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The Wheat Research Team serves as a resource for anyone interested in small grains production. The team's focus is to develop science-based information to improve the agronomic and economic viability of small grains production in Oklahoma and the Southern Great Plains.

Our Team

Amanda de Oliveira Silva

Amanda serves as an assistant professor and a small grains extension specialist, coordinating the Small Grains Variety Performance trials in Oklahoma. She also conducts an applied Research and Extension program, which uses information on crop physiology and plant nutrient requirements during the growing season to improve wheat variety characterization and crop management strategies, maximizing yield and while maintaining environmental stewardship.

Tyler Lynch

Tyler serves as the field operations manager and is a native Oklahoman. He received his bachelor's degree in animal science in 2017, and his master’s degree in plant and soil science in 2019 from Oklahoma State University. Tyler manages all field operations for the Small Grain program which includes preparation, planting, in-season management, harvesting and data collection.

Israel Molina Cyrineu

Israel, a Brazilian native, earned his Bachelor of Science degree at University of Sao Paulo in 2021 and joined the Small Grains team as a graduate research assistant in January 2022. His thesis focuses on the interacting effects of genotype, management and environment on late-planted winter wheat to investigate physiological traits associated with penalty in yield due to delay in planting with the goal of identifying varieties better adapted to late planting.

Abiola Samson Olaniyi

Abiola, a Nigerian native, received his Bachelor of Agriculture degree in Agronomy from Osun State University. After he graduated, he joined the Small Grains program as a graduate research assistant, focusing on the evaluation of plant nitrogen accumulation and allocation to different plant components during the growing season to investigate the ability of winter wheat genotypes to produce grain yield while reducing protein cost under different nitrogen rates. 

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