Edgar-HeadshotEdgar Vinson

Extension Assistant Professor

Horticulture Department


Ph.D. Auburn University
M.S. Auburn University
B.S. University of Alabama

Professional Experience

2016 – Present
Assistant Extension Professor, Chilton Research and Extension Center (Alabama Agricultural Experiment Station), Clanton, AL
Summer, 2018
Interim Director – Chilton Research and Extension Center (Alabama Agricultural Experiment Station), Clanton, AL
June 1997 – May 2016
Research. Technician – Research Associate. IV, Department of Horticulture, Auburn Univ.
September 1995 – May 1997
Biological Specialist, Terry Farms Technology Division, Auburn, AL
March 1993 – August 1994
Research Technician, Aquatic Mycology Laboratory, Dept. of Biological. Sciences, Univ. of AL
Sept 1991 – March 1993
Medical Laboratory and X-ray Technician Maude L. Whatley Health Center, Tuscaloosa. AL

Select Honors and Awards

Alabama Association of County Agricultural Agents and Specialists, Professional Excellence Award, 1st Place (2019) Applied research poster, Application of two bactericides to mitigate damage caused by frost in developing peach flowers in ‘Fireprince’ peach (Prunus persica).
American Society of Horticultural Science Extension Division Outstanding Education Materials Award, Primarily Visual Category (2019) for the publication titled Alabama Peaches: Quality, Flavor, Freshness.
American Pomological Society, Ulysses P. Hedrick Award 2nd Place (2018) for the manuscript titled: Screening Underutilized Banana for Carotenoid Content, Washington, DC (August)

professional affiliations

Southern Region American Society for Horticultural Science
American Society for Horticultural Science – National International Society for Horticultural Science
American Pomological Society
Alabama Pomegranate Association
Alabama Fruit and Vegetable Growers Association
Georgia Fruit and Vegetable Growers Association
National Watermelon Association
Promusa Banana Network
Alabama Association of County Agricultural Agents and Specialists
National Association of County Agricultural Agents
Epsilon Sigma Phi Extension Professional Organization
National Association of County Agricultural Agents and Specialists
Gamma Sigma Delta Agricultural Honor Society – Auburn University

Research Activities

My research centers on technologies and concepts to help producers of specialty fruit crops navigate production challenges encountered in the diverse but challenging Alabama environment. Major areas of focus are in peach and strawberry – two leading specialty crops in Alabama. Climate change is affecting the way peach crops accumulate chill, which is the necessary exposure to cool temperatures during the fall and winter for the alleviation of dormancy in the spring. We are evaluating the effectiveness of rest breaking substances to alleviate dormancy used during seasons when there is insufficient chill accumulation. This also includes exploration of relatively new concepts of measuring chill accumulation, which are more appropriate for regions like the Southeast where occurrence of wintertime warming trends are common. These warming trends have a significant effect on chill accumulation. We are also investigating developing technologies to reduce tree mortality due to Armillaria root rot (oak root rot) in peach orchards. In strawberry, my research involves collaborative efforts to enhance sustainability of strawberry production by evaluating effective herbicide application strategies and strawberry cultivars for adaptation to the climate. Other areas of study include invasive insect pest IPM, use of ‘softer’, alternative chemistries and strategies to control insect and disease pests, new, alternative crops, which have potential to be produced in Alabama, specialty crop cultivar evaluations, and pollination methods in kiwifruit and their impact on fruit quality attributes.

Extension Activities

My Extension programming is statewide and involves communication of research-based information to the residents of Alabama. This knowledge is mostly the result of research conducted on experimental plots or on-farm locations in our state and region.

Select Publications

  • Fig production guide.  ANR 1145. Revised August 2019.
  • Fruit culture in Alabama: Winter chilling requirements. ANR 0053 D.  Revised December 2018.
  • Balusu, R.R., T.T. Cottrell, E.J. Talamas, M.D. Toews, B.R. Blaauw, A.A. Sial, D.G. Buntin, E.L. Vinson, H.Y. Fadamiro, G.P. Tillman. 2019. New record of Trissolcus solocis (Hymenoptera: Scelionidae) in the United States of America. Biodiversity Data Journal 7: 1-6.
  • Vinson, E.L. III, E.D. Coneva, J.M. Kemble, F.M. Woods, J.L. Sibley, E.G. Fonsah, P.M. Perkins-Veazie, and J.R. Kessler. 2018. Prediction of flower emergence and evaluation of cropping potential in selected banana cultivars (Musa sp.) cultivated in subtropical conditions of coastal Alabama. HortScience 53:1634-39.
  • Vinson III, E.L., Coneva, E.D., Kemble, J.M., Woods, F.M., Sibley, J.L., Perkins-Veazie, P.M. and Fonsah, E.G. 2017. Phenological parameter responses gauge banana fruit production potential in the coastal region of Alabama, USA. Acta Hort. 1178:61-66.
  • Dipayan Sarkar, Widya Agustinaha, F. Woods, E. Coneva, E. Vinson and K. Shetty. 2017. In Vitro Screening and Evaluation of Phenolic Antioxidant-linked Anti-Hyperglycemic Functions of Rabbit-Eye Blueberry (Vaccinium ashei) Cultivars” Journal of Berry Research 7:163-177. DOI:10.3233/JBR-170154
  • Vinson, E. L., III, E. D. Coneva, J. M. Kemble, F. M. Woods, E. G. Fonsah, P. M. Perkins-Veazie, and J. L. Sibley. 2015. Investigations on Phenological Responses to Determine Banana Fruit Production Potential in the Coastal Region of Alabama, USA, Journal of the American Pomological Society 69 (3): 164-167