2010 WSSA (Denver, CO) Part 2

-E. Taylor

Monday started out with the joint plenary session. There are ~2100 people attending the conference. A little less than 300 of those are affiliated with the WSSA the rest are with the SRM. One of our speakers at the Plenary was photographer John Fielder. He shared with us photographs he took and experiences he gained while creating his latest book “Ranches of Colorado“.

In  the afternoon I presented my poster “Weed Control Timing Using a Rotary Hoe in Soybean and Dry Edible Bean”. During the time that I was standing next to my poster I had the chance to interact with several people. The first person I met was Becky Koepke-Hill from the University of Tennesee Extension in Knoxville. She is at the conference to present a new pocket guide “Invasive Weeds of the Appalachian Region.” This is great little guide with several photos and suggestions for control. Though I am not located in the Appalachian Region I found several invasive species that I have seen around Michigan, like Japanese knotweed, garlic mustard, and thistles. Another person I met was Michele Raffaelli from the University of Pisa in Italy. He was interested in my poster because they conduct a lot of mechanical weed control research in Europe. He also shared with me that I could find more information about what has been done on the European Weed Research Society Physical and Cultural Weed Control Working Group web site.

After the poster session was done I made my way to the end of the Technology and Communications Skills for the 21st Century symposium. It was a working symposium, so participants needed to bring a laptop and could also bring things like digital cameras, voice recorders, etc. to see how all of this technology can be used to further our field of research and extension. I learned about a new social networking site geared specifically for scientists called Eperniucus. Members of the site can ask questions of others with regards to methods, equipment, statistics, etc. The possibilities seem endless.

I ended the day by  attending the WSSA Awards Ceremony. At the ceremony MSU’s Wesley Everman was awarded one of the Reviewer Awards for his work with the journal Weed Technology. MSU student Laura Bast was awarded one of the Graduate Student Awards for the essay she submitted. Graduate student awardees receive a travel grant for them to attend the meeting. After the ceremony BASF held a reception.

One Response to “2010 WSSA (Denver, CO) Part 2”

  1. koepkeb says:

    Hi, Just found this post and wanted to thank you for the shout-out. It was great meeting you!


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