JAMES W. SMITH, head of the Stoneville, Miss.-based Delta Research and Extension Center, announced that Charles E. Snipes has accepted the position of assistant head of the Mississippi State University research station.

As assistant head, Snipes assumes the duties of Harold Hurst, longtime weed scientist at the station, who retired June 30. Snipes' new assignment will include the position of coordinator of field crops research.

“As research coordinator for DREC, he will work closely with Extension Program and Plannings Groups for cotton and soybeans to help develop a consistent and coordinated statewide plan in Extension and research,” said Smith.

He said Snipes will continue to serve as plant physiologist and Northwest District cotton specialist at the DREC, a position he has held since 1998.

Snipes received his B.S. degree in agricultural science and M.S. degree in agronomy and soils from Auburn University and completed his Ph. D. in weed science at Mississippi State University in 1986.

Later that year, he joined the Delta Branch Experiment Station as an assistant plant physiologist and directed research in rice/cotton rotations and cotton weed control, defoliation and plant growth regulators.

His current research program focuses on chemical and cultural practices for optimum cotton production, with special emphasis on weed control systems for effective, economical control of problem weeds and also on the safe, effective use of harvest aids in cotton.