K-State scientist earns early career award for fighting weeds
Vipan Kumar, an assistant professor of weed science at the Kansas State University Agricultural Research Center in Hays, received one of the top awards for young professionals during a joint meeting of the Weed Science Society of America and Western Society of Weed Science. Each year, the group selects one scientist who has earned the doctoral degree within the previous 10 years. As its name suggests, the award recognizes outstanding achievements in weed science early in the individual’s career, which includes innovative approaches that result in learning, the ability to clearly communicate ideas, excellence in research accomplishments, and more. Kumar, a native of northwestern India, began work at the Agricultural Research Center in 2017. His research includes several weed-related issues but focuses on herbicide-resistant Palmer amaranth and kochia – aggressive weeds that steal water and nutrients in Kansas cropping systems. Click here to more about his research.