The LSU AgCenter has appointed David O. Moseley assistant professor and state soybean specialist.
Moseley has responsibilities for coordinating extension soybean activities, including oversite of official variety trials and off-station variety core block demonstrations across the state.
“Optimizing production practices and addressing problems faced by producers and the Louisiana industry are my objectives,” Moseley said.
With experience working with both industry and the public, Moseley said he looks forward to assisting soybean producers and supporting the industry by conducting research and sharing both new research results and existing research-based information.
“Choosing the best genetics is one of the most important steps to success for producers,” he said.
Moseley said his major projects will involve working with other AgCenter researchers and agents to facilitate on-station research and on-farm variety performance trials, and collaborate with experts in disease, pest and weed management.
“I plan to pull all of our resources together to assist the producer,” he said.
Moseley earned his doctorate from the University of Arkansas in crop, soil and environmental sciences, focusing on soybean breeding and genetics. He received his master’s degree in agricultural, food and life sciences from the University of Arkansas after completing his bachelor’s degree from Texas A&M University.
Before joining the AgCenter, Moseley was a production research scientist with Monsanto/Bayer in Nebraska.
While completing his master’s degree, Moseley worked with the University of Arkansas Extension Service in Logan County as an extension agent with agriculture and 4-H youth development responsibilities. He said it was then that a light bulb went off and he had that “aha moment.”
“I liked the public aspect and the learning and sharing, so ever since working in extension, my goal has been to become a specialist,” he said. “When I moved into soybean breeding, that is when I fully realized how much I enjoyed the work.”
A native of Texas, Moseley and his family enjoy outdoor recreational and sports, church and youth activities. He and his wife, Leah, and four children, Lillie, Ian, Elsie and Sullivan, will make their home in Alexandria where they look forward to participating in 4-H.
Moseley can be contacted at firstname.lastname@example.org or 318-427-2663. His office is at the AgCenter Dean Lee Research and Extension Center in Alexandria.