Dr. Wells’ graduate education was in Crop Physiology. Dr. Wells spent six years as a Cotton Physiologist with the USDA Agricultural Research Service prior to coming to NC State in 1987. Research interests presently include three crops, cotton, soybean, and peanut in such areas as photosynthesis, light relationships of plant canopies, heat tolerance, plant spatial relationships in different row widths /plant populations, and physiological problems associated with Roundup Ready trait in cotton.
Dr. Wells teaches CS 714 – Crop Physiology: Plant Response to Environment, a graduate level course delving into the physiology of crop plants and their interaction with the environment. Dr Wells also teaches CS 411 – Crop Ecology.
He serves as major advisor to graduate students and serves on a number of graduate advisory committees.
- Crop yield and estimated financial return from subsurface drip irrigation for corn, cotton, and peanut over the life of the system, CROP FORAGE & TURFGRASS MANAGEMENT (2022)
- Peanut response to a commercial blend of nitrogen, phosphorus, potassium, and fulvic acid, CROP FORAGE & TURFGRASS MANAGEMENT (2022)
- Impacts of lower-leaf removal timing, number, and nitrogen application to flue-cured tobacco, CROP FORAGE & TURFGRASS MANAGEMENT (2020)
- Lower-Leaf Removal and Nitrogen Application Programs for Flue-Cured Tobacco Production, AGRONOMY JOURNAL (2019)
- Alternative Ridging Practices for Flue-Cured Tobacco Production in North Carolina, Crop, Forage & Turfgrass Management (2017)
- The effects of mepiquat chloride applied to cotton at early bloom and physiological cutout, Journal of Cotton Science (2017)
- Heat Unit Accumulation and Days to Anthesis Relationship in Tobacco Genotypes with an Introgressed QTL Affecting Leaf Number, CROP SCIENCE (2016)
- Influence of nitrogen and mepiquat chloride on cotton canopy reflectance measurements, Journal of Cotton Science (2016)
- The use of obsolete and modern cultivars to examine advances in yield and dry matter partitioning, Journal of Cotton Science (2016)
- Defoliant effects on cover crop germination, cover crop growth, and subsequent cotton (Gossypium hirsutum) development, Journal of Cotton Science (2015)