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Terry Neil Spurlock

Terry Neil Spurlock

Assistant Professor

Director Experiment Station

(COEX)-Cooperative Extension Service

Phone: 479-575-2445

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My laboratory focuses on the management of diseases of row crops to aid producers in the region in proper disease identification and decision making to maximize production with only necessary inputs. I have a 75% extension and 25% research appointment in the Division of Agriculture and I am adjunct faculty at the University of Arkansas-Monticello where my laboratory is housed on campus. I have extension responsibilities for diseases of corn, grain sorghum, soybean, cotton and wheat.

Using spatial analysis, my primary research interest lies in deconstructing all abiotic and biotic stresses within a given agriculture system to determine the factors associated with yield loss and economic impact of both soil-borne and foliar diseases using the latest remote sensing technologies as well as traditional laboratory assays.  My laboratory is involved in evaluation of fungicides and nematicides for products labelled in Arkansas as well as those in various stages of development from industry partners.  My laboratory is also responsible for cultivar performance screening for stem canker, sudden death syndrome, Cercospora leaf blight, and Taproot decline.  

 teach Applied Plant Pathology each fall semester for the University of Arkansas-Monticello and will (team) teach Diseases of Economic Crops for UA-Fayetteville beginning summer 2019.

Ph.D. Plant Science, University of Arkansas, August 2013

M.S. Plant Pathology, University of Arkansas, 2009

B.S. Agronomy, Texas A&M University, 1999

A.A.S. Horticulture, Tyler Junior College, 1997

Peer-reviewed journal publications

Cochran, K., Tolbert, A. C., Spurlock, T. N. First report of Rhizoctonia solani AG4 causing stem necrosis in sesame in Southwest Texas.  2018. Plant Dis. (in press).

Sharma, S., Zaccaron, A., Ridenour, J., Allen, T., Conner, K., Doyle, V., Price, T., Sikora, E., Raghuwinder, S., Spurlock, T., Tomaso-Peterson, M., Wilkerson, T., Bluhm, B. Draft genome sequence of Xylaria sp., the causal agent of taproot decline of soybean in the Southern United States.  2018. Data Brief. Apr; 17: 129–133.

Tolbert, A. C., Spurlock, T. N., First report of Phomopsis longicolla causing stem necrosis on soybean in Arkansas. 2017. Plant Dis. 101:2147.

Allen, T., Bluhm, B., Conner, K., Doyle, V., Price, T., Sikora, E., Singh, R., Spurlock, T., Tomaso-Peterson, M., Wilkerson, T. First Report of Taproot Decline, a Previously Undescribed Soybean Disease, in the Southern United States.  2017. Plant Health Progress. 18:35-40

Allen, T., Bradley, C., Sisson, A………….Spurlock, T. Soybean Yield Loss Estimates Due to Diseases in the United States and Ontario, Canada from 2010 to 2014. 2017. Plant Health Progress. 18:19-27.

Spurlock, T. N., Rothrock, C. S., Monfort, W. S., Griffin, T. W. The Distribution and Colonization of Soybean by Rhizoctonia solani AG11 in Fields Rotated with Rice.  2016. Soil Biology & Biochemistry 94:29-36.

Spurlock, T. N., Rothrock, C. S., Monfort, W. S. Evaluation of Methods to Quantify Populations of Rhizoctonia in Soil.  2015. Plant Dis. 99:836-841

Greer, A. M., Spurlock, T. N., Coker, C. M., First Report of Neocosmospora Stem Rot of Soybean caused by Neocosmospora vasinfecta in Arkansas. 2015. Plant Dis. 99:554

Faske, T. R., and Spurlock, T. N., First report of aerial blight of peanut caused by Rhizoctonia solani AG1-IA in Arkansas.  2013. Plant Dis. 97:1658

Other peer-reviewed publications

Spurlock, T. N., Small Unmanned Aircraft Use Policy for the University of Arkansas System Division of Agriculture.  2017. PMGS 17-04.

Spurlock, T. N. Proceedings of the 43rd Annual Southern Soybean Disease Workers.  2016.

Spurlock, T. N., Tolbert, A. C. , Boney, B. A., Frogeye Leaf Spot Trial Summaries 2014-2016. Arkansas Soybean Research Series. 2017.

Spurlock, T. N., Tolbert, A. C. Foliar fungicide efficacy at multiple timings on frogeye leaf spot in MG IV and V soybean.  Arkansas Soybean Research Series. 2016.

Spurlock, T. N., Tolbert, A. C., Boney, B., Kelley, J. Yield impact of fungicide application on grain sorghum at three Arkansas locations, 2016.  2017. PDMR 11:FC043.            

Spurlock, T. N., Tolbert, A. C., Boney, B. Effects of frogeye leaf spot using foliar fungicides when combined with a foliar phosphorus and potassium supplement, 2016. 2017. PDMR. 11:FC042

Spurlock, T. N., Tolbert, A. C., Boney, B. Effects of frogeye leaf spot using foliar fungicides when combined with a foliar phosphorus and potassium supplement at 3 gallons per acre, 2016. 2017. PDMR. 11:FC041.

Spurlock, T. N., Tolbert, A. C., Boney, B. Foliar fungicide efficacy on frogeye leaf spot in maturity group III soybeans, 2016. 2017. PDMR. 11:FC058.

Spurlock, T. N., Tolbert, A. C. Foliar fungicide efficacy on frogeye leaf spot in MG IV soybeans, 2016. 2017. PDMR. 11:FC059.

Spurlock, T. N., Tolbert, A. C. Foliar fungicide efficacy on frogeye leaf spot in MG V soybeans, 2016. 2017. PDMR. 11:FC060.

Seiter, N. J., Spurlock, T. N., Stewart, B. W., Tolbert, A. C. Effects of automatic fungicide-insecticide application on grain sorghum yield, 2015. 2016. PDMR. 10:CF007.

Spurlock, T. N., Tolbert, A. C. Foliar fungicide efficacy on frogeye leaf spot in MG IV soybeans, 2015. 2016. PDMR. 10:FC127.

Spurlock, T. N., Tolbert, A. C. Foliar fungicide efficacy on frogeye leaf spot in MG V soybeans, 2015. 2016. PDMR. 10:FC129.

Spurlock, T. N., Tolbert, A. C. Effects of fungicide application on corn yield when applied at physiological maturity, 2015. 2016. PDMR. 10:FC126.

Spurlock, T. N., Tolbert, A. C., Greer, A. M. Foliar fungicide efficacy on frogeye leaf spot when applied at specific growth stages in MG IV soybeans, 2015.  2016. PDMR. 10:FC128.

Spurlock, T. N., Tolbert, A. C., Greer, A. M. Foliar fungicide efficacy on frogeye leaf spot when applied at specific growth stages in MG V soybeans, 2015.  2016. PDMR. 10:FC130.

Spurlock, T. N., Tolbert, A. C., Greer, A. M. Foliar fungicide efficacy at 5 timings on frogeye leaf spot in MG IV soybeans. 2015. PDMR. 9:FC044.

Spurlock, T. N., Tolbert, A. C., Greer, A. M. Foliar fungicide efficacy at 5 timings on frogeye leaf spot in MG V soybeans. 2015. PDMR. 9:FC048.

Spurlock, T. N., Tolbert, A. C., Greer, A. M. Foliar fungicide efficacy on frogeye leaf spot in MG IV soybeans. 2015. PDMR. 9:FC045.    

Spurlock, T. N., Tolbert, A. C., Greer, A. M. Foliar fungicide efficacy on frogeye leaf spot in group MG V soybeans. 2015. PDMR. 9:FC046.

Spurlock, T. N., Tolbert, A. C., Greer, A. M. Comparison of select foliar fungicides on Frogeye Leaf Spot. 2015. PDMR. 9:FC047.

Spurlock, T. N., Tolbert, A. C., Sandine, J. Control of frogeye leaf spot on soybean with foliar fungicides at 3 and 10 gallons per acre. 2015. PDMR. 9:FC017.

Spurlock, T. N., Tolbert, A. C., Greer, A. M. Foliar fungicide efficacy on Septoria tritici blotch of wheat. 2015. PDMR. 9:CF020.

Spurlock, T. N., Tolbert, A. C., Greer, A. M. Foliar fungicide efficacy on sheath blight of rice. 2015. PDMR. 9:FC008.

Richardson, M. D., J. H. McCalla, D. E. Karcher, and T. N. Spurlock. 2012. Fungicidal control of large patch on 'Cavalier' zoysiagrass in Arkansas, 2010 to 2011. PDMR. 6:T040.

Richardson, M. D., J. H. McCalla, D. E. Karcher, and T. N. Spurlock. 2012. Fungicidal control of large patch on 'El Toro' zoysiagrass in Arkansas, 2010 to 2011. PDMR. 6:T041.

Extension publications and literature

Spurlock, T.  Soybean rust confirmed in Southeast Arkansas.  13 September 2017. Arkansas Row Crops Blog. http://arkansascrops.com

Kirkpatrick, T. Spurlock, T., Patton, A.  Bateman, R., Moseley, D.  MP481 Controlling Nematodes on Golf Courses.  2017.

Faske, T., Kirkpatrick, T., Smith, S., Spurlock, T., Wamishe, Y. MP154 Arkansas Plant Disease Control Products Guide. 2017. 

Spurlock, T., Faske, T., Kirkpatrick, T., Kelley, J., Bluhm, B. MP297 Grain Sorghum Production Handbook. 2016 (in review).

Kelley, J., Mason, E., Miller, R., Moon, D., Spurlock, T.  Arkansas Wheat Update.  September 2016.

Spurlock, T.  Foliar disease and scab update and 2016 fungicide efficacy table for wheat.  13 April 2016. Arkansas Row Crops Blog. http://arkansascrops.com

Faske, T., Kirkpatrick, T., Smith, S., Spurlock, T., Wamishe, Y. MP154 Arkansas Plant Disease Control Products Guide. 2016. 

Kelley, J. Studebaker, G., Scott, B. Spurlock, T. Arkansas Wheat Update. 9 October 2015.  Arkansas Row Crops Blog. http://arkansascrops.com

Spurlock, T.  Rupe, J.  Charcoal rot to blame for yield loss in many soybean fields. 14 September 2015. Arkansas Row Crops Blog. http://arkansascrops.com

Spurlock, T. Sudden death syndrome of soybean found. 15 July 2015. Arkansas Row Crops Blog. http://arkansascrops.com

Spurlock, T., Faske, T., Kelley, J. Disease update for corn, grain sorghum, and soybeans.  1 July 2015.  Arkansas Row Crops Blog. http://arkansascrops.com

Spurlock, T.  Update on scab management for Arkansas wheat.  23 April 2015. Arkansas Row Crops Blog. http://arkansascrops.com

Faske, T., Kirkpatrick, T., Smith, S., Spurlock, T., Wamishe, Y. MP154 Arkansas Plant Disease Control Products Guide 2015 

Milus, G., Faske, T., Spurlock, T., Kirkpatrick, T., Kelley, J. MP 404 Wheat Production and Management. Important Wheat Diseases in Arkansas and Their Management. 2015.

Faske, T., Spurlock T. Common foliar diseases of soybean and corn that are not managed with a fungicide.  July 3, 2014. Arkansas Row Crops Blog. http://arkansascrops.com

Book chapters

Rothrock, C. S., and Spurlock, T. N. 2016. Cultural Management of Plant Diseases. In: Plant Pathology Concepts and Laboratory Exercises, Third Edition. Bonnie H. Ownley, Robert N. Trigiano, eds. CRC Press.

Spurlock, T. N., Rupe, J. C., Aerial blight. The Compendium of Soybean Diseases and Pests, Fifth Edition.  2015. APS Press.

Articles

Spurlock, T. N., Using spatial data layers to understand soybean diseases.  2016. Crop & Soils. 49:12-15.

Spurlock, T., Leonard, E. Spatial data to understand multiple diseases. 2017. Precision Ag News: a publication of the Society of

Associate Professor and Extension Plant Pathologist, University of Arkansas System Division of Agriculture, 2018-present

Assistant Professor and Extension Plant Pathologist, University of Arkansas System Division of Agriculture, 2013-2018

Graduate Student/Research Assistant, Department of Plant Pathology, University of Arkansas, 2007-2013

Golf Course Superintendent, Maumelle Country Club, Maumelle, AR, 2003-2006

Assistant Golf Course Superintendent, River Crest Country Club, Fort Worth, TX, 2000-2003

Extension Excellence Award for Early Career faculty, 2016.

2015 Extension Education Community Educational Materials Awards Program.  ASA, CSSA, SSSA Annual Meeting 205.  Minneapolis, MN. Kelley, J. Ross, J., Hardke, J., Lawson, K., Grimes, C., Seiter, N., Wamishe, Y., Spurlock, T., Stark, B., Faske, T., Lorenz, G., Studebaker, G., Mazzanti, R., Flanders, A. Stiles, S., Kirkpatrick, T. Arkansas Row Crops Blog. http://arkansascrops.com

Arkansas Crop Protection Association Board of Directors, 2018.

Arkansas Crop Protection Association Board of Directors, 2017.

Arkansas Crop Protection Association Board of Directors, 2016.

President, Southern Soybean Disease Workers, 2016-2017.

Vice President, Southern Soybean Disease Workers, 2015-2016.

Arkansas Crop Protection Association Board of Directors, 2015.