Michael Patterson

Michael G. Patterson

Extension Specialist & Professor
Weed Science

202 Funchess Hall

Selected Publications


1985 Ph.D., Auburn University (Weed Science)
1980 M.S., Auburn University (Weed Science)
1977 B.S., Auburn University (Agronomy)

Professional Activities:

My extension program includes responsibility for weed management in cotton, small grains, commercial vegetables, small fruits, apples, peaches, and pecans. I update and write and the ACES recommendations for each of these crops yearly. My role as an extension specialist involves advising county agents, consultants, farmers, and the general public in weed control measures in all the crops listed above. In addition, I routinely provide information to these clients on weed control and management measures in crops for which I am not directly responsible; including soybeans, peanuts, corn, forages, turf, and noncropland. These duties require a large amount of time and travel. I have averaged over 20 extension meetings per year across the state during my career, answered an average of 3 phone calls per day, conducted yearly inservice training for county agents, installed yearly on-farm demonstrations,and made numerous on-farm visits. My goals are to provide technical support and timely information for my clients to help them succeed professionally and financially.

My research program includes responsibility for weed management and defoliation in cotton; orchard floor management in pecan, and management of cogongrass (an invasive species infesting almost one-half of the counties in Alabama). In support of these activities I conduct applied field research throughout the state on both AAES outlying units (cotton and pecans) and private lands (cogongrass). My goals are to devise systems for managing weeds in cotton and pecans that are effective and economical; and devising weed control strategies that will help landowners manage infestations of cogongrass in forests, highway rights-of-ways, and private lands.

Professional Experience:

1995-present Professor, Auburn University
1990-1995 Associate Professor, Auburn University
1985-1990 Assistant Professor, Auburn University

Honors & Awards:

  • Gamma Sigma Delta Ag Honor Society
  • A.L. Smith Award, Outstanding Ph.D. student award 1985
  • Excellence in Extension Award, 1993. Presented by the Alabama Pecan Growers Assn.

Professional Societies Membership:

  • Chairman, Ag Roundup Committee, 1995
  • Member, Traffic Appeals Committee 1988-1990
  • Chairman, Cotton Weed Science Conference, National Cotton Council, 1988
  • Southeast Regional Coordinator, Beltwide Cotton Defoliation Workgroup, 1992-2003

Last Updated: September 20, 2013

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