Welcome to the web page for David Jordan in the Department of Crop and Soil Sciences at North Carolina State University. My primary role is to develop and extend information to Cooperative Extension agents in North Carolina with peanut responsibilities in their county. This involves working closely with colleagues both on campus at North Carolina State University and with the North Carolina Peanut Growers Association, private consultants, industry representatives, farmers and others. My subject matter areas are agronomy and weed science but I also work with Drs. Rick Brandenburg and Barbara Shew (Department of Entomology and Plant Pathology) on management issues that cross pest disciplines and with Dr. Gary Roberson (Department of Biological and Agricultural Engineering) on harvest efficiency and use of remote sensing to manage peanut. For many years I worked with Dr. Tom Isleib, the peanut breeder in our department, on issues associated with variety development and plan to do the same with Dr. Jeffrey Dunne, the new peanut breeder at North Carolina State University. I also have cooperators across the United States and in other countries with similar responsibilities and interests.
This project supports research efforts in CALS in weed science with crops other than peanut, most notably cotton. Rotations of peanut and cotton are common in the North Carolina coastal plain and management strategies to optimize yield of both crops overlap and impact one another. Throughout my career I have conducted research associated with weed science in corn, cotton, peanut, rice, soybean and wheat. I work with Drs. Katie Jennings and David Monks (Department of Horticulture Science) on weed science projects in sweet potato and other vegetable crops. My training at MS and PhD levels in weed science and my early professional positions (Post-doctoral Associate at the University of Georgia and faculty member at Louisiana State University) established a keen interest in this discipline across crops and research topics. My efforts in weed science outside of peanuts at North Carolina State University are in a supportive role and do not compete for commodity board or agricultural industry resources or visibility of other project leaders and their programs.
My interest also extends to other countries and regions of the world. Dr. Rick Brandenburg and I have worked for many years in Africa with colleagues in positions similar to ours to develop more effective and sustainable pest management strategies for peanut (referred to as groundnut around the world) and to improve food safety through aflatoxin mitigation. These interactions have been exciting and have brought great meaning to my role as a professor at North Carolina State University.
My involvement in academic programs at North Carolina State University is through undergraduate teaching and mentoring graduate students. I have been fortunate to work closely with many students that are inquisitive and have a strong work ethic and desire meaningful careers in agriculture and related fields. I have also worked with others in CALS and other institutions on higher education projects in Africa.
For more information on this project please take a look at my CV, list of book chapters and peer-reviewed articles, and personnel involved in the project. My project strives to include collaboration among many individuals, disciplines, and institutions with a common goal of improving the quality of life of people we serve through improvements in agriculture, education and the practice of science. Feel free to contact me at any time about our work, information on peanut production and pest management, weed science in general, our international programs and the possibility of linking with us to better serve others.