NDSU Hettinger Research Extension Center Welcomes New Weed Scientist


Scientist, Caleb Dalley has joined the North Dakota State University Hettinger Research Extension Center as a research weed scientist for western North Dakota.


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“Dalley’s focus at the Hettinger REC will be to build a new research program
evaluating herbicide efficacy, weed control in crops and rangelands, and cultural weed control practices,” says Chris Schauer, Hettinger Research Extension Center director.  “A secondary emphasis will be placed on collaboration with NDSU scientists on the impacts of tillage and dryland crop sequencing on weed populations.”
Dalley is originally from the Snake River Valley of Idaho, he earned his Bachelor of Science and Masters of Science degrees in plant science from Utah State University, and received his Doctorate in crop and soil sciences from Michigan State University, where he focused his studies on weed control in glyphosate-resistant corn and soybeans.
Prior to coming to NDSU, Dalley spent 10 years as an agronomist at the U.S.
Department of Agriculture’s, Agricultural Research Service Sugarcane Research
Unit in Houma, La.  There his research focused on evaluating weed management in
sugar cane.

“I am excited to be here, this is a great place to raise kids and I look forward to working with everyone here. I am anxious to start talking to local growers, said Dalley.

Schauer, asks us all to welcome Dalley, his wife Mindy, who is a nurse and their five children, ages six, eight, ten, eleven and 14 years-old to the Hettinger community and NDSU family.

Dalley’s interests include gardening, anything outdoors and mainly spending time with his wife and kids.

This new position is possible because the State Board of Agricultural Research and Education, which former chairman, Rodney Howe, was a supporter of its creation.  Also because of the strength of the oil industry, the state has been blessed with state funding, said Schauer. “The state legislature has been good to agriculture,” he said.   It was a long process to get the new program funded, as the Research Extension Center has been requesting to create and fill this position for the last 10 years and they are grateful for all of the support it took to get this position funded.