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Winter Annual Oilseeds: Virtual Field Day #1


May 26, 2020 11:57 AM

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Dr. Katherine Frels
Plant Breeder; Research Assistant Professor @UMN Forever Green Initiative
Dr. Katherine Frels is a Research Assistant Professor in the Department of Agronomy and Plant Genetics and the Forever Green Initiative. She leads the pennycress breeding program and has developed a pipeline to move research from the genomics team to the agronomic and commercialization teams to advance pennycress as fast as possible. Dr. Frels began her research career breeding hard winter wheat for nitrogen use efficiency and is passionate about applying that knowledge to the development of new cash cover crops for the Upper Midwest.
Dr. Russ Gesch
Research Plant Physiologist @USDA-ARS
Dr. Russ Gesch holds adjunct appointments in the Department of Agronomy and Plant Genetics at the University of Minnesota and Department of Plant Sciences at North Dakota State University. With over 30 years of research experience, his program focuses on the physiology and agronomy of new and alternative oilseed crops with the goal of increasing the efficiency and economic returns of cropping systems in the northern U.S. while diversifying agricultural systems and minimizing environmental impact. Dr. Gesch is a team member of the Forever Green Initiative who is currently developing best management practices for double- and relay-crop winter camelina and pennycress with traditional Midwest crops including corn and soybean to provide rural Americans with new economic opportunities while protecting the environment.
Frank Forcella
Adjunct Professor @UMN Agronomy and Plant Genetics
Frank Forcella holds an adjunct appointment as a professor in UMN’s Department of Agronomy and Plant Genetics. He retired from USDA-ARS in 2018 after 33 years as a Research Agronomist. His research specialty during that time was weed science, but his interests for the past 15 years also included alternative crops and the ecosystem services provided by such crops. Contributions of alternative crops to pollinator abundance and health, as well as their abilities to inhibit soil loss and significantly sequester soil nutrients have been the targets of his recent research projects.