Our state, Our Forages, Our Future
Dr. Rocky Lemus
Associate Extension/Research Professor
Extension Forage Specialist
Mississippi State University Extension Service
Dr. Lemus’ extension and research programs focus on nutrient management of bioenergy crops, establishment and management of forage cultivars, alfalfa competition with warm-season perennial grasses, winter annual grasses, forage quality, nitrogen use efficiency in forage system, legume compatibility systems, weed control of invasive species in pastures and management strategies for year-round grazing. He has co-authored 11 refereed journal articles, 1 book translation,1 book chapter, 52 abstracts, 28 extension publications, 58 monthly newsletters, over 50 radio programs, and numerous interviews and popular magazine articles. He has received several awards including the 2012 Early-Career Award in Technology Transfer (American Society of Agronomy-Southern Branch), the 2011 Wesley Farmer Outstanding Specialist (Mississippi Association of County Agricultural Agents) and the 2011 Gamma Sigma Delta Extension Award of Merit (Mississippi Chapter). He serves as a peer reviewer for multiple scientific journals including Agronomy, Crop Science, Soil Science, Forage and Grazinglands, and Bioenergy Research among others. In the last 5 years, Dr. Lemus has been able to successfully secure over $550,000 in research grants. Lemus also provides academic advising to 4 graduate students and serves in graduate, university, regional and national committees.