New AgriLife Extension state turf specialist hired

Writer: Kay Ledbetter, 806-677-5608, skledbetter@ag.tamu.edu
Contact: Dr. Casey Reynolds, casey_reynolds@icloud.com 
Dr. Travis Miller, 979-845-4808, td-miller@tamu.edu

COLLEGE STATION – Dr. Casey Reynolds has been named the new Texas A&M AgriLife Extension Service state turf specialist and will begin July 1, according to Dr. Travis Miller, Texas A&M University soil and crop sciences associate department head in College Station.

Dr. Casey Reynolds has been named the new Texas A&M AgriLife Extension Service state turf specialist. (Courtesy photo)

Dr. Casey Reynolds has been named the new Texas A&M AgriLife Extension Service state turf specialist. (Courtesy photo)

Reynolds will be headquartered in College Station in the department of soil and crop sciences.

“We are very pleased to have Dr. Reynolds join our team,” Miller said. “Turfgrass is a commodity that most Texans enjoy, whether in their home lawn or on a football field, and the technology being developed at Texas A&M will help improve quality while reducing all inputs, particularly the amount of water being used in the landscape.

“Dr. Reynolds will work with groups ranging from homeowners to sod farmers to bring relevant information to enhance turfgrass, its maintenance and production.”

Reynolds is coming to Texas after 10 years as a turfgrass research and Extension associate with North Carolina State University, where he performed field, greenhouse and lab research, as well as presented numerous Extension seminars.

“I have a passion for education, both inside and outside the classroom, particularly with regard to interacting with the public and disseminating valuable information to end users,” Reynolds said.

“This passion, combined with my previous research and Extension experience, allows me to be very optimistic that I will be able to immediately contribute to the Extension program at Texas A&M in a meaningful way.”

Reynolds earned his bachelor’s, master’s and doctorate degrees from North Carolina State University, with concentrations in crop science and business management.

In the past, his research responsibilities included planting, plot management, data collection, data analysis and report preparation for turfgrass breeding and selection, as well as management and data collection on approximately 4.7 acres of research trials.

“I have been fortunate enough that my work experience allowed me to relate to and have an impact on different sectors of the turfgrass industry, including lawn care operators, sod producers, athletic field managers and golf course superintendents,” Reynolds said.

“I enjoy working with professionals from each of these sectors, as well as homeowners and weekend warriors interested in learning more about turfgrasses and their proper management,” he said. “I’m very excited about the opportunity to begin working in Texas.”

 

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