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MSU Extension names Koger new soybean specialist

Mississippi State University’s Extension Service has named Trey Koger as the state specialist to assist Mississippi’s soybean growers.

Koger most recently served at MSU’s Delta Research and Extension Center in Stoneville, Miss., where he operated cotton research program focusing on weed control, herbicide resistance, agronomic systems, and growth regulator and defoliation practices for Mississippi cotton production systems.

His new job responsibilities will include coordinating educational programs for soybeans and other oilseed crops.

Koger will be responsible for providing statewide program leadership that supports and strengthens the work of other specialists, scientists, county agents and producers, said Michael Collins, department head of plant and soil sciences.

He will work closely with industry representatives to promote technology transfer and the adoption of best management practices.

“Koger is ideally qualified to develop educational programs, to prepare training publications and to conduct in-service training for Extension personnel,” Collins said. “He will design and conduct field demonstrations and provide additional leadership to commodity groups and other agencies involved in soybeans and other oilseed crops.”

Koger also assumes responsibility for the S.M.A.R.T. (Soybean Management by Application of Research and Technology) program.

Koger will maintain offices at the Delta Research and Extension Center in Stoneville and on campus in Starkville. He can be contacted in Stoneville at (662) 686-3238 or in Starkville at (662) 325-8616, or by e-mail at

Koger received his doctorate in weed science from MSU in 2001 and his master’s degree in weed science from Oklahoma State University in 1998. Koger also holds a bachelor’s degree in agronomy and range science from OSU.

Koger received the Outstanding Young Weed Scientist award at the Southern Weed Science Society meeting in 2007. He joined the DREC in December 2006 after working for the U.S. Department of Agriculture-Agricultural Research Service in Stoneville for five years. At USDA-ARS, Koger researched soybean agronomy and herbicide resistance in weeds.

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