Robert G. Wilson

Robert G. Wilson
Panhandle Research & Extension Center

Robert G. Wilson

Emeritus Professor and Volunteer, Panhandle Research & Extension Center

B.S., Agronomy/Weed Science Option, University of Nebraska, 1970

M.S., Agronomy/Weed Science, University of Nebraska, 1971

PhD., Agronomy and Soils/Weed Science, Washington State University, 1975

Area of Focus

Weed Control

Research Interests

Develop sustainable weed control systems involving cultural practices, tillage, and herbicides for sugarbeet, dry bean, corn, alfalfa, chicory, selected horticulture crops, and rangeland. Examine the life cycles, seed germination, biology, carbohydrate physiology, and competitiveness of economically troublesome weeds found in western Nebraska.

Extension Interests

Explore the root yield and economic potential of chicory in western Nebraska. Work closely with businesses to build a processing industry and establish a new crop for Nebraska growers. Work closely with the sugarbeet production task force to demonstrate new technology that will allow growers to minimize production costs and maximize profits.

Major Project Activities

Major project emphasis has been to explore the changes in carbohydrate content in the roots of chicory, dandelion, and Canada thistle during winter. An understanding of how these important perennial plants respond to stress will enhance our ability to develop sustainable control strategies. Studies have also been initiated to explore the potential for weed population shifts and weed resistance to glyphosate. The advent of glyphosate tolerant corn, soybean, and sugarbeet allow the same herbicide to be repeatedly used in continuous and rotational cropping sequences


Publications

Refereed Journal Articles
  • Kniss, Andrew R., Sbatella, Gustavo M., and Wilson, Robert G. Volunteer Glyphosate- resistant corn Interference and Control in Glyphosate-resistant Sugarbeet. 2012. Weed Technology 26:348-355.
  • Prince, Joby M., Shaw, David R., Givens, Wade A., Owen, Micheal D.K., Weller, Stephen C., Young, Bryan G., Wilson, Robert G., and Jordan, David L. 2012. Benchmark Study: IV. Survey of Grower Practices for Managing Glyphosate-Resistant Weed Populations. Weed Technology 26:543-548.
  • Prince, Joby M., Shaw, David R., Givens, Wade A., Newman, Michael E., Owen, Micheal D.K., Weller, Stephen C., Young, Bryan G., Wilson, Robert G., and Jordan, David L. 2012. Benchmark Survey: III. Survey on Changing Herbicide Use Patterns in Glyphosate-Resistant Cropping Systems. Weed Technology 26:536-542.
  • Prince, Joby M., Shaw, David R., Givens, Wade A., Newman, Michael E., Owen, Micheal D.K., Weller, Stephen C., Young, Bryan G., Wilson, Robert G., and Jordan, David L. 2012. Benchmark Study: II. A 2010 Survey to Assess Grower Awareness Of and Attitudes Toward Glyphosate Resistance. Weed Technology 26:531-535.
  • Prince, Joby M., Shaw, David R., Givens, Wade A., Owen, Micheal D.K., Weller, Stephen C., Young, Bryan G., Wilson, Robert G., and Jordan, David L. 2012. Benchmark Study: I. Introduction, Weed Population, and Management Trends from the Benchmark Survey 2010. Weed Technology 26:525-530.
  • Wilson, Robert G. and Sbatella, Gustavo M. 2011. Late-Season Weed Control in Glyphostate-Resistant Sugarbeet. Weed Technology 25:350-355.
  • Weirich, Jason W., Shaw, David R., Coble, Keith H., Owen, Micheal D.K., Dixon, Philip M., Weller, Stephen C., Young, Bryan G., Wilson, Robert G., and Jordan, David L. 2011. Benchmark study on glyphosate-resistant cropping systems in the United States. Part 6: Timeliness of economic decision-making in implementing weed resistance management strategies. Pest Management Science 67:785-789.
  • Weirich, Jason W., Shaw, David R., Owen, Micheal D.K., Dixon, Philip M., Weller, Stephen C., Young, Bryan G., Wilson, Robert G., and Jordan, David L. 2011. Benchmark study on glyphosate-resistant cropping systems in the United States. Part 5: Effects of glyphosate-based weed management programs on farm-level profitability. Pest Management Science 67:781-784.
  • Wilson, Robert G., Young, Bryan G., Matthews, Joseph L., Weller, Stephen C., Johnson, William G., Jordan, David L., Owen, Micheal D.K., Dixon, Philip M., and Shaw, David R. 2011. Benchmark study on glyphosate-resistant cropping systems in the United States. Part 4: Weed management practices and effects on weed populations and soil seedbanks. Pest Management Science 67:771-780.
  • Givens, Wade A., Shaw, David R., Newman, Michael E., Weller, Stephen C., Young, Bryan G., Wilson, Robert G., Owen, Micheal D.K., and Jordan, David L. 2011. Benchmark study on glyphosate-resistant cropping systems in the United States. Part 3: Grower awareness, information sources, experiences and management practices regarding glyphosate-resistant weeds. Pest Management Science 67:758-770.
  • Owen, Micheal D.K., Young, Bryan G., Shaw, David R., Wilson, Robert G., Jordan, David L., Dixon, Philip M., and Weller, Stephen C. 2011. Benchmark study on glyphosate-resistant cropping systems in the United States. Part 2: Perspectives. Pest Management Science 67:747-757.
  • Shaw, David R., Owen, Micheal D.K., Dixon, Philip M., Weller, Stephen C., Young, Bryan G., Wilson, Robert G., and Jordan, David L. 2011. Benchmark study on glyphosate-resistant cropping systems in the United States. Part 1: Introduction to 2006- 2008. Pest Management Science 67:741-746.
  • Sbatella, Gustavo M., Wilson, Robert G., and Sleugh, Byron. 2011. Western Snowberry (Symphoricarpos occidentalis) Control with Aminopyralid and Metsulfuron. Weed Technology 25:616-619.
  • Sbatella, Gustavo M., Wilson, Robert G., Enloe, Stephen F., and Hicks, Charlie. 2011. Propoxycarbazone-Sodium and Imazapic Effects on Downy Brome (Bromus tectorum) and Newly Seeded Perennial Grasses. Invasive Plant Science and Management 4:78-86.
  • Sbatella, G.M. and R.G. Wilson. 2010. Isoxaflutole Shifts in Kochia (Kochia scoparia) Populations in Continuous Corn. Weed Technol. 24:391-396.
  • Johnson, W.G., M.D. Owen, G.R. Kruger, B.G. Young, D.R. Shaw, R.G. Wilson, J.W. Wilcut, D.L. Jordan, and S.C. Weller. 2009. U.S. Farmer Awareness of Glyphosate- Resistant Weeds and Resistance Management Strategies. Weed Technol. 23(2):308-312.
  • Narumalani, Sunil, Deepak R. Mishra, Robert Wilson, Patrick Reece, and Ann Kohler. 2009. Detecting and Mapping Four Invasive Species along the Floodplain of North Platte River, Nebraska. Weed Technol. 23(1):99-107.
  • Wilson, Robert G. and Paul A. Burgener. 2009. Evaluation of Glyphosate-Tolerant and Conventional Alfalfa Weed Control Systems during the First Year of Establishment. Weed Technol. 23(2):257-263.
  • Shaw, David R., Wade A. Givens, Luke A. Farno, Patrick D. Gerard, David Jordan, William G. Johnson, Stephen C. Weller, Bryan G. Young, Robert G. Wilson, and Michael D. K. Owen. 2009. Using a Grower Survey to Assess the Benefits and Challenges of Glyphosate-Resistant Cropping Systems for Weed Management in U.S. Corn, Cotton, and Soybean. Weed Technol. 23(1):134-149.
  • Kruger, Greg R., William G. Johnson, Stephen C. Weller, Micheal D. K. Owen, David R. Shaw, John W. Wilcut, David L. Jordan, Robert G. Wilson, Mark L. Bernards, and Bryan G. Young. 2009. U.S. Growers Views on Problematic Weeds and Changes in Weed Pressure in Glyphosate-Resistant Corn, Cotton, and Soybean Cropping Systems. Weed Technol. 23(1):162-166.
  • Givens, Wade A., David R. Shaw, William G. Johnson, Stephen C. Weller, Bryan G. Young, Robert G. Wilson, Micheal D. K. Owen, and David Jordan. 2009. A Grower Survey of Herbicide Use Patterns in Glyphosate-Resistant Cropping Systems. Weed Technol. 23(1):156-161.
  • Givens, Wade A., David R. Shaw, Greg R. Kruger, William G. Johnson, Stephen C. Weller, Bryan G. Young, Robert G. Wilson, Micheal D. K. Owen, and David Jordan. 2009. Survey of Tillage Trends Following the Adoption of Glyphosate-Resistant Crops. Weed Technol. 23(1):150-155.
  • Hoffman, Justin D., Sunil Narumalani, Deepak R. Mishra, Paul Merani, and Robert G. Wilson. 2008. Predicting Potential Occurrence and Spread of Invasive Plant Species along the North Platte River, Nebraska. Invasive Plant Science and Management. 1(4):359-367.
  • Westra, Philip, Robert G. Wilson, Stephen D. Miller, Phillip W. Stahlman, Gail W. Wicks, Phillip L. Chapman, John Withrow, David Legg, Craig Alford, and Todd A. Gaines. 2008. Weed Population dynamics after Six Years under Glyphosate- and Conventional Herbicide-based Weed control Strategies. Crop Science 48(3):1170-1177.
Research/Extension Circulars
  • Jhala, A., Klein, R., Knezevic, S., Kruger, G., Reicher, Z., Sandell, L., Young, S., Wilson Jr, R., Shea, P., Ogg, C.L. 2012. 2013 Guide for Weed Management in Nebraska with Insecticide and Fungicide Information. EC-130.
  • Bernards, M. L., Gaussoin, R. E., Klein, R. N., Knezevic, S. Z., Kruger, G. R., Lyon, D. J., Reicher, Z. J., Sandell, L. D., Young, S. L., Wilson, R. G., Shea, P. J., Ogg, C. L., Giesler, L. J., Jackson, T. A., Wegulo, S. N., Wright, R. J., Bradshaw, J. D., and Jarvi, K. J., and Rethwisch, M. 2011. 2011 Guide for Weed Management with Insecticide and Fungicide Information. EC-130.
  • Bernards, M.L., R.E. Gaussoin, R.N. Klein, S.Z. Knezevic, D.J. Lyon, L.D. Sandell, R.G. Wilson, P.J. Shea, C.L. Ogg, R.J. Wright, L.J. Giesler, T.A. Jackson, and S.N. Wegulo. 2010. 2010 Nebraska Guide for Weed Management (EC-130).
  • Bernards, M.L., R.E. Gaussoin, R.N. Klein, S.Z. Knezevic, D.J. Lyon, L.D. Sandell, R.G. Wilson, P.J. Shea, and C.L. Ogg. 2009. 2009 Guide for Weed Management in Nebraska. EC130. University of Nebraska-Lincoln Extension.
  • Wilson, R.G. and M.L. Bernards. 2009. Weeds of Nebraska - Russian Olive. EC 167. University of Nebraska-Lincoln Extension.
  • Bernards, M. L., R. E. Gaussoin, R. N. Klein, S. Z. Knezevic, D. J. Lyon, R. G. Wilson, and P. J. Shea. 2008. 2008 Guide for Weed Management in Nebraska. Lincoln (NE); University of Nebraska; EC130, 201pp. http://www.ianrpubs.unl.edu/sendIt/ec130.pdf Klein, R. N., D. J. Lyon, and R. G. Wilson. 2008. Downy Brome Control. Lincoln (NE); University of Nebraska; G422.
Other Creative Works
  • Wilson Jr, R. 2012. CAST Reports Threats to Soil Conservation Gains from Herbicide- Resistant Weeds. Western Society of Weed Science, Vol. 65. Reno, NV, March, 2012.
  • Unverzogt, J. C., A. R., Kniss, R. Rapp, R. Wilson Jr, S. D. Sharma. 2012. Dry Bean Response to Fluthiacet-methyl. Western Society of Weed Science, Vol. 65. Reno, NV, March, 2012.
  • Sbatella, G. M. and R. Wilson Jr. 2012. Effects on Established Perennial Grasses of DPX-MAT28 Combined with Selected Sulfonylurea Herbicides Applied in Spring. Western Society of Weed Science, Vol. 65. Reno, NV, March, 2012.
  • Kniss, A. R., P. W. Stahlman, P. W. Geir, R. WilsonJr, G. M. Sbatella, P. Westra, R. M. Cole and J. M. Tichota. 2012. Herbicide Options for Glyphosate-Resistant Kochia Control. Western Society of Weed Science, Vol. 65. Reno, NV, March, 2012.
  • Wilson Jr, R. and G. M. Sbatella. 2012 Influence of Different Levels of Corn Stover on Preemergence and Postemergence Herbicide Performance. Western Society of Weed Science, Vol. 65. Reno, NV, March, 2012.
  • Orloff, S. B., R. Wilson Jr, and D. H. Putnam. 2012. Weed Management in Alfalfa to Avoid Evolution of Glyphosate-Resistant Weeds: Grower Survey and Initial Field Results. Western Society of Weed Science, Vol. 65. Reno, NV, March, 2012.
  • Kruger, G., R. J. Crespo, R. Wilson Jr, D. J. Lee and M. L. Bernards. 2012. Response of Suspected Dicamba-Resistant and Susceptible Nebraska Kochia (Kochia scoparia) Populations to Dicamba Dose. The 53rd Annual Meeting of the Weed Science Society of America, Waikoloa, HI, February, 2012.
  • Sandell, L., M. L. Bernards, R. E. Gaussoin, R. Klein, S. Knezevic, G. Kruger, D. J. Lyon, Z. Reicher, S. Young, R. Wilson Jr, and C. L. Ogg. 2012. Dynamic Web-Based Platform for Display of Weed Management Information. The 53rd Annual Meeting of the Weed Science Society of America, Waikoloa, HI, February, 2012.
  • Crespo, R. J., G. Kruger, R. Wilson Jr, D. J. Lee and M. L. Bernards. 2012. Variability in Response of Palmer Amaranth (Amaranthus palmeri), Waterhemp (Amaranthus rudis) and Kochia (Kochia scoparia) Populations from Nebraska to a Single Dose of 2,4-D and Dicamba. The 53rd Annual Meeting of the Weed Science Society of America, Waikoloa, HI, February, 2012.
  • Lowell D. Sandell, Mark L. Bernards, Roch E. Gaussoin, Robert N. Klein, Stevan Z. Knezevic, Greg R. Kruger, Drew J. Lyon, Zac J. Reicher, Stephen L. Young, Robert G. Wilson, and Clyde L. Ogg. Dynamic Web-Based Platform for Display of Weed Management Information. NCWSS 2011 Annual Meetings. Milwaukee, WI. December 12-15, 2011.
  • Crespo, R. Javier, Mark L. Bernards, Greg R. Kruger, Robert G. Wilson, and Donald J. Lee. 2011. Response of Nebraska Kochia (Kochia scoparia) populations to dicamba. The 52nd Annual Meeting of the Weed Science Society of America. Portland, OR. February 7-10, 2011.
  • Wilson, Robert G., Sbatella, Gustavo M., and Kniss, Andrew R. 2011. Volunteer Glyphosate-resistant Corn Control and Interference in Glyphosate-resistant Sugarbeet. Journal of Sugar Beet Research 48 (1&2):58.
  • Wilson, Robert G., Weller, Stephen C., Shaw, David R., Owen, Micheal, D.K., Young, Bryan G., and Jordan, David L. 2011. Benchmark study: Impact of Glyphosate-resistant Crops on Weed Populations, Weed Management Tactics, and Farm Profitability - Can This Study Provide Insight into the Future of Glyphosate-resistant Sugarbeets? Journal of Sugar Beet Research 48 (1&2):58.
  • Wilson, Robert G. and Sbatella, Gustavo M. 2011. Influence of Different Brands of Glyphosate and Spray Adjuvants on Weed Control and Sugarbeet Performance. Journal of Sugar Beet Research 48 (1&2):68.
  • Unverzagt, Jared C., Kniss, Andrew R., Wilson, Robert G., Sbatella, Gustavo M., Claypool, David A., and Sivanpillai, Ramesh. 2011. Effect of Volunteer Corn Density on Glyphosate-resistant Sugarbeet Yield. Western Society of Weed Science, Vol. 64. Spokane, Washington.
  • Stahlman, Phillip W., Geier, Patrick W., Dille, Johanna A., Rider, Tyler W., Riffel, Jarrett D., Currie, Randall S., Westra, Philip, Wilson, Robert G., Sbatella, Gustavo M., Kniss, Andrew R., and Cole, Richard M. 2011. Seasonal Emergence of Kochia in the Central Great Plains. Western Society of Weed Science, Vol. 64. Spokane, Washington.
  • Sbatella, Gustavo M. and Wilson, Robert G. 2011. Canada Thistle (Cirsium arvense) Control and Native Grass Production a Year After Prescribed Burning. Western Society of Weed Science, Vol. 64. Spokane, Washington.
  • Lawrence, Nevin C., Kniss, Andrew R., Sbatella, Gustavo M., and Wilson, Robert G. 2011. Weed Community and Competitive Load Following 12 Years in a Glyphosate- Resistant Cropping System. Western Society of Weed Science, Vol. 64. Spokane, Washington.
  • Sbatella, Gustavo M., Wilson, Robert G., and Kniss, Andrew R. 2011. Can the Competitive Load Index be Useful in Seed Bank Analysis? Western Society of Weed Science, Vol. 64. Spokane, Washington.
  • Wilson, Robert G. 2011. Benchmark Study: Four Years Later Trends in Weed Spectrum, Population Density, and Grower Perceptions on Glyphosate Resistance. 2011. Western Society of Weed Science, Vol. 64. Spokane, Washington.
  • Kniss, Andrew R., Stahlman, Phillip W., Geier, Patrick W., Wilson, Robert G., Sbatella, Gustavo M., Westra, Philip, Moechnig, Michael J., Cole, Richard M., and Tichota, Jeffrey M. 2011. Herbicide Options for Control of Glyphosate Resistant Kochia. Western Society of Weed Science Vol. 64. Spokane, Washington.
  • Sleugh, Byron B., Halstvedt, Mary, Peterson, Vanelle F., Wilson, Robert G., Sbatella, Gustavo M., Nissen, Scott, and Mealor, Brian. 2011. Aminopyralid + Triclopyr Control of Russian-olive and Saltcedar: Maintaining Grass Understory. 2011. Western Society of Weed Science, Vol. 64. Spokane, Washington.
  • Stahlman, P.W., P.A. Geier, L.D. Charvat, M.J. Moechnig, P. Westra and R.G. Wilson. 2010. Regional Summary of Millet Tolerance to Preemergence Salflufenacil. Proceedings of the Western Society of Weed Science, vol. 63. Waikoloa, HI.
  • Sleugh, B., M. Holstvedt, C. Cummings, V. Peterson and R.G. Wilson. 2010. Saltcedar and Russian Olive Control with Aminopyralid Containing Herbicide Treatments. Proceedings of the Western Society of Weed Science, vol. 63. Waikoloa, HI.
  • Wilson, R.G., G.M. Sbatella, S.C. Weller, B.G. Young, D.L. Jordan, M.D.K. Owen, P. Dixon and D.R. Shaw. 2010. Benchmark Study: Impact of Glyphosate-Resistant Crops on Seedbank and Weed Population Density. Proceedings of the Western Society of Weed Science, vol. 63. Waikoloa, HI.
  • Sbatella, G.M. and R.G. Wilson. 2010. Influence of Prescribed Fire on Canada Thistle Control and Native Grass and Forbs Production. Proceedings of the Western Society of Weed Science, vol. 63. Waikoloa, HI.
  • Wilson, R.G. and G.M. Sbatella. 2010. Kochia's Ability to Rapidly Adapt to Different Selection Pressures Makes the Plant a Long-term Survivor. Proceedings of the Western Society of Weed Science, vol. 63. Waikoloa, HI.
  • Wilson, R.G., G.M. Sbatella, and A.R. Kniss. 2009. Influence and Control of Volunteer Corn in Sugarbeet. Proceedings of the North Central Weed Science Society, vol. 64. Kansas City, MO, December 7-10, 2009.
  • Wilson, R.G., S.C. Weller, B.H. Young, D.L. Jordan, M.D.K. Owen, P. Dixon and D.R. Shaw. 2009. Benchmark Study - Seedbank Emergence Patterns in Best Management Practices Fields Versus Grower Practices. Proceedings of the North Central Weed Science Society, vol. 64. Kansas City, MO, December 7-10, 2009.
  • Hoefing, J.L., B.M. Jenks, G.P. Willoughby, R.K. Zollinger, J.L. Pee and R.G. Wilson. 2009. Effect of Adjuvant Spray Volume and Rate on Dry Bean Desiccation with Saflufenacil. Proceedings of the North Central Weed Science Society, vol. 64. Kansas City, MO, December 7-10, 2009.
  • Wilson, R.G. 2009. Strategies for Controlling Glyphosate-Tolerant Weeds in Glyphosate- Tolerant Sugarbeets. Journal of Sugar Beet Research. 46(1&2):57.
  • Wilson, R.G. 2009. When and What Herbicides to Apply for Layby Weed Control in Sugarbeets. Journal of Sugar Beet Research. 46(1&2):66-67.
  • Howlett, L. and R.G. Wilson. 2009. Weed Control in Dry Beans with Flumioxazin. p. 20- 21. In 2009 Proceeding of the Western Society of Weed Science. Vol. 62. Albuquerque, NM, March 10-12, 2009.
  • Nielsen, P. and R.G. Wilson. 2009. Cut Stump Herbicide Applications on Russian Olive. p. 26-27. In 2009 Proceeding of the Western Society of Weed Science. Vol. 62. Albuquerque, NM, March 10-12, 2009.
  • Sbatella, G.M., R.G. Wilson, S.E. Enloe, and C. Hicks. 2009. Timing of Propoxycarbazone-sodium Applications on Injury to Newly Seeded Perennial Grasses. In 2009 Proceeding of the Western Society of Weed Science. Vol. 62. Albuquerque, NM, March 10-12, 2009.
  • Sbatella, G.M. and R.G. Wilson. 2009. Impact of Isoxaflutole on Kochia Populations in Continuous Corn. In 2009 Proceeding of the Western Society of Weed Science. Vol. 62. Albuquerque, NM, March 10-12, 2009.
  • Sleugh, B.B., R.G. Wilson, and M. Holstvedt. 2009. Aminopyralid + Triclopyr for Control of Saltcedar and Russian Olive. In 2009 Proceeding of the Western Society of Weed Science. Vol. 62. Albuquerque, NM, March 10-12, 2009.
  • Sleugh, B.B., M. Holstvedt, R. Lym, R.G. Wilson, and M. Meochning. 2009. Using Aminopyralid to Widen the Fall Application Window on Canada Thistle. In 2009 Proceeding of the Western Society of Weed Science. Vol. 62. Albuquerque, NM, March 10-12, 2009.
  • Wilson, R.G. and G.M. Sbatella. 2009. Experiences with Isoxaflutole for Weed Control in Corn Planted in Low Organic Matter High pH Soils. In 2009 Proceeding of the Western Society of Weed Science. Vol. 62. Albuquerque, NM, March 10-12, 2009.