Drew Lyon

Endowed Chair Small Grains Extension and Research, Weed Science

169 Johnson Hall
PO Box 646420
Pullman, WA 99164-6420 USA
Phone 509-335-2961
FAX 509-335-8674


Curriculum vitae (pdf)

Ph.D.,  Agronomy/Weed Science, University of Nebraska-Lincoln. August 1988
Dissertation: A search for metribuzin tolerance in fieldbeans (Phaseolus vulgaris).

M.S., Agronomy/Weed Science, University of Nebraska-Lincoln. December 1985
Thesis: Response of fieldbeans (Phaseolus vulgaris) to reduced rates of 2,4-D and dicamba.

B.S., Agronomy/Crop Protection, University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign. August 1980

My Extension and Research Program focuses on integrated weed management in dryland small grain production in eastern Washington. I will focus on the troublesome weeds in each of the three rainfall zones of eastern Washington, i.e., low, medium, and high. This will include the winter annual grass weeds such as downy brome (Bromus tectorum), jointed goatgrass (Aegilops cylindrica), feral rye (Secale cereale), Italian ryegrass (Lolium multiflorum), and rattail fescue (Vulpia myuros); as well as some of the troublesome warm-season broadleaf weeds in small grains and/or fallow such as mayweed chamomile (Anthemis cotula), Russian-thistle (Salsola tragus), kochia (Kochia scoparia), prickly lettuce (Lactuca serriola), and smooth scouringrush (Equisetum laevigatum). The use of herbicides in conjunction with cultural practices such as crop rotation, plant population, row spacing, and fertility will be investigated as will the use tillage, when necessary. Herbicide-resistant weeds are a major concern in the region and integrated weed management strategies must be devised to deal with existing herbicide resistance issues and slow the development of new herbicide-resistant biotypes. As part of my Extension appointment, I provide leadership for the WSU Extension Dryland Cropping Systems Team. One of our major projects has been the development of the Wheat and Small Grains Website, where growers and consultants can find all the information and decision tools that WSU Extension has related to wheat and small grains production and marketing.

Associates in Research
Mark Thorne
Henry Wetzel

Recent Publications
Nielsen, D.C., D.J. Lyon, and J.J. Miceli-Garcia. 2017. Replacing fallow with forage triticale in a dryland wheat-corn-fallow rotation may increase profitability. Field Crops Res. 203:227-237.

Hansen, N.C., B.L. Allen, S. Anapalli, R.E. Blackshaw, D.J. Lyon, and S. Machado. 2017. Dryland agriculture in North America. In: Farooq, M. and Siddique K.H.M.  (eds). Innovations in dryland agriculture. Cham, Springer, pp. 415-441.

Calderon, F.J., D. Nielsen, V. Acosta-Martinez, M. Vigil, and D. Lyon. 2016. Cover crop and irrigation effects on soil microbial communities and enzymes in semiarid agroecosystems of the Central Great Plains of North America. Pedosphere: 26:192-205.

Hurisso, T.T., U. Norton, J.B. Norton, J. Odhiambo, S. J. Del Grosso, G.W. Hergert, and D.J. Lyon. 2016. Dryland soil greenhouse gases and yield-scaled emissions in no-till and organic winter wheat-fallow systems. Soil Sci. Soc. Am. J. 80:178-192.

Nielsen, D.C., D.J. Lyon, R.K. Higgins, G.W. Hergert, J.D. Holman, and M.F. Vigil. 2016. Cover crop effect on subsequent wheat yield in the Central Great Plains. Agron. J. 108:243-256.

Lyon, D.J., D.R. Huggins, and J.F. Spring. 2016. Windrow burning eliminates Italian ryegrass (Lolium perenne ssp. multiflorum) seed viability. Weed Technol. 30:279-283.

Lyon, D.J., and I.C. Burke. 2016. Integrated management of prickly lettuce in wheat production systems. (PNW688).

Raeder, A.J., D.J. Lyon, J.B. Harsh, and I.C Burke. 2015. How soil pH affects the activity and persistence of herbicides. (FS189E).

Nielsen, D.C., D.J. Lyon, G.W. Hergert, R.K. Higgins, and J.D. Holman. 2015. Cover crop biomass production and water use in the Central Great Plains. Agron. J. 107:2047-2058.

Lyon, D.J., and F.L. Young. 2015. Integration of weed management and tillage practices in spring barley production. Weed Technol. 29:367-373.

Nielsen, D.C., D.J. Lyon, G.W. Hergert, R.K. Higgins, F.J. Calderon, and M.F. Vigil. 2015. Cover crop mixtures do not use water differently than single-species plantings. Agron. J. 107:1025-1038.

Lyon, D.J., A.G. Hulting, D.W. Morishita, and F.L. Young. 2015. Integrated management of downy brome in winter wheat. (PNW668).

Lyon, D.J., A. G. Hulting, and D. W. Morishita. 2014. Integrated management of feral rye in winter wheat (PNW660).

Lyon, D.J., and G.W. Hergert. 2014. Nitrogen fertility in semiarid dryland wheat production is challenging for beginning organic farmers. Renew. Agric. Food Syst. 29:42-47.

Peterson, G.A., D.J. Lyon, and C.R. Fenster. 2012. Valuing long-term field experiments: Quantifying the scientific contribution of a long-term tillage experiment. Soil Sci. Soc. Am. J. 76:757-765.

Hansen, N.C., B.L. Allen, R.L. Baumhardt, and D.J. Lyon. 2012. Research achievements and adoption of no-till, dryland cropping in the semi-arid U.S. Great Plains. Field Crops Res. 132:196-203.

Nielsen, D.C., J.J. Miceli-Garcia, and D.J. Lyon. 2012. Canopy cover and leaf area index relationships for wheat, triticale, and corn. Agron. J. 104:1569-1573.

Sasseendran, S.A., D.C. Nielsen, L.R. Ahuja, L. Ma, and D.J. Lyon. 2012. Simulated yield and profitability of five potential crops for intensifying the dryland wheat-fallow production system. Agric. Water Manag. 116:175-192.

Gaussoin, R. E., R. N. Klein, S. Z. Knezevic, G. R. Kruger, D.J. Lyon, Z. J. Reicher, L. D. Sandell, S. L. Young, R. G. Wilson, P. J. Shea, and C. L. Ogg. 2012. 2012 Nebraska Guide for Weed Management (EC-130).