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Eric Billman

Research Agronomist

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Eric D. Billman

Research Agronomist
Coastal Plains Soil, Water, and Plant Research Center
2611 West Lucas St., Florence, SC 29501-1242

Dr. Eric D. Billman is a Research Agronomist currently working on projects related to improving cotton management practices and water management for the southeastern U.S. With a background in forage and cover crop genetics, his research interests include incorporating novel cover cropping systems into cotton productions systems of the Southeast to enhance sustainability, as well as investigating the potential benefits and efficacy of newly developed row and cover crop germplasm adapted for drought and heat stress.

Education and Training:

Ph.D., Agronomy, Mississippi State University
M.S., Agronomy, University of Kentucky
B.S., Crop Science, The Ohio State University

Professional Experience:

Research Agronomist, USDA-ARS, Florence, SC
Post-Doctoral Research Animal Scientist, USDA-ARS, University Park, PA

Selected Publications:

  • Billman, E. D., Morrison, J. I., and Baldwin, B. S. (2021). Breeding heat tolerant orchardgrass germplasm for summer persistence in high temperature stress environments of the southeastern United States. Crop Science, 61: 1915 – 1925
  • Billman, E. D., de Souza, I. A., Smith, R. G., Soder, K. J., Warren, N., Teixeira, F., and Brito, A. F. (2021). Winter annual forage mass-nutritive value tradeoffs are affected by harvest timing. Crop Forage and Turfgrass Management. Early Access.
  • Billman, E. D., Morrison, J. I., and Baldwin, B. S. (2020). Breeding a heat‐tolerant annual ryegrass for earlier fall planting in the southeastern united states. Crop Science, 60: 830– 840.
  • Billman, E. D., Williamson, J. A., Soder, K. J., Andreen, D. M., and Skinner, R. H. (2020). Mob and rotational grazing influence pasture biomass, nutritive value, and species composition. Agronomy Journal, 112: 2866– 2878.
  • Billman, E. D., Goff, B. M., Baldwin, B. S., Prince, K. and Phillips, T. D. (2017). Effects of vegetative cool‐season grasses on forage removal by dairy heifers. Agronomy Journal, 109: 1540-1550.
  • Dillard, S.L., Billman, E.D., and Soder, K.J. (2020). Assessment of forage brassica species for dairy and beef-cattle fall grazing systems. Applied Animal Science, 36:157-166.   


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