Thomas Butts

Assistant Professor and Extension Weed Scientist
University of Arkansas

Dr. Tommy Butts is an Assistant Professor, Extension Weed Scientist with the University of Arkansas System Division of Agriculture based out of Lonoke, Arkansas. He started with the Division of Agriculture in 2018. Tommy originally hails from southern Wisconsin where he grew up working on and around small dairy farms. He completed his Bachelor of Science in Agri-Business at the University of Wisconsin-Platteville, Master of Science in Agronomy-Weed Science at the University of Wisconsin-Madison, and Ph.D. in Agronomy-Weed Science from the University of Nebraska-Lincoln. Tommy’s current research and Extension efforts focus on identifying novel weed management strategies through diversified approaches including the use of precision agriculture and application technologies primarily in rice, soybean, and wheat, among other cropping systems. Further emphasis is placed on helping to increase herbicide application knowledge, safety, and effectiveness, while reducing off-target movement, both from ground-based and aerial applications. The overall goal is to provide research-supported, effective, and applicable weed management practices to Arkansas and Mid-South farmers, consultants, and applicators battling complex weed problems in their fields. Tommy resides in Beebe, AR with his wife, Liberty, their almost 2-year old little boy, Brooker, another little one on the way, and numerous pets on their funny farm.