Connor grew up on a small cattle ranch in North Central Montana and earned a B.S. in plant sciences from Montana State University in 2017. He is now working toward an M.S. in weed sciences under Dr. Bill Johnson. Connor’s projects focus on the long-term effects that incorporating synthetic auxin herbicides may have on corn-soy rotations that use synthetic auxin-resistant soybeans. This trial was initiated in 2013 by a former student and Connor started to manage this trial in the fall of 2017. The trial evaluates the effects of integrating sites of action at different levels and the impact on weed communities, both in the field and in the soil seedbank over the course of several years. Connor also conducts a trial that evaluates cover crop termination strategy, termination time, and the effects they have on weed suppression and soybean yield. This trial hopes to evaluate the potential of cover crops to be utilized in buffer areas required by synthetic-auxin herbicide labels. Connor plans to graduate in December 2019 and return to the Northwest, with the eventual goal of becoming a field agronomist in the state of Montana.
Expected graduation: December 2019.