Mark Lundy

Mark Lundy

Position Title
Assistant Cooperative Extension Specialist

Plant Sciences


Lundy is an assistant Cooperative Extension specialist in the Department of Plant Sciences. He has statewide research-and-extension responsibilities related to small grains and corn. Lundy completed his M.S. in international agricultural development and his Ph.D. in agronomy at UC Davis. Prior to joining the faculty in 2015, he worked as a UC Cooperative Extension advisor based in Colusa County and serving the southern Sacramento Valley for a wide range of annual crops.

Research interests:

Agronomy, cropping-systems analysis, input-use efficiency, disease and pest management, sustainable intensification, integrating technology and data into production practices for grains such as wheat, barley, oats, triticale, and corn.

Brief overview:

Our lab conducts applied research and produces extension information relating to California cropping systems for grains such as wheat, barley, and corn. My research and extension efforts attempt to:

1)    leverage existing knowledge and emerging technologies to solve practical problems, 
2)    produce outcomes that inform both production and environmental concerns, 
3)    communicate these outcomes in farmer-accessible formats as well as to the broader scientific community.

We pilot tools and technologies that are accessible to farmers, calibrate these tools to management-related variables, and create decision-support tools from this work to improve efficient use of key inputs such as water and fertilizer in California grain-cropping systems.

We also run an extensive variety-testing program for wheat and other small grains that stretches from the Imperial Valley to the Oregon border and measures crop productivity under a wide array of environmental conditions. This helps growers and breeders select the most productive and profitable small grain varieties. In addition, we collaborate with UC ANR colleagues to create continuing, informal, and online educational opportunities and tools for various stakeholders related to grain production in California.

Current projects:
•    Leveraging low-cost, in-field technologies to improve the precision of nitrogen-fertilizer management in wheat
•    Statewide testing of small grain varieties
•    Website development for California small grains and corn