Dennis-Delaney-Extension-photo-2005Dennis P. Delaney

Extension Specialist — Soybeans & Conservation Cropping

Department of Crop, Soil and Environmental Sciences


2006 Ph.D., Auburn University (Agronomy & Soils)
1980 M.S., Clemson University (Agronomy)
1978 B.S., Michigan State University (Agronomy)


2016 – present Extension Specialist, Level 3 (new career ladder), Crop, Soil & Environmental Sciences, Auburn Univ.
2016 Extension Specialist, Level 2 (new career ladder), Crop, Soil & Environmental Sciences, Auburn Univ.
2004-2016 Extension Specialist IV, Agronomy & Soils, Auburn Univ.
2001-2004 Extension Specialist III, Agronomy & Soils, Auburn Univ.
1995-2001 Extension Associate, Agronomy & Soils, Auburn Univ.
1984-1995 Extension Associate, Decatur Office, ACES, Auburn Univ.
1980-1984 Assistant Superintendent Lower Coastal Plain Substation

Honors and awards

Team Award – Southern Soybean Disease Workers, 2006, Alabama Asian Soybean Rust Detection
Distinguished Service Award, 2013, jointly presented by the Alabama Soybean & Corn Association and the Alabama Soybean Producers

professional affiliations

American Society of Agronomy, member
American Soybean Association, member
National Corn Growers Association, member
Epsilon Sigma Phi, National Honor Extension Fraternity, member
American Phytopathological Society, Standardized Fungicide Trials Committee
Southern Soybean Disease Workers, member
Alabama Soybean Producers, Ex-officio Technical Advisor
Alabama Soybean and Corn Association, Ex-officio Director
Alabama Soybean Producers, Ex-officio Technical Advisor

Research Activities

Conduct applied research in the areas of crop production and conservation that can be directly used by producers in Alabama and surrounding states. Test new products and techniques to determine suitability for clientele to apply on-farm.

Extension Activities

I have statewide responsibilities for educational programming and applied research in soybean production; statewide responsibilities for educational programming and applied research in conservation cropping systems in all agronomic crops.

My program is highly field and crop-producer oriented, utilizing area and county meetings, field tours, troubleshooting and pest monitoring, publications, and informal field meetings with Regional Extension Agents and producers, including coordinating extensively with related subject matter Specialists and Researchers. A very large component is use of On-farm and Result Demonstrations. I have conducted over 1435 on-farm demonstrations in a range of topics including crop varieties, cover crops & conservation practices, forage management, poultry litter use and whole-farm management.

Recent Courses Taught

Guest lecturer – AGRN 1000 & 4000, PLPA 5060/6060 & 7060

Other Teaching Activities:

Responsible for planting, maintaining, and coordinating activities in the Crops Garden on the AU Campus. The AU Crops Garden is extensively used as a teaching tool and resource area for several courses and graduate students in CSES, PLPA, ENT, and BSEN.

Selected Publications

  1. Balkcom, K. S., Price, A. J., Van Santen, E., Delaney, D. P., Boykin, D. L., Arriaga, F. J., … Raper, R. L. (2010). Row spacing, tillage system, and herbicide technology affects cotton plant growth and yield. Field Crops Research, 117(2–3), 219–225.
  2. Sikora, E. J., Delaney, D. P., Delaney, M. A., Lawrence, K. S., & Pegues, M. (2009). Evaluation of Sequential Funcicide Spray Programs for Control of Soybean Rust. Plant Health Progress, 10(September 2007), 61–62.
  3. Mitchell, C. C., Delaney, D. P., & Balkcom, K. S. (2008). A historical summary of Alabama’s old rotation (circa 1896): The world’s oldest, continuous cotton experiment. Agronomy Journal, 100(5), 1493–1498.
  4. Mitchell, B. C. C., Delaney, D., & Balkcom, K. S. (2005). Cullars Rotation: The South’s Oldest Continuous Soil Fertility Experiment. Better Crops, 89(4), 5–9.
  5. Faircloth, W. H., Monks, C. D., Patterson, M. G., Wehtje, G. R., Delaney, D. P., & Sanders, J. C. (2004). Cotton and Weed Response to Glyphosate Applied with Sulfur-Containing Additives. Weed Technology, 18(2), 404–411.
  6. Prior, S. A., Reeves, D. W., Delaney, D. P., & Terra, J. F. (2002). Effects of Conventional Tillage and No-Tillage on Cotton Gas Exchange in Standard and Ultra-Narrow Row Systems. In E. Van Santen (Ed.), 25th Southern Conservation Tillage Conference (pp. 349–353).
  7. Delaney, D. P., Reeves, D. W., Monks, C. D., Patterson, M. G., Mullins, G. L., & Gamble, G. B. (2002). Cover Crops and Tillage Combinations for Wide and Ultra Narrow Row Cotton. In 25th Southern Conservation Tillage Conference (pp. 70–73).
  8. Reaves, D. W., & Delaney, D. P. (2002). Conservation Rotations for Cotton Production and Carbon Storage. In 25th Southern Conservation Tillage Conference (pp. 344–348).
  9. Monks, C. D., D. P. Delaney, M. Pegues, and S. Huber (2002). A Method for Evaluating Storm Damaged Cotton for Extension County Agents and Specialists. J. of Extension, 40(2).
  10. Sanders, J. C., C. D. Monks, M. G. Patterson, D. P. Delaney, D. P. Moore,and L. W. Wells (2001). Effectiveness of ammonium thiosulfate to enhance weed control and reduce cotton (Gossypium hirsutum L.) injury. Weed Technology, 15(2). 236-241.
  11. McLean, K.S., H.L. Campbell, A. Palmateer, C.D. Monks, and D. Delaney (2001). Evaluation of Selected Fungicides for Control of Seedling Disease in Ultra Narrow Row Cotton, 2000. in Fungicide and Nematicide Tests. Ed. Richard Baird, American Phytopathological Society, St. Paul, MN
  12. Monks, C. D., M. G. Patterson, J. W. Wilcut, and D. P. Delaney (1999). Effect of pyrithiobac, MSMA, and DSMA on cotton (Gossypium hirsutum L.) growth and weed control. Weed Technology 13(1), 6-11.
  13. Cummins C. W., C. W. Wood, D. P. Delaney (1994). Co-Composted Poultry Mortalities and Poultry Litter: Composition and Potential Value as a Fertilizer. Journal of Sustainable Agriculture, 4(1), 7-19.