Jason Bond, a native of Lake Village, Ark., has joined the staff of Mississippi State University's Delta Research and Extension Center in Stoneville. He will be conducting research on weed management in rice.

Bond, who had been working as a researcher at the LSU AgCenter's Rice Research Station in Crowley, La., began work with the Mississippi Agricultural and Forestry Experiment Station facility on May 1.

“Weed management is one of the critical factors for a rice producer's yield.

“Keeping the crop clean early in the season plays a key role in how much yield you are going to have at the end of the season,” said Bond, who graduated from Louisiana State University with a bachelor's degree and a master's degree.

He received his Ph.D. from the University of Arkansas.

Having a chance to return to the area where he grew up — Bond graduated from Washington School in Greenville, Miss., near Stoneville — is one of the main reasons he chose to work at the DREC.

“This is where I'm from,” said Bond.

“The location was ideal for our family, and I've worked close with guys like Tim Walker (soil scientist) and Nathan Buehring (Extension rice specialist), so I know what to expect.”

Bond is filling the position previously held by Mark Kurtz, a DREC weed scientist, who retired in February 2005.