelor’s of science degree in botany from Colorado State.
Guy replaces John Burns, who retired last December.