Jim Swart

Extension Agent-Integrated Pest Management, Collin and Hunt Counties

Education:

BS – Michigan State University, 1972 – Entomology

MS – Michigan State University, 1973 – Integrated Pest Management

Experience:

1973-1974 Plant Industry Inspector, Michigan Department of Agriculture.

1974-1975 Assistant Field Manager, Ore-Ida Foods.

1975-1977 Technical Services Representative, Stauffer Chemical Company

1978-1983 Extension Field Crops Agent, Cooperative Extension Service, Michigan State University

1983- Present Extension Agent – IPM, Texas AgriLife Extension, Hunt, Collin, Rockwall, Fannnin, Grayson, Hopkins, Kaufman and Lamar Counties

Meetings and Publications:

Numerous county, state and local presentations

84 Southwest Farm Press Articles

Numerous IPM Newsletters

IPM Annual Reports

Teaching

Undergraduate Agronomy and Integrated Pest Management Courses since 1992

Advised 4 Undergraduate Honors Students

Advised 7 Master’s Students

Collaborative work:

Texas Boll Weevil Eradication Foundation, Cereal Crops Research Inc., Texas A&M Commerce, Texas AgriLife Research, USDA-ARS, Texas Wheat Producers Board, Texas Department of Agriculture.

Scholarly Presentations:

14 local, state and national presentations

Recent IPM Emphasis and Accomplishments:

Jim Swart serves the agricultural community in Collin, Fannin, Grayson, Hopkins, Hunt, Kaufman, Lamar and Rockwall Counties. The 8-year l average wheat plantings in this region is over 204,000 acres per year. Farmers realize over $22 million per year from the wheat crop. Farmers in these counties also grow an average of 93,425 acres of corn (10-yr. ave.) with average annual returns of over $20.6 million.

Swart collaborated with faculty at Texas A&M Commerce, Texas AgriLife Research and Cereal Crops Research Inc. to conduct research on wheat, corn and cotton. Research has provided critical information on weed, insect and disease management, fertility, cultivar selection, harvest aids, and other production and management technology. Wheat yields have increased 50% since the IPM program was initiated. Swart has worked with many students, assisting them with their agricultural educations.

A 2010 survey indicated 100 percent of the 18 producers surveyed indicated that they had adopted IPM practices. They said the IPM program increased their net profit by an average of $20.30 per acre.

Scholarly Publications:

Schuster, G.L., J.S. Swart, D.J. Reid and R. Dubes. 1991. Foliar disease control on winter wheat in the Northern Texas Blacklands: Fungiside Efficacy. Texas J. Agric. Nat. Res. 5:1-6.

Schuster, G.L., J.S. Swart, D.J. Reid and R. Dubes. 1991. Foliar disease control on winter wheat in the Northern Texas Blacklands: Fungiside Timing. Texas J. Agric. Nat. Res. 5:7-12.

Awards

1985 Texas Pest Management Association Outstanding IPM Agent

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