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Name: Howard Viator
Title: Professor & Coordinator
Department: Iberia Research Station
Organization: LSU AgCenter
Address 1: 603 LSU Bridge Road
Address 2: Jeanerette, LA 70544 - 0466
Phone Number: (337) 276-5527
Mobile: (337) 579-3686
Fax Number: (337) 276-9088


1969 - B.S., Agronomy, University of Southwestern Louisiana

1974 - M.S., Agronomy (Plant Breeding), Louisiana State University

1976 - Ph.D., Agronomy (Plant Breeding), Louisiana State University

Areas of Specialization/Research
  • Evaluation of precision farming technologies in sugarcane
  • Evaluation of the long-term effects of combine harvest residue retention in sugarcane
  • Assessment of sugarcane experimental clones in diverse environments
  • Evaluation of sugar crops for biofuel production

Professional Experience
  • Professor and Resident Coordinator (1984-present), Iberia Research Station
  • Associate Professor of Agronomy (1979-1984), Louisiana State University Agronomy Department
  • Assistant Professor of Agronomy (1976-1979), Louisiana State University Agronomy Department

Selected Recent Publications (5 years)

Viator, Howard P., Shyue Lu and Daira Aragon.  2015.  Influence of panicles and leafy material on sweet sorghum juice quality.  J. Am. Soc. Sugar Cane Technol.  35:21-30.

Hiscox, A.L., S. Flecher, J.J. Wang, and H.P. Viator.  2015.  A comparative analysis of potential impact area of common sugar cane burning methods.  Atmospheric Environment. 106:154-164.

Burks, P.S. T.J. Felderhoff, H.P. Viator and W.L. Rooney. 2013.  The influence of hybrid maturity and planting date on sweet sorghum productivity during a harvest season. Agron. J. 105(1):263-267.

Viator, H.P., Richard Johnson and Brenda Tubana.  2013.  How much fertilizer nitrogen does sugarcane need?  Sugar Journal 76(5):24-26.

Viator, H.P. and Brenda Tubana. 2012.  Evaluation of the Use of Green Manure Soybean Grown in Rotation with Sugarcane in a Sub-tropical Environment. J. Amer. Soc. Sugar Cane Tech. 32:51-60.

Lofton, J., B. Tubana, Y. Kanke, J. Teboh, H. Viator, and M. Dalen.  2012.  Estimating sugarcane yield potential using an in-season determination of normalized difference vegetative index.  Sensor 12:7529-7547.

Lofton, J., B.S. Tubana, Y. Kanke, J. Teboh and H. Viator. 2012. Predicting sugarcane response to nitrogen using a canopy reflectance-based response index value. Agron. J. 104(1):106-113.

Han, K.J., W.D. Pitman, W.M. Alison, M. Kim, D.L. Harrell, S. Viator, M.E. McCormick, K. Gravois, D.F. Day.  Agronomic considerations for sweet sorghum biofuel production in the south-central USA.  BioEnergy Research.  2012.  DOI 10.1007/s12155-012-9185-3.

Viator, S., J. Flanagan, A. Granger, B. Hebert, B. Joffrion, B. Legendre and R. Louque. 2011. Influence of soil salinity on sugarcane. Louisiana Agriculture 54(4):18.

Viator, H.P. and J.J. Wang. 2011. Effects of residue management on yield after three production cycles of a long-term sugarcane field trial in Louisiana. J. Amer. Soc. Sugar Cane Tech. 31:15-25.

Viator, H.P., et. al. 2009. The Influence of post-harvest residue management on water quality and sugarcane yield in Louisiana. J. Amer. Soc. Sugar Cane Tech. 29:1-10.

Udeigwe, T.K., J.J. Wang, H.P. Viator, and L. Gaston. 2009. Surface water quality as affected by sugarcane residue management techniques. J. of Water, Air and Soil Pollution. 208:119-128. doi:10:1007/s11270-009-0153-2.

Viator, H.P. "Sonny", et. al. 2009. Sweet sorghum for biofuel production in Louisiana. Louisiana Agriculture. 53(4):16-17.

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