Holly Byker

Cropping Systems Research Technician
Holly Byker

Holly Byker

Cropping Systems Research Technician
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Biography

Holly’s agricultural career began on her family dairy and cash crop farm. Throughout her undergraduate degree, she completed agricultural-related co-op work terms in Ontario and Saskatchewan. These work terms centred around crop variety trials, where she gained lots of valuable experience along the way. During the summer of 2011, Holly worked as a crop scout for Cropland Consulting, learning how to put research into practice, and expanding her knowledge of various types of cropping systems. In the fall of 2011, she began her masters at the University of Guelph, Ridgetown Campus, with Dr. Peter Sikkema, studying the distribution and control of glyphosate-resistant Canada fleabane through various herbicide programs in both Roundup Ready and Dicamba Tolerant soybeans. In 2013, she began working on her PhD, still working with glyphosate-resistant weeds, but now focused on common ragweed and mechanisms of glyphosate-resistance.

Holly is currently a field research technician at the University of Guelph, Winchester Research Station and the manager of agronomy for the University of Guelph Winchester, New Liskaerd, and Emo Agricultural Research Stations. At the station, she works with a wide variety of crops, conducting performance, fertility and other management trials.