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Michael Jones

Extension Cotton Specialist
Professor of Agronomy
Agronomic Crops Program Team, Agricultural and Environmental Science Department, Plant and Environmental Sciences Department, PeeDee Research and Education Center

Office: Pee Dee Research and Education
Phone: 843-519-0477
Fax: 843-661-5676



Educational Background

Ph.D. Crop Science
North Carolina State University 1994

M.S. Soil Science
North Carolina State University 1991

B.S. Agronomy
North Carolina State University 1989

Research Interests

Research responsibilities include establishing a strong applied research program focusing on agronomic management issues in cotton production. The overall objectives are to develop sustainable, profitable cotton production practices on major soil types of South Carolina, to develop cropping systems to maximize yields and lint quality while reducing tillage and/or other production costs, to integrate new and existing technology into these cropping systems, and to develop crop production recommendations from research data. Research efforts and grant proposals concentrated in the areas of early-season plant management, cotton fertility, variety selection, irrigation, new technology evaluation, plant growth regulators and/or harvest-aid chemical evaluations.

Extension and Outreach

Extension responsibilities include coordinating and/or conducting state-wide educational programs related to cotton production in South Carolina in liaison with other faculty, cotton producers, and county staff. Cotton educational efforts emphasize sustainable and profitable cotton production practices for South Carolina cotton producers. Areas of emphasis include appropriate variety selection, optimizing planting operations, good fertility and irrigation practices, sound pest control management, and efficient use of plant growth regulators and harvest-aid chemicals. Educational efforts concentrate on encouraging cotton producers to improve their overall production skills by incorporating practices that maximize yields and lint quality, while also reducing their production costs and maintaining environmental quality.


Billings, G. T., Jones, M. A., Rustgi, S., Hulse-Kemp, A. M., Campbell, B. T. 2021. Population structure and genetic diversity of the Pee Dee cotton breeding program. G3:Genes/Genomes/Genetics.

Holladay, S. K., Bridges, W. C., Jones, M. A., Campbell, B. T. 2021. Yield performance and fiber quality of Pima cotton grown in the southeast United States. Crop Sci.

St. Aime, R., Rhodes, G., Jones, M. A., Campbell, T., Narayanan, S. 2021. Evaluation of root traits and water use efficiency of different cotton genotypes in the presence or absence of a soil-hardpan. The Crop Journal.

Campbell, B. T., Hinze, L., Thompson, A., Jones, M. A., Jones, D. 2021. (accepted and in press). Registration of PD 20170048, PD 20170049, PD 20170050, PD 20170053, and PD 20170054 germplasm lines of cotton. J. of Plant Registrations

Plumblee, M. T., Kirk, K., Jones, M. A., Crouch, A., Davis, C., Croft, J. 2020. Precision Agriculture: Cotton Picker Yield Monitor Calibration. Land-Grant Press (1057).

Khalilian, A., Jones, M.A., Bauer, P.J. and Marshall, M.W. 2017. Comparison of five tillage systems in coastal plain soils for cotton production. Open Journal of Soil Sci., 7, 245-258

Sweeney, J. and M. A. Jones. 2015. Glufosinate Tolerance of Multiple Widestrike and Liberty-Link Cotton (Gossypium Hirsutum L.) Varieties. Crop Sci. 55:403-410.

Campbell, B.T., M.A. Jones, J.K. Greene, and D.C. Jones. 2015. Registration of PD 05064, PD 05069, PD 05070, and PD 05071 Germplasm Lines of Cotton. J. of Plant Registrations. August 21, 2015. pp. 358-362.

Campbell, B.T., M.A. Jones, J.K. Greene, and D.C. Jones. 2015. Registration of PD 06001 and PD 06078 Germplasm Lines of Cotton. J. of Plant Registrations. August 21, 2015. pp. 363-366.

Campbell, B.T., M.A. Jones, J.K. Greene, and D.C. Jones. 2014. Registration of PD 05035 and PD 05041 Germplasm Lines of Cotton. J. of Plant Registrations. December 19, 2014. pp. 99-102.

Main, C., T. Barber, R. Bowman, K. Chapman, D. Dodds, S. Duncan, K. Edmisten, P. Horn, M. A. Jones, G. Morgan, R. Norton, S. Osborne, J. Whitaker, R. Nichols, and K. Brunson. 2013. Effects of Nitrogen and Planting Seed Size on Cotton Growth, Development, and Yield. Agron. J. Vol. 105(6): pp. 1853-1859.

Busscher, W.J., A. Khalilian, and M. A. Jones. 2012. Tillage Management for Cotton in Southeastern Coastal Soils during Dry Years. J. Comm. in Soil Sci. and Plant Anal. Vol. 43(19): pp. 2564-2574.

Wallace, R.D., L.M. Sosnoskie, A.S. Culpepper, A.C. York, K.L. Edmisten, M.G. Patterson, M. A. Jones, H.L. Crooks, G.L. Cloud, and J. Pierson. 2011. Tolerance of Gyltol and Glytol+Liberty Link Cotton to Glyphosate and Glufosinate in the Southeastern U.S. J. of Cotton Sci. Vol. 15: pp. 80:88.

Dodds, D. M., C.L. Main, J.C. Banks, L.T. Barber, R.K. Boman, S.M.Brown, K.L. Edmisten, J.C. Faircloth, M. A. Jones, R.G. Lemon, C.D.Monks, E.R. Norton, A.M. Stewart, and R.L. Nichols. 2010. Beltwide-Evaluation of Commercially Available Plant Growth Regulators. J. of Cotton Sci. Vol. 14: pp. 119-130.

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