Episode 16 - Cover Crops in the Southeast (Part 1)​

April 2022 | 30 min., 12 sec.
by Seth Byrd, Steve Brown, Keith Edmisten, Hunter Frame, and Camp Hand
Oklahoma State University, Auburn University, NC State University, Virginia Tech, and University of Georgia (respectively)


​​Steve Brown, Keith Edmisten, Hunter Frame, and Camp Hand discuss the management of cover crops in the Southeast and considerations for planting cotton in a system using cover crops. Podcast hosted by Seth Byrd.​​​​

About the Presenter

​​Seth ByrdSeth Byrd is the Extension cotton specialist for Oklahoma State University. He received a bachelor’s degree in agronomy from North Carolina State University, a master’s degree in agronomy from the University of Florida, and a PhD in crop and soil science with a focus on cotton agronomics from the University of Georgia. (OSU photo by Todd Johnson)​

​​Steve M. BrownSteve M. Brown is a 1978 graduate in agronomy and soils from Auburn University and later earned MS and PhD degrees in agronomy/weed science at Auburn and Texas A&M, respectively. He worked as an assistant county agent in a cotton pest management role for a couple of years in northern Alabama and then served as a research associate in a Cotton Incorporated-funded project on no-till cotton from 1980 to 1984. From 1987 until 2008, he served as an Extension weed scientist and cotton agronomist for the University of Georgia in Tifton. He worked for a major seed and biotechnology company from 2008 until 2019, when he joined the faculty at Auburn. His entire career has focused on cotton.

Keith EdmistenKeith Edmisten is a Professor and Extension Cotton Specialist with North Carolina State University. He received his BS in Agronomy from North Carolina State in 1981 He received his MS in Crop Science in 1985 from the same institution. He received his PhD in Agronomy in 1987 from Virginia Tech. Dr. Edmisten grew up on a farm in Iredell County, North Carolina.​

Hunter Frame ​​Hunter Frame has been the field crops agronomist at Virginia Tech’s Tidewater Agricultural Research and Extension Center since 2012. In this role, he serves as Virginia’s cotton specialist and manages the Official Cotton Variety Testing program; the bulk of his research is focused on soil fertility an​d plant nutrition issues in cotton production. Projects in Dr. Frame’s research program have focused on nitrogen, sulfur, potassium, and micronutrients. Understanding how cotton yields can be improved through managing nutrients and other agronomic inputs is paramount to enhancing the profitability and sustainability of U.S. cotton producers. This is the overarching goal of Dr. Frame’s research and Extension program.

​​Camp HandCamp Hand is an assistant professor and Extension cotton specialist at the University of Georgia in Tifton. His research and Extension programs focus on cotton agronomics in Georgia, and his goal is to work with the UGA county agents and growers to answer questions that will help Georgia growers remain sustainable and economical. Camp received his BS and MS degrees at Auburn University in horticulture while minoring in agronomy. His graduate work at Auburn was conducted under Dr. Wheeler Foshee. He then went on to pursue a PhD at the University of Georgia in Tifton in weed science under the direction of Dr. Stanley Culpepper.​​


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