Category Archives: Agriculture

Agriculture

Crosby, George - Irrigation, Hydroponics, Greenhouse Management, Vegetable Production, Developmental Agriculture, Botany

Ellram, Alex R. - Turfgrass Management, Golf Course Management, Advanced Golf Course Management, Integrated Pest Management, Ag Chemicals

Evans, Jason Robert - Agricultural Economics, Agricultural Policy, Small-scale Beef Production Systems, Market Research, Experimental Economics

Jiang, Zhongchun - Botany, Intro Golf Course Management, Applied Plant Physiology, Soil and Water Conservation

Marten, Timothy Erwin - Landscape Design, Landscape Estimating, Sustainable Sites, Ecological Design, Landscape Maintenance & Construction, Storm Water Management, Designed & Sustainable Agriculture, Permaculture

Testa, Nicholas D. - Small Engine Theory/Diagnostics, Diesel Engine Theory/Diagnostics, Electrical Troubleshooting

Thompson, David - Managing Multicultural Work Forces in Agriculture, Animal Reproduction, Bovine Hoof Care & Maintenance, Applied Bovine Reproduction

Tommell, Nicole L. - Equine Farm Management, Animal Science Techniques I, Agricultural Business Management, Agricultural Education Community Leadership, Animal Health

Tryon, John R. - Dairy Cattle Management; Dairy Cattle Selection, Judging and Showing; Agricultural and Occupational Education; Curriculum Evaluation

Wright, Bruce R. - Agricultural Equipment, Diesel Engines, John Deere Agricultural Equipment

Nicholas D. Testa

Department: Agricultural Engineering Technology
E-mail: testand@cobleskill.edu
Office Location: Curtis Mott Hall, Rm 105
Office Phone: 518-255-5503

Areas of Expertise
: Small Engine Theory/Diagnostics, Diesel Engine Theory/Diagnostics, Electrical Troubleshooting

Courses Taught:
Small Engine Diagnostics/Repair, Turf and Grounds Equipment Maint./Repair

About Nicholas: I have been an invited presenter on turf equipment and engine topics to the New York State Turf Grass Association (NYSTA) on multiple occations.
I have attended Kohler and Briggs & Stratton factory trainings
I hold a Master Service Technician (MST) certificate from Briggs & Stratton
I am involved in the Equipment and Engine Training Council (EETC)
I am a member of the following organizations:
Association for Career and Technical Education (ACTE)
The National Association of Agricultural Educators (NAAE)

George W. Crosby

Crosby


Title:
Professor
Department: Animal and Plant Sciences
E-mail: crosbygw@cobleskill.edu
Office Location: Hodder 115
Office Phone: 518.255.5279
Office Hours: M & W 9:30-10:30; F 10-1

 

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Bruce R. Wright

Title: Professor and John Deere Tech Coordinator
Department: Agricultural Engineering Technology
E-mail: wrightbr@cobleskill.edu
Office Location: Curtis-Mott Hall rm 107
Office Phone: 518-255-5575

Additional Title: John Deere Master Technical Instructor

Areas of Expertise: Agricultural Equipment, Diesel Engines, John Deere Agricultural Equipment

Courses Taught:
AGEN 132 Fundamentals of Diesel Engine Technology
AGEN 241 Agricultural Equipment
AGEN 285 Equipment Retailing Management
AGEN 480 Agricultural Equipment Technology Seminar

About Bruce:
Bruce has been teaching for more than 35 years at SUNY Cobleskill in the area of Agricultural Equipment.

Nicole L. Tommell

Department: Animal and Plant Sciences
E-mail: tommelnl@cobleskill.edu
Office Phone: (518) 255-5456

Areas of Expertise: Equine Farm Management, Animal Science Techniques I, Agricultural Business Management, Agricultural Education Community Leadership, Animal Health

David Thompson

Department: Animal and Plant Sciences
E-mail: thompsd@cobleskill.edu
Office Phone: (518) 255-5868

Areas of Expertise: Managing Multicultural Work Forces in Agriculture, Animal Reproduction, Bovine Hoof Care & Maintenance, Applied Bovine Reproduction

Zhongchun “ZJ” Jiang

jiangTitle: Professor
Department:
 Animal and Plant Sciences
E-mail: jiangz@cobleskill.edu
Office Phone: (518) 255-5617
Office Location: Old Gym room #1, in the basement

Areas of Expertise: Plant Physiology, Turfgrass Nutrition, Soil Nutrient Dynamics

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Alex R. Ellram

alexellramTitle: Professor
Department:
 Animal and Plant Sciences
E-mail: ellramar@cobleskill.edu
Office Phone: (518) 255-5644
Office Location: Hodder Hall 100

Areas of Expertise: Turfgrass Management, Golf Course Management, Advanced Golf Course Management, Integrated Pest Management, Agricultural Chemicals

Courses Taught:
RECM 205- Turf Bowl Study
RECM 222- Turfgrass Management.
RECM 378- Golf Course Management
RECM 413- Advanced Golf Course Management
ORHT 205 Greenhouse Crop Production SUNY Cobleskill.
ORHT 377- Integrated Pest Management
AGRN 335- Agricultural Chemicals.
AGRN 338. Weed Science Lab
AGSC 111- Soil Science Lab
AGSC 186- Entomology.
AGSC 281- Plant Pathology-
FFCS 199- Foundation for College Success. SUNY Cobleskill

About Alex: I began my turfgrass career in Minnesota working at two private country clubs (Midland Hills C.C. and the White Bear Yacht Club) in the Twin Cities area. I graduated from the University of Minnesota in 1986 with a Bachelor of Science in Turfgrass Management. After graduating I became Assistant Superintendent at the White Bear Yacht Club. The next position I took was Athletic Field Manager at the University of St. Thomas in St. Paul Minnesota. Not feeling challenged in this job, I returned to the University of Minnesota and earned a M.S. degree through the Department of Horticultural Science (turfgrass). I stayed on at the University of Minnesota and worked as a junior scientist assisting with research and maintaining turfgrass plots and greenhouse facilities.

I left the University of Minnesota after working there for two years. I returned to the golf industry taking a position at River Oaks Golf Course, a municipal facility. I worked at River Oaks for five years and kept looking at teaching positions that were available.

After much searching I finally found my niche in academia. I was hired as the Program Director to develop and teach in a turfgrass management program at the University of Minnesota, Crookston. While teaching and developing the turf program I returned to graduate school and earned a Ph.D. through the Department of Plant Pathology at the University of Minnesota. My research included field studies in mowing practices to reduce dollar spot on creeping bentgrass. I chose this topic to research because utilizing these practices can help reduce the need for fungicide applications. I am passionate about reducing chemical inputs and using IPM practices to provide high quality turf with minimal environmental impact.

In 2006 I was hired by SUNY Cobleskill to replace Mr. Bob Emmons, an icon in turfgrass education. I am excited to be here because I really enjoy teaching and advising. I also love the hand on opportunities we are able to give our students.

Curriculum Vitae:

EDUCATION

Ph.D. – Plant Pathology
Mowing Practices to Reduce Dollar Spot Disease on Creeping Bentgrass and Environmental Influences
on the Aggressiveness of Sclerotinia homoeocarpa.
University of Minnesota, St. Paul, Minnesota, September 2006

M.S. – Horticulture
Storage of Hydration- dehydration Cycled Lolium perenne L. ‘Delray’
And Poa annua L. sp. Seed
University of Minnesota, St. Paul, Minnesota, 1993

Bachelor of Science – Turfgrass Management with Distinction,
University of Minnesota, St. Paul, Minnesota, 1986

 

EMPLOYMENT

Professor, Plant Science- 2010 to present
Department of Plant Science
State University of New York College of Agriculture and Technology
Cobleskill, New York

Professor and Chair, Plant Science- 2010 to 2011
Department of Plant Science
State University of New York College of Agriculture and Technology
Cobleskill, New York

Professor, Plant Science- 2006 to 2010
Department of Plant Science
State University of New York College of Agriculture and Technology
Cobleskill, New York

Assistant Professor, Golf Facilities and Turf Systems- 1999 to 2006
Department of Natural Resources
University of Minnesota, Crookston

Assistant Golf Course Superintendent – August 1994 to March 1999
River Oaks Golf Course, Cottage Grove, Minnesota

Junior Scientist/ Turfgrass- June 1993 to August 1994
Department of Horticultural Science, University of Minnesota, St. Paul, Minnesota

Technician/ Turf Specialist- Summer 1994
Dial-U Clinic, Department of Horticulture,
University of Minnesota, St. Paul, Minnesota

Research Assistant -1991 to 1993 Department of Horticultural Science (Turf),
University of Minnesota, St. Paul, Minnesota

Athletic Field Turf Manager -1989 to 1991
University of St. Thomas, St. Paul, Minnesota

Assistant Golf Course Superintendent -1985 to 1989
White Bear Yacht Club, Dellwood, Minnesota

 

AWARDS AND HONORS

Trans-Mississippi Golf Association Scholarship 1984.
McGill Merit Scholarships 1983 and 1984.
Gamma Sigma Delta Honor Society 1985
Phi Kappa Phi Honor Society 1985
Graduate Student Merit Scholarship-University of Minnesota 1991 and 1992.
Nominee- John Tate Award for Excellence in Academic Advising University of Minnesota, 2004
Nominee- “Teacher with the most heart” award SUNY Cobleskill, spring 2009.

 

MEMBERSHIP IN PROFESSIONAL SOCIETIES

American Phytopathological Society (2000-present)
Golf Course Superintendents’ Association of America (1987-present)
New York State Turfgrass Association (2006-present)
Metropolitan Golf Course Superintendents’ Association (2007- present)
American Society of Agronomy (1999- present)

 

SUMMARY OF SKILLS

Teaching

Courses Developed and Taught:
RECM 205- Turf Bowl Study. SUNY Cobleskill. Developed curriculum and online modules, labs and reference materials.

RECM 222- Turfgrass Management. SUNY Cobleskill. Developed curriculum and online modules, labs and reference materials.

RECM 378- Golf Course Management. SUNY Cobleskill. Developed curriculum and online modules, labs and reference materials.

RECM 413- Advanced Golf Course Management. SUNY Cobleskill. Developed curriculum and online modules, labs and reference materials.

ORHT 200- Greenhouse Crop Production- SUNY Cobleskill. Developed curriculum and online modules, labs and reference materials.

ORHT 377- Integrated Pest Management. SUNY Cobleskill. Developed curriculum and online modules, labs and reference materials.

AGRN 335- Agricultural Chemicals. SUNY Cobleskill. Developed curriculum and online modules, labs and reference materials.

AGRN 338. Weed Science Lab. SUNY Cobleskill. Developed online modules, labs and reference materials.

AGSC 111- Soil Science Lab. SUNY Cobleskill. Developed online modules, labs and reference materials.

AGSC 186- Entomology. SUNY Cobleskill. Developed curriculum and online modules, labs and reference materials.

AGSC 281- Plant Pathology- SUNY Cobleskill. Developed curriculum and online modules, labs and reference materials.

FFCS 199- Foundation for College Success. SUNY Cobleskill. Revised and developed curriculum and online modules, labs and reference materials.

PlPa 1001- Diseases of Turfgrasses. University of Minnesota, Twin Cities. Developed curriculum and online modules. Delivered lectures via ITV from Crookston campus


Student Advising

Master Faculty Advisor- (2014)- Provide supplemental advisement for students of all majors, mentor and assist new faculty in advisement.

Turf Club Advsior/ Academic Advisor SUNY Cobleskill. 2006-present
Turf Club Advsior/ Academic Advisor- University of Minnesota, Crookston 1999-2006.
Turf Management

Calibrated and maintained fertilizer and pesticide application equipment. Planned and implemented fertilization and weed control programs. Diagnosed turf diseases, and implemented control programs utilizing cultural and chemical methods. Designed and built golf course greens, tees and drainage systems. Supervised construction and establishment of sand based greens. Installed, repaired and maintained electric and hydraulic irrigation systems. Programmed and scheduled irrigation. Developed a sand based soccer field. Renovated college baseball and football fields. Established and maintained turf research plots.
Research

Designed experiments. Collected and analyzed data. Laid out, established and maintained research plots, growth chambers and experimental greenhouses. Assisted in Poa annua L. breeding. Performed numerous laboratory procedures including: ELISA, protein isolation/purification, gel electrophoresis/ Southern blotting, PCR, tissue culture, establishment and maintenance of plant pathogen cultures, mist emasculation, and hydration-dehydration cycling. PhD research included field and laboratory studies of Sclerotinia homoeocarpa.
Invited Presentations

“Turfgrass Disease Management”, New York State Turfgrass Association Workshop, SUNY Cobleskill, Cobleskill, NY. March 2012.

“Turfgrass Insects Review and Update”, New York State Turfgrass Association Workshop, SUNY Cobleskill, Cobleskill, NY. March 2012.

“Identifying and Managing Common Turfgrass Diseases”, New York State Turfgrass Association Winning Fields Seminar, May 2011 Joe Bruno Stadium, Troy NY.

“Turfgrass and Trees”, Northeastern New York Nurserymen’s Education Day. March 2010
State University of New York, College of Science and Agriculture, Cobleskill, NY.

“Dollar Spot Biology and Management”, Empire Green Industry Conference, January 2010. Rochester, NY.

“Integrated Pest Management for Golf Courses”, Turflinks Sponsored Seminar, February 2010. Albany, NY.

“Diagnosing Turfgrass Diseases”, Sports Turf Managers of New York, November 13, 2008.

“Turfgrass Weed Management”, New York State Turfgrass Association SE Regional Conference Suffern, New York February 29, 2008.

“Integrated Dollar Spot Management”, Empire State Green Industry , Rochester, NY, November 2007.

“ IPM for Athletic Turf Managers”, Sport Turf Managers’ of New York Meeting and Field Day. July, 26, 2007.

“ Managing Turfgrass and Trees”, New York State Turfgrass Association Southeast Regional Conference, Suffern, NY. January 31, 2007.

NYS OPRHP Turfgrass Management Workshop. Saratoga State Park. November 3, 2006.

“Turfgrass and Trees”; Northwest Urban Forestry Workshop, Crookston, Minnesota. April 1, 2005

“Construction and Renovation of Athletic Fields”, Minnesota Turf and Grounds Foundation Annual Conference and Trade Show. Minneapolis, Minnesota. December 2000.

“Sports Turf Management for Winter Health and Survival”, Minnesota Turf and Grounds Foundation Annual Conference and Trade Show, Minneapolis, Minnesota, 1999.

 

Publications

Refereed journals
Ellram, A. R, Horgan, B.P. and Hulke, B. 2007. Mowing Strategies and Dew Removal to Minimize Dollar Spot on Creeping Bentgrass. Crop Sci. 47: 2129-2137.

Ellram, A. R, Horgan, B.P. and Hulke, B. 2008, Growth and Aggressiveness of 15 Sclerotinia homoeocarpa F.T. Bennett Isolates at Six Temperatures. Crop Sci.. Editing for submission.
Professional non- refereed journals

Ellram, Alex. New York State Turfgrass Association Online News Letter. October 2012. What the FRAC (HRAC and IRAC)? Rotating Chemistries to Slow the Development of Pesticide Resistance.

Ellram, A. R, Horgan, B.P. and Hulke, B. 2007. Dew the right thing. USGA Green Section Record. 45:5. p. 9-11.

Ellram, A. R, Horgan, B.P. and Hulke, B. 2007. Cultural practices to minimize dollar spot on creeping bentgrass. Golf Course Management. 75:1. p. 150-153.

Ellram, A. R. 2005. Diagnosis of Turf Problems. Talking Turf. 21(4) p. 10-19.

Ellram, A. R. and Horgan B.P. 2005. Mowing to reduce dollar spot. Golf Course Management. 73:10, p.88.
Community Service

Post Flood Athletic Field Renovation. April 2012. Middleburgh High School, Middleburgh, NY

Little League Baseball Field Renovation. October 2012. Cobleskill Little League Field, Cobleskill, NY.

 

Publications:

Mowing Strategies and Dew Removal to Minimize Dollar Spot on Creeping Bentgrass
Alex Ellram, Brian Horgan, Brent Hulke

Crop Science – CROP SCI 01/2007; 47(5). DOI:10.2135/cropsci2006.10.0649
ABSTRACT Dollar spot (DS) disease (caused by Sclero- tinia homoeocarpa F.T. Bennett) on bentgrass (Agrostis spp.) can be greatly reduced by imple- menting mowing and other cultural practices that reduce leaf wetness duration (LWD). Field studies were conducted in 2004 and 2005 to discern the effects of dew removal time (mow- ing at 0400, 1000, or 2200 h), method of dew removal (mowing with sharp or dull mower or squeegee), and frequency of dew removal (daily or alternate days) on the incidence of DS on fairway height (16 mm) creeping bentgrass (Agrostis stolonifera L.). The severity of DS was studied in laboratory experiments with 6, 12, and 18 h LWD. Dollar spot incidence on fi eld test plots was lowest when mowing treatments were conducted at 0400 h. In addition plots mowed at 2200 h had signifi cantly lower DS incidence than plots mowed at 1000 h. Mowing with either a sharp or dull reel mower proved more effective in reducing DS than alternating mowing with a squeegee for dew removal. Dull mower blades were as effective as sharp mower blades in reducing DS in our fi eld studies. Dollar spot incidence was also lower when dew was removed daily than when dew was removed on alternate days. Mowing at 0400 h daily was the most effective treatment for reducing DS on creeping bentgrass plots in both 2004 and 2005. In laboratory experiments, DS lesion size increased as LWD increased. Specifi cally, dis- ruption of leaf moisture after 6 h of uninterrupted LWD appeared to be most effective in reducing DS lesion diameter.

Ellram, Alex. New York State Turfgrass Association Online News Letter. October 2012. What the FRAC (HRAC and IRAC)? Rotating Chemistries to Slow the Development of Pesticide Resistance.

Timothy Erwin Marten

timmartenTitle: Assistant Professor
Department: Plant and Animal Science
E-mail: martente@cobleskill.edu
Office Location: Hodder Hall 119
Office Phone: 518-255-5648
Office Hours: Mon & Wed 10-12 Fri 11-1

Areas of Expertise: Landscape Design, Landscape Estimating, Sustainable Sites, Ecological Design, Landscape Maintenance & Construction, Storm Water Management, Designed & Sustainable Agriculture, Permaculture

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Jason Robert Evans

Jason EvansTitle: Assistant Professor
Department: 
Agricultural Business Management
E-mail:
evansjr@cobleskill.edu
Office Location: Old Gym 107
Office Phone: 518-255-5643
Office Hours: M,W,F 11-12; T, 8-9; Th 2 -3

Areas of Expertise: Agricultural Economics, Agricultural Policy, Small-scale Beef Production Systems, Market Research, Experimental Economics

 

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