Dr. Reberg-Horton works with organic field crops, particularly corn, soybeans and wheat. Organic wholesale buyers in this state are purchasing an estimated 1 million bushels of these crops, primarily from other states. North Carolina was the leading producer of organic eggs in 2005 and the industry continues to grow. An increasing number of farmers are trying to enter this new market and are working with NC State researchers and county agents to identify the production challenges in our region.
Dr. Reberg-Horton was raised in Fairview, a small mountain community in western North Carolina. He received his B.S. at UNC in Environmental Science. For his M.S., Dr. Reberg-Horton went to the University of California at Davis where he worked on crop modeling in the Department of Agronomy. After working with Cooperative Extension in California and North Carolina, Dr. Reberg-Horton returned to graduate school at NC State where he worked with Nancy Creamer on his PhD. His thesis project examined the potential for breeding cereal rye to be more allelopathic to enhance the weed control obtained from this popular cover crop. This project would not have been possible without the support of crop science faculty, including Paul Murphy, David Danehower and Noah Ranells. After graduation, he took a position with the University of Maine as Assistant Professor of Sustainable Agriculture. He worked with organic dairy farmers on grain and forage production.
Currently Dr. Reberg-Horton researches weed management in organic soybeans, reducing tillage in organic systems, and collaborating with plant breeders on developing better cultivars for organic farmers. He is the SARE professional development coordinator for NC State and is Assistant Director of Collaborative Research at the Center for Environmental Farming Systems.
- Cover crop residue moisture content controls diurnal variations in surface residue decomposition, AGRICULTURAL AND FOREST METEOROLOGY (2021)
- Differences among eighteen winter pea genotypes for forage and cover crop use in the southeastern United States, CROP SCIENCE (2021)
- Effects of moisture and temperature on C and N mineralization from surface-applied cover crop residues, BIOLOGY AND FERTILITY OF SOILS (2021)
- Understanding the market for cover crop seeds in the United States: Background and potential policy directions, JOURNAL OF SOIL AND WATER CONSERVATION (2021)
- Windows of action for controlling palmer amaranth (Amaranthus palmeri) using emergence and phenology models, WEED RESEARCH (2021)
- Critical timing of Palmer amaranth (Amaranthus palmeri) removal in sweetpotato, WEED TECHNOLOGY (2020)
- Drought Stress Detection Using Low-Cost Computer Vision Systems and Machine Learning Techniques, IT PROFESSIONAL (2020)
- Identifying interest, risks, and impressions of organic peanut production: A survey of conventional farmers in the Virginia-Carolina region, CROP FORAGE & TURFGRASS MANAGEMENT (2020)
- Integrating emergence and phenology models to determine windows of action for weed control: A case study using Senna obtusifolia, FIELD CROPS RESEARCH (2020)
- Pod Dehiscence in Hairy Vetch (Vicia villosa Roth), FRONTIERS IN PLANT SCIENCE (2020)