WSU hires new AgWeatherNet director
Dr. Gerrit Hoogenboom has managed one of the largest automated weather networks in the southeastern United States.
Dr. Gerrit Hoogenboom, a professor of agrometeorology and crop modeling, has been appointed director of Washington State University’s agricultural weather network, AgWeatherNet, starting August 1. He succeeds Dr. Gary Grove, who will continue his research and extension program in plant pathology.
Hoogenboom was previously a professor in agrometeorology and crop modeling at the University of Georgia, Griffin, and managed the Georgia Automated Environmental Monitoring Network (www.georgiaweather.net), one of the largest automated weather networks in the southeastern United States. He has served as editor of the journals Climate Research and The Journal of Agricultural Science.
He earned his doctorate in agronomy and soils at Auburn University in Alabama and holds bachelor’s and master’s degrees from Wageningen University in The Netherlands.
Ralph Cavallieri, associate dean of the College of Agriculture, Human and Natural Resource Sciences at WSU, commended Grove on his work directing the AgWeatherNet, which he believes is one of the best such networks in the country. Grove has advanced the infrastructure so that it is reliable and extends to most of Washington’s agricultural areas, he added.