"Ellery's enthusiasm for teaching and research was surpassed only by his commitment to farmers," said Don Kuhlman, professor emeritus of agricultural entomology, University of Illinois. "He spent countless hours conducting experiments to find solutions to the weed problems they faced, and he shared his results broadly through newsletters, farm journals, workshops, conferences, radio and TV."
To nurture the emerging field of weed science, Knake became active in both the North Central Weed Science Society and the Weed Science Society of America (WSSA), which he led as its president. WSSA presented Knake with its very first "Outstanding Extension Award" and named him a Fellow for his significant contributions to both the organization and weed science.
Though Knake spent his career in academia and extension work, he paved the way for a new generation of weed scientists who today work in a broad range of organizations - including universities, regulatory agencies, land management and conservation groups, consulting firms, and companies that specialize in weed management.
"Ellery was the consummate professional who blazed the trail for thousands of students who have since studied weeds and their impact on the environment," said Lee Van Wychen, WSSA science policy director. "This next wave of weed scientists is poised to explore some of the most important issues facing our modern world - from the interactions among climate change, soil conservation and weed management techniques to how we can continue to feed a growing population as we lose cropland to urbanization."
About the Weed Science Society of America
The Weed Science Society of America, a nonprofit professional society, was founded in 1956 to encourage and promote the development of knowledge concerning weeds and their impact on the environ
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