The Office of the Vice President for Research and Innovation recognizes T. David Reed, an Extension agronomist with a joint appointment between the Southern Piedmont Agricultural Research and Extension Center and the crop and soil sciences department in the College of Agriculture and Life Sciences, for his integration of innovative needs-based research and extension programming.
Reed’s research topics include tobacco curing technology and efficiency, sucker control application methods, greenhouse transplant production, irrigation, and conservation tillage. He has been productive in developing new, innovative, and creative solutions that enhance grower profitability, improve production efficiency, and reduce the environmental footprint of tobacco production.
He has established one of the premier research tobacco curing facilities in the industry. This effort has enabled the investigation of new barn control systems; new curing protocols, alternative burner, heat exchanger, and fan technology; and innovative curing barn technology.
He developed new sucker control application methods and optimum application timing to provide a high level of sucker control while reducing chemical residues. The conveyor application method became the single standard sucker control application method in the entire flue-cured production area in the U.S. in just three years.
In another research project, Reed led an effort that developed a new hard plastic float tray that is recyclable, can be effectively sanitized, and will last for 20 years.
Reed received three degrees from Virginia Tech: his Ph.D. and M.S. in entomology and his B.S. in integrated pest management and agronomy.
Reed’s bio page on the Southern Piedmont Agricultural Research and Extension Center site