Dr. Peter Thomison, Professor and Extension State Specialist for corn production, retired from Ohio State University at the end of December 2019 after 30 years of service.
Peter was an active member of OSU Extension’s Agronomic Crops Team. He contributed hundreds of timely, high-impact articles to the CORN newsletter, wrote several bulletins and Fact Sheets, and could be seen throughout Ohio during winter extension meetings and field days. Peter was at the forefront of corn production research, including corn hybrid by management interactions, causes and identification of abnormal corn ears, phenological responses of corn to heat accumulation, and agronomic performance and grain quality of specialty corn. Peter’s extension and research efforts to develop cropping systems that minimize production inputs and impact on environmental quality will have a lasting effect on extension, farmers, and the ag industry.
On a personal note, I will thoroughly miss Peter. Peter was extremely instrumental in helping me establish my extension and research program at Ohio State (and even served a mentor on my advisory committee during my Master’s degree program). Peter was always available to answer questions and provide guidance, and I enjoyed talking with him almost every day.
Congratulations on your retirement, Peter! You will be greatly missed by all of us on the Ag Crops Team. Thank you for your efforts over the past 30 years and best wishes for the future.