Greg Roth, a Penn State agronomist, stands in a rye field trial in Rock Springs, Pa. On the left is Brasetto, a hybrid rye. On the right is Danko, a high-yielding traditional variety.

UNIVERSITY PARK, Pa. — Greg Roth, a professor of agronomy in Penn State’s College of Agricultural Sciences, became associate head of the college’s Department of Plant Science on Oct. 1.

In announcing the appointment, Rick Roush, dean of the college, said Roth will work with department head Erin Connolly to keep the department — which employs more than 100 faculty members, and research, Extension and support staff — running smoothly.

Roth will oversee the Extension functions of the department, including all forms of applied research, instruction and outreach.

Between earning bachelor’s and doctoral degrees in agronomy from Penn State, Roth received a master’s degree from Virginia Tech.

After joining the College of Agricultural Sciences as a research associate in 1987, he became assistant professor of agronomy in 1989 and full professor in 2002.

Roth’s research and Extension program focuses on grain crops, corn, corn silage, soybeans, winter wheat and winter barley.

He has also developed and commercialized technology for the interseeding of cover crops in corn and soybeans.

Source: Penn State Ag Sciences News.