Department of Crop Sciences
John Masiunas
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John Masiunas

Professor Emeritus
260 E R Madigan Laboratory
1201 W. Gregory Dr.
Urbana, IL 61801
(217) 244-4469

Education

Ph.D.: Horticulture, Purdue University — 1986
M.S.: Horticulture, Purdue University — 1981
B.S.: Biology, Clark University — 1978

Research Areas

Alternative Farming Strategies
Organic Production
Sustainable Agriculture
Agroecology
Small Farms
Food Crop Systems
Plant Ecology and Natural Resource Management
Plant Biology
Pest Management

Courses

HORT 105 – Vegetable Gardening
Vegetable gardening is probably the oldest form of food cultivation or agriculture. To our ancestors, vegetable gardening was critical for their survival. All homes had kitchen gardens where vegetables for the table and for storage and canning were grown. Even today vegetable gardening, cooking, and eating are all intimately connected. New exotic vegetables and cultivars are becoming commonplace. We will present vegetable gardening as a critical part of the human need to eat. There are many traditions or approaches to gardening. Most of the information we will present is from the European and organic approaches to vegetable gardening.
HORT 464 – International Hort Products
The horticulture industry is increasingly international in scale and scope. The objective of the course is to provide perspective of the international aspects of horticulture industry. International Horticultural Products studies the production of cut flowers; ornamental bulbs, corms, and tubers; tropical tuber and corm crops; tropical fruits; beverage crops; and tropical spices. The class discusses the history and origin, growing areas, production, pests, processing, and current markets for each crop. In fall 2011, the class will emphasize horticultural crops of Latin America and will include a study tour to Costa Rica and Guatemala (January 2011). In 2012, we plan to visit Africa.

Teaching Honors

Incomplete List of Teachers Rated Excellent by their Students (HORT 464) - 2009
Incomplete List of Teachers Rated Excellent by their Students (HORT 105) - 2009
College of ACES Academy for Teaching - 2009
John Clyde and Henrietta Downey Spitler Teaching Award - 2008
Incomplete List of Teachers Rated Excellent by their Students - 2005
Education Award of the North Central Weed Science Society - 2001

Journal Articles

Refereed Journal Articles
Samtani, J., J. B. Masiunas, and J. Appleby. 2010. White oak and northern red oak leaf injury from exposure to chloroacetanilide herbicides. HortScience 45: In Press.
Bicksler, A. J. and J. B. Masiunas. 2009. Canada thistle (Cirsium arvense) suppression with buckwheat or sudangrass and mowing. Weed Technology 23:556-563.
Samtani, J., J. B. Masiunas, and J. Appleby. 2008. Injury on white oak seedlings from herbicide exposure stimulating drift. HortScience 43(7): 1543-1549.
Williams, M. M. II and J. B. Masiunas. 2006. Functional relationships between giant ragweed interference and sweet corn yield and ear traits. Weed Sci. 54:948-953.
Samtani, J. B., Masiunas, J. B., and Appleby, J. E. 2005. Abnormal leaf development on white oaks linked to drift of chloroacetamide herbicides. Online. Plant Health Progress doi:10.1094/PHP-2005-0221-01-HN.
Grimmer, O. and J. Masiunas. 2005. Weed control potential of oat (Avena sativa) cultivars.HortTechnology 15(1):140-144.
Velasquez, C., C. Eastman, and J. Masiunas. 2005. An assessment of Illinois farmers' market patrons' perceptions of locally-grown vegetables. J. Vegetable Crop Production 11(1):17-26.
Aguyoh, J. N., J. B. Masiunas, and C. Eastman. 2004. Interaction of insects and weeds in a snap bean agroecosystem. HortScience. 39(2):287-291.
Grimmer, O. and J. Masiunas. 2004. Evaluation of winter-killed cover crops proceeding snap pea. HortTechnology 14(3):349-355.
Recent Extension Publications
Masiunas, J., J. Gehrig, K. Rak, and A. J. Bicksler. 2009. Evaluation of herbicide combinations for pumpkins. Transactions of the Illinois State Horticultural Society and the 12th Annual Illinois Fruit and Vegetable Research Report. pp. 80-88.
Masiunas, J. and Dan Anderson. 2009. Best sustainable management practices for perennial weeds. Transactions of the Illinois State Horticultural Society and the 12th Annual Illinois Fruit and Vegetable Research Report. pp. 95-96.
Bicksler, A. and J. Masiunas. 2008. Evaluation of herbicide combinations for pumpkins. Transactions of the Illinois State Horticultural Society and the 11th Annual Illinois Fruit and Vegetable Research Report. pp. 92- 97.
Bicksler, A. and J. B. Masiunas. 2008. Suppression of Canada thistle with summer annual cover crops and mowing - Year 2. Transactions of the IL State Horticultural Society and the 11th Annual Illinois Fruit and Vegetable Research Report. pp. 89.
Rosa, I. and J. B. Masiunas. 2008. Changes in weed seed bank composition and density during transition to organic production. Transactions of the IL State Horticultural Society and the 11th Annual IL Fruit and Vegetable Res. Report. pp. 88.
Masiunas, J. B. 2008. Pseudomonos syringae suppression of Canada thistle. New Ag Network. http://www.ipm.msu.edu/new-ag/issues08/9-10.htm
Masiunas, J. B., and D. Anderson. 2008. Mini-grants for farmers to evaluate approaches to manage perennial weeds. New Ag Network. http://www.ipm.msu.edu/new-ag/issues08/4-23.htm

Contributed Chapters

Masiunas, J. B. 2006. Rye as a Weed Management Tool in Vegetable Cropping Systems. pp. 127-158. In: H. P. Singh, D. B. Batish, and R. K. Kohli. Handbook of Sustainable Weed Management. Haworth Press, Bringham, NY.