Meet your Credenz® support team. Our dedicated researchers, scientists and variety specialists work together to deliver innovative solutions and seed recommendations. They collaborate with consultants, university Extension specialists and others to capture, evaluate and summarize variety information, and make recommendations on best growing practices throughout the year.
Nichols grew up in Leland, MS, in the heart of the Mississippi Delta,
which gave him a lifelong appreciation for production agriculture.
He began work at an early age with a cotton and soybean farming
operation and his interest and deep appreciation for agriculture
intensified. He graduated with honors from Mississippi State
University in 1983 with a Master of Science in agronomy.
Upon graduation, Nichols went to work with a private soil testing
and crop consulting business and later accepted a position with
Mississippi State University at the Delta Research & Extension
Center in Stoneville, MS. In addition to his work responsibilities,
he returned to Mississippi State University and earned a Ph.D.
degree in agronomy while serving as a cotton agronomist.
In 2006, Nichols moved to Crop Science and has led the
development and expansion of the Agronomic Services team
that currently supports the cotton and soybean seed businesses
encompassing the Stoneville®, FiberMax® and Credenz® seed
brands. He works from the Seeds Innovation Center in Lubbock, TX. Steve Nichols.
Malone grew up in northwest Louisiana around
production agriculture in the Red River Valley area. He earned a
Bachelor of Science in agricultural business from Southern Arkansas
University and a Master of Science in agronomy from the University of
Arkansas. He provides agronomic support to the Credenz® portfolio
across the U.S., as well as fulfilling his germplasm development role
testing elite soybean varieties in preparation for commercial release.
Prior to this, Malone was a regional agronomist with Crop Science
supporting the Seed Division in the North Delta. He has 22 years of
experience in the soybean seed industry.
Faggard earned his Bachelor of Science in agronomy with a
concentration in agricultural pest management from Mississippi
State University and a Master of Science degree in crop science
from Texas Tech University. He previously worked in research and
development for Crop Science at the Cotton and Soybean
Breeding and Trait Development station in Pikeville, NC. Prior
to that, Faggard worked in trait introgression with Stoneville in
Memphis, TN, for three years.
Asher grew up on his family farm in the Texas Panhandle,
growing corn, cotton, grain sorghum and wheat. He earned
a Bachelor of Science degree in agronomy from Texas A&M
University and a Master of Science degree in crop science from
Texas Tech University. Scott has 18 years of experience in the
Melton grew up on a family farm in Plainview, TX, growing cotton,
corn, sorghum, wheat, soybeans and sunflowers. He earned a
Bachelor of Science and Master of Science in entomology from
Texas A&M University and worked as an agricultural consultant for
12 years before returning to school for a Ph.D. in agronomy. Since
then, he has worked with Stoneville for 11 years and the Crop Science Agronomic Services team for seven.
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