Yelverton named 2021 Crop Science Fellow

By Jennifer Howard

NC State Crop and Soil Sciences Extension Specialist and professor of turfgrass weed science Fred Yelverton was named as a 2021 Crop Science Society of America Fellow. The awards are presented to Society members in recognition of outstanding contributions to crop science through education, service and research.

The CSSA website noted, “Fellow is the highest recognition bestowed by the Crop Science Society of America. Members of the Society nominate worthy colleagues based on their professional achievements and meritorious service. Less than 0.3 percent of the Society’s active and emeritus members may be elected Fellow.”

Lambert McCarty, Clemson professor of horticulture in turfgrass science, nominated Yelverton for the award. “Dr. Yelverton is the world’s leading turfgrass weed scientist. He never seeks attention or personal recognition but because of his incredible professional knowledge, conducting numerous training opportunities, willingness to help the industry with agronomic problems, and service to the Society, he deserves this highest professional recognition,” McCarty said. 

Yelverton is a lifelong member of the Wolfpack. He received his B.S. in Wildlife Biology and M.S. and Ph.D. in Weed Science at North Carolina State University.

He teaches both undergraduate and graduate courses in turfgrass, co-authored “Color Atlas of Turfgrass Weeds ”A Guide to Weed Identification and Control Strategies”, and writes extensively in professional journals and for NC State’s TurfFiles Extension website.

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