Tenn. – Tyson Raper has joined the University of Tennessee Institute of
Agriculture as an assistant professor of cotton and small grain
production. In this role, Raper will lead the university’s education and
research efforts involving cotton, wheat and other small grain crops. He
will also work closely with producers and agricultural industry groups to
promote practices for improved crop profitability and sustainability.
will be based at the West Tennessee AgResearch and Education Center in Jackson,
but he will serve a statewide clientele through a joint research and extension
appointment in the Department of Plant Sciences. As Cotton and Small
Grains Specialist, Raper will oversee the UT Variety Trial sites, implement
research programs, coordinate educational events and develop training materials
and other publications.
graduated from Auburn University with a B.S. in Agricultural Business and
Economics. He completed his M.S. in Agronomy at Mississippi State
University, and received his Ph.D. at the University of Arkansas. Most of
Raper’s graduate research focused on the remote detection of nitrogen and
potassium fertility and site-drought characterization/irrigation scheduling
using canopy temperature and soil moisture measurements.
excited to begin serving the producers, consultants and agents of Tennessee
alongside the great faculty and staff located at the West Tennessee AgResearch
and Education Center,” says Raper. “In my opinion, we are on the brink of
big changes in crop production systems. I’m looking forward to helping
the state’s producers navigate and adapt during these exciting times.”
hails from Alabama. As a child, his father worked as an agricultural
engineer with USDA-ARS in Auburn. Raper recalls attending many field days
in his youth as well as making frequent trips to his father’s research
plots. He credits these experiences for his desire to pursue a career in
agricultural research and extension.
contact Raper at 731-425-4707 or by email at firstname.lastname@example.org.
The UT Institute
of Agriculture provides instruction, research and public service through the UT
College of Agricultural Sciences and Natural Resources, the UT College of
Veterinary Medicine, UT AgResearch, including its system of 10 research and
education centers, and UT Extension offices in every county in the state.
Dr. Tyson Raper,
UT Cotton and Small Grains Specialist, 731-425-4707, email@example.com