Agronomic Services Team

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.

Steve Nichols

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.

Monty Malone

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.

Charlie Faggard

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.

Scott Asher

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 agricultural industry.

Kenny Melton

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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agronomic services team map Marshall Beatty Leslie Lloyd Nick Weidenbenner Richard Minzenmayer Tim Culpepper Heath Reeves Debbie Brown Jenny Cahoon Kyle Fontenot Steve Lee Lucas Owen Andy White  

Marshall Beatty

Marshall Beatty

Beatty grew up in northwest Indiana and received his Bachelor of Science and Master of Science in agronomy from Purdue University. Beatty has worked in seeds and crop protection in a variety of positions throughout his 20-year career in agriculture, including research, seed production, marketing and precision farming. He has worked for DuPont Pioneer, Iowa Soybean Association, Syngenta, Monsanto and United Agri Products. Beatty joined Crop Science in 2014.

Leslie Lloyd

Leslie Lloyd

Lloyd grew up on a cattle and grain farm in northwest Tennessee. He studied plant pathology at Mississippi State University and completed his Master of Science in agronomy/weed science at the University of Illinois. For the past 30 years, Lloyd has worked in both crop protection and seed in a variety of positions including field research, product development, contracting specialty canola, soybeans and sunflowers and agronomy in more than 15 states. He joined Crop Science in April 2015.

Nick Weidenbenner

Nick Weidenbenner

Weidenbenner grew up in central Ohio and enrolled at The Ohio State University to study plant pathology. In 2010, he began a master’s program at the University of Minnesota. He investigated the genetic and agronomic sources of yield gain over time in soybean production. Weidenbenner was under the guidance of Dr. Seth Naeve and earned his master’s in soybean physiology in 2012.

Richard Minzenmayer

Richard Minzenmayer

Minzenmayer grew up in Midland, TX, and received his Bachelor of Science in entomology from Texas Tech University and his master’s degree from Angelo State University. He worked as an extension agent IPM with Texas A&M AgriLife Extension Service for 30 years. Minzenmayer has worked extensively in cotton, wheat and grain sorghum production.

Tim Culpepper

Tim Culpepper

Culpepper grew up in Lubbock, TX, on his family’s farm. He studied agricultural economics and crop science, earning a master’s from Texas Tech University. He most recently spent several years as a Field Testing Manager for the Bayer breeding group and brings more than 20 years of experience in the cotton industry to the Agronomic Services team.

Heath Reeves

Heath Reeves

Reeves grew up on a small family farm near Cotton Center, TX. He attended Texas Tech University and earned a Bachelor of Science degree in agronomy and a master’s in crop physiology. Reeves has been with Crop Science since 2012.

Debbie Brown

Debbie Brown

Brown studied at Georgia Southern University and Clemson University, earning a Master of Science in biology and a Ph.D. in entomology. She has 18 years of experience in agriculture.

Jenny Cahoon

Jenny Cahoon

Cahoon earned a Bachelor of Science in agriculture extension education in 2008 from North Carolina State University and immediately began work on a master’s in crop science under the advisement of Drs. Loren Fisher, David Jordan and Keith Edmisten. For the next two years, she researched the effects of simulated drift of dicamba, glufosinate and 2,4-D on cotton, peanut, soybean and tobacco. Cahoon worked for the State of North Carolina as a regional agronomist in the tidewater region before joining the Agronomic Services team.

Kyle Fontenot

Kyle Fontenot

Fontenot grew up working on his family’s farm in southern Louisiana, raising cattle and growing soybeans, sorghum and sweet potatoes. He studied agronomy and entomology at Louisiana State University, earning Bachelor of Science and Master of Science degrees. Before joining the Agronomic Services team, Fontenot worked as a crop scout.

Steve Lee

Steve Lee

Lee studied agronomy at the University of Arkansas, earning a master’s before working as a field research and product development representative. He has interacted with some of the most recognized researchers in the area, addressing such issues as resistant weed management in cotton and soybean production. Lee has 25 years of experience in the industry.

Lucas Owen

Lucas Owen

Owen grew up in a small town in West Tennessee and completed his Bachelor of Science degree in agriculture at the University of Tennessee at Martin. After graduation in 2007, Owen received his master’s in weed science from the University of Tennessee at Knoxville and then enrolled at Mississippi State University to pursue a degree in entomology. At MSU, Lucas investigated the impacts of defoliating insects in soybeans during the various stages of development and also worked as a Research Associate II for Dr. Angus Catchot. He graduated from Mississippi State University with a Ph.D. in 2012.

Andy White

Andy White

White has been in the agriculture industry since 1989. He earned a Bachelor of Science degree in biology from Millsaps College in Jackson, MS, in 1989 and obtained his master’s in entomology in 1991 and his Ph.D. in 1995 from Louisiana State University. He was an R&D representative for American Cyanamid for five years and joined Stoneville Pedigreed Seed Company as an agronomist in 2000. White has worked on the Crop Science Agronomic Services team for eight years.

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