Cotton Incorporated has named Dr. Gaylon Morgan research director, Agricultural & Environmental Research Division.
In this role, Morgan will focus on weed and weed management research, according to a news release. A recognized expert in this area, he joins the company at a time when such expertise is most needed. Weed control and emerging diseases are the top two threats that face the U.S. cotton industry, and the research needed to address these threats continues to demand increased attention.
Morgan’s research on cotton agronomy, weeds and diseases has been published and referred to extensively in numerous scholarly reports and industry publications. He has also participated in various conferences, webinars and lectures during his professional career.
Morgan was honored as the Beltwide Cotton Specialist of the Year in 2016 by Bayer Crop Sciences and is also a three-time recipient of the Superior Service Award by Texas A&M AgriLife Extension Service.
“Gaylon is among the most knowledgeable and dedicated researchers on cotton agronomy, diseases and weed threats to the commodity,” says Dr. Kater Hake, vice president of the Cotton Incorporated Agricultural & Environmental Research Division. “We welcome him as both a colleague and as a strategist to combat a number of current weed, disease and production cost threats to cotton.”
Before joining Cotton Incorporated, Morgan worked as a professor and state Extension cotton specialist in the Department of Soil & Crop Sciences at the Texas AgriLife Extension Service, Texas A&M University.
He holds a Master of Science in agronomy from Texas A&M University and a Doctorate of Philosophy in horticulture/plant pathology from University of Wisconsin.