About this book
Over the past 50 years, triazines have made a great impact on agriculture and world hunger by assisting in the development of new farming methods, providing greater farming and land use capabilities, and increasing crop yields. Triazines are registered in over 80 countries and save billions of dollars a year. "The Triazine Herbicides" is the one book that presents a comprehensive view of the total science and agriculture of these chemicals. With emphasis on how the chemicals are studied and developed, reviewed, and used at the agricultural level this book provides valuable insight into the benefits of triazine herbicides for sustainable agriculture.It presents previously unpublished information on the discovery, development and marketing of herbicides. It includes a vital section on the origin, use, economics and fate of triazine herbicides. It covers benefits of triazines in corn and sorghum, sugarcane, citrus, fruit and nut crops. It establishes best management practice and environmental benefits of use in conservation tillage.
Homer M. LeBaron was born May13, 1926 in southern Alberta, Canada, the third in a family of 10 children, growing up on a diversified irrigation farm. He obtained a B.S. degree in 1955 and M.S. in 1957 from Utah State University, and in 1960 received a Ph.D. degree from Cornell University. From 1960 to 1964, Dr. LeBaron was employed as a plant physiologist at the Virginia Tech Experiment Station in Norfolk, Virginia. From 1964 to 1991, Dr. LeBaron was employed by Geigy Chemical Corporation and CIBA-GEIGY (later Novartis, now Syngenta). For the latter nine years he was Senior Research Fellow in Biochemistry and New Technology and Basic Research Departments, where he had the responsibility for coordinating and directing outside basic research on all CIBA-GEIGY agricultural products. Dr. LeBaron has been a member of the International Weed Science society, Weed Science Society of America (WSSA), American Society of Agronomy, American Chemical Society, Entomological Society of America, American Phytopathological Society, Council for Agricultural Science and Technology (CAST), Sigma Xi, Aquatic Plant Management Society, European Weed Research Society, and about 10 other regional, national or international scientific societies. Homer has held numerous leadership positions, including being on the Board of Directors of several of these scientific societies. He served as president of the Northeastern Weed Science Society (NEWSS) in 1969-70, of the Southern Weed Science Society (SWSS) in 1986-87, and of WSSA in 1989-90; the only scientist to have served as president of three weed science societies. In 1961 Dr. LeBaron received the Best Scientific Paper Award at the NEWSS; in 1978 was elected a Fellow in the WSSA, in 1988 received the Distinguished Service Award in the SWSS, and a USDA Certificate of Appreciation in 1990 for outstanding leadership in groundwater research programs. In February 1991 he became the fifth agricultural scientist (first from industry) to receive the Charles A. Black Award from CAST in recognition of his years of contributions in promoting sound science and public understanding of agriculture. Dr. LeBaron is the author or co-author of about 90 scientific publications and was an editor and/or author of six books or special reports, including: (1) Herbicide Resistance in Plants, by John Wiley and Sons, 1982, (2) The Resistance of Agricultural Pests to Control Measures, CAST Report No. 97, 1983, (3) Pesticide ResistanceStrategies and Tactics for Management, by the National Academy of Science, Board on Agriculture, 1986, (4) Biotechnology in Agricultural Chemistry, by the American Chemical Society (ACS Symposium Series #334, 1987), (5) Managing Resistance to AgrochemicalsFrom Fundamental Research to Practical Strategies, (ACS Symposium Series #421, 1990) and (6) Ecological Impacts of Federal Conservation and Cropland Reduction Programs, CAST Report #117, 1990. He served on the parent Herbicide Resistance Action Committee (HRAC) under GIFAP, as well as a member of the ALS/AHAS Inhibitors Resistance Working Group, and as Chairman of the Triazine Resistance Working Group. Until retirement he served on the Executive and Planning Committees and Co-Chair of the Weed Resistance Management Working Group within the International Organization for Resistant Pest Management (IORPM), which organized a worldwide congress held in 1992. Dr. LeBaron was on the program committee for the International Crop Science Congress held at Iowa State University, July 14-22, 1992. Since retirement Homer has consulted on agricultural, environmental and pest management issues for CIBA-GEIGY (Syngenta), DuPont and others. He is presently senior editor and author of several chapters in a book titled, The Triazine Herbicides, completed in 2007 and to be published soon. He recently served on the Utah State University College of Agriculture Alumni Council, and was president of the Council in 1997-98. He also served on the National Advisory Board for Brigham Young University College of Biology and Agriculture from 1995-2000.