My extension program is focused on field crops across the state, primarily cotton, corn, sorghum, soybeans, and wheat. My goal in extension is to bring relevant, timely and scientifically based information and solutions to North Carolina’s field crop producers. My current focus is generating support and curricula for county agent training and increasing non-Bt refuge compliance. My program’s broad research objectives include the improvement and expansion of integrated pest management practices and knowledge for insect pests of corn, small grains, soybean, and cotton. I wish to characterize important biological and ecological factors of arthropod pests and associated organisms in these crops. My major focal organisms are Helicoverpa zea and stink bugs, which are pests that have been influenced from the widespread adoption of Bt field crops across the state. My lab’s position in the eastern portion of the state is exclusive in the department and provides graduate students a unique learning experience.
Reisig Lab Webpage (great resource for potential students wanting to learn more about our program)
Corn Portal (where I blog with Corn Entomology information)
Cotton Portal (where I blog with Cotton Entomology information)
Soybean Portal (where I blog with Soybean Entomology information)
Small Grains Portal (where I blog with Wheat Entomology information)
Research (30%) – Small grains, soybeans, corn, and cotton
Our lab’s research program centers around Bt, which has changed the field crop landscape for insects. Caterpillars from the genus Helicoverpa are major pests worldwide, partially managed with Bt in some crops and insecticides in others. The lab is focused on the ecology of this insect. Furthermore, piercing sucking insect pests, such as thrips and stink bugs have emerged as major pests worldwide and especially in North Carolina. Insecticide sprays have been reduced in Bt crops, releasing these insects that are unaffected by the Bt toxins. We focus on these pests, as well as a new invasive piercing sucking insect pest of soybeans, Megacopta cribraria.
Extension (70%)- Small grains, soybeans, corn, and cotton
Field crops are vital to North Carolina’s economy and are grown throughout the state. They represent a significant part of land dedicated to agriculture in the state. Consequently, management decisions for these crops have wide-ranging systemic effects on the state. Increasing urbanization and recent changes in agronomic practices within and among crops have affected which insects are pests and how these pests are managed. My goal in extension is to bring relevant, timely and scientifically based information and solutions to North Carolina’s field crop producers. I strive to harmonize producer concerns with environmental impacts and the general public’s needs, with the overarching goal of enhancing the profitability and efficiency of field crop production in the state.
BA, Biology, Spanish Minor, Point Loma Nazarene University (2002)
MS, Integrated Pest Management, University of California, Davis (2005)
Ph.D, Entomology, University of California, Davis (2009)