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UT's Tyson Raper is Cotton Researcher of the Year

Raper received award at the National Conservation Systems Cotton and Rice Conference

Ginger Rowsey

February 27, 2020

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Tyson Raper is Cotton Researcher of the YearBrad Robb

Agriculture industry leaders have bestowed the title of Cotton Researcher of the Year to the University of Tennessee Institute of Agriculture’s Tyson Raper. The award was presented on January 31 at the National Conservation Systems Cotton and Rice Conference in Memphis, Tennessee.

Raper is an assistant professor with the UT Department of Plant Sciences. He also serves as the UT Extension Cotton Specialist for the state. Raper is based at the West Tennessee AgResearch and Education Center in Jackson.

According to a conference press release, while Raper has a 75 percent Extension appointment, his research program has made significant contributions to cotton profitability in Tennessee and across the Mid-South. The award committee noted Raper’s work with high-residue cover crops, nutrient rate optimization and his current work evaluating DD60’s—the formula for calculating crop heat units—for modern cotton varieties.

The National Conservation Systems Cotton and Rice Conference, now in its 23rd year, brings together farmers and crop consultants from across the nation to learn about reducing costs and increasing yields in cotton, rice, soybeans and corn.

About the Author(s)

Ginger Rowsey

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Ginger Rowsey joined Farm Press in 2020, bringing more than a decade of experience in agricultural communications. Her previous experiences include working in marketing and communications with the University of Tennessee Institute of Agriculture. She also worked as a local television news anchor with the ABC affiliate in Jackson, Tennessee.

Rowsey grew up on a small beef cattle farm in Lebanon, Tennessee. She holds a degree in Communications from Middle Tennessee State University and an MBA from the University of Tennessee at Martin. She now resides in West Tennessee with her husband and two daughters.

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