Steve Brown

Assistant Professor & Extension Specialist (Cotton Agronomics)

Crop, Soil & Environmental Sciences

(334) 844-4116 

 (229) 387-1786 

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249 Funchess Hall
Auburn Univ, AL 36849



  • Ph.D., Texas A&M University, Crop Science (Weed Science) (1986)
  • M.S., Auburn University, Agronomy & Soils (Weed Science) (1984)
  • B.S., Auburn University, Agronomy & Soils (1978)


  • Extension Cotton Agronomist, Alabama Cooperative Extension, Auburn University (2019-present)
  • Cotton Development Specialist, PhytoGen Cotton Seed, Dow AgroSciences (2008-2019)
  • Extension Cotton Agronomist, University of Georgia (1995-2008)
  • Extension Weed Scientist, University of Georgia (1987-1995)
  • Graduate Research Assistant, Texas A&M University (1984-1986)
  • Research Associate, Auburn University (1980-1984)
  • Assistant County Agent-ANR, Alabama Cooperative Extension


  • Communication Award, Team Newsletter, Alabama Association of County Agricultural Agents (2020)
  • Most Valuable Person Award, Southeast District, Dow AgroSciences (2014)
  • Award of Excellence for Teaching, University of Georgia, Tifton Campus (2005)
  • ESCOP/ASCOP Leadership Development Program (2003)
  • Certificate of Completion, Managing Innovation in Agribusiness, A Monsanto-Sponsored Program, University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill (2002)
  • Extension Cotton Specialist of the Year (2001)
  • Distinguished Service Award, National Association of County Agricultural Agents (2000)
  • Distinguished Service Award, Georgia Association of County Agricultural Agents (2000)
  • Achievement Award, Georgia Association of County Agricultural Agents (1996)
  • Achievement Award, National Association of County Agricultural Agents (1996)


  • U.S. Cotton Specialists Working Group
  • Alabama Association of County Agricultural Agents
  • National Association of County Agricultural Agents


“The SEED is where it’s at,” is poor grammar but it makes the point emphatically that seed represent a significant and critical input for modern cotton production. Our efforts focus on issues of cotton seed quality, seeding rates, planting patterns, variety/technology selection, and in-season issues such as plant growth management. We also investigate agronomic management challenges relative to cotton leafroll dwarf virus. I serve as a general production management resource for others in the College exploring cotton projects.



My greatest goal is to grow our presence and stature among cotton producers and related agribusiness personnel in Alabama and the Southeast, that we might be the premier resource for all things cotton. Related to that are efforts to support the development of new Regional Extension Agents that focus on Agronomic Crops and other specialists that work in cotton. I organize and publish a regular (at least monthly) newsletter Alabama Cotton Shorts with contributions from other scientists in the College. Likewise, I am a regular contributor to the Alabama Row Crops Report newsletter and Podcast. I participate regularly in grower meetings and those with related technical activities as well as field visits and distance diagnosis and consults.