Biosystems and Agricultural Engineering

Growing Oklahoma

Biosystems and Agricultural Engineering

Growing Oklahoma


Derek Whitelock
Adjunct Associate Professor

CONTACT

  USDA-ARS Southwestern Cotton Ginning Research Laboratory
  575.526.6381
  derek.whitelock@ars.usda.gov

ABOUT ME

Dr. Whitelock is an Agricultural Engineer and Acting Research Leader at the USDA-ARS Southwestern Cotton Ginning Research Laboratory in Mesilla Park, New Mexico where he coordinates scientific activities of the laboratory with the objective to address critical cotton and related companion crop production, ginning or processing, textile processing and regulatory compliance issues, especially those pertaining to Western irrigated cottons. Before he joined the Gin Lab, he was an Assistant Professor in Agricultural Engineering Technology at the University of Wisconsin at River Falls where he taught agricultural power and machinery and precision agriculture courses and advised the ASABE student branch and ΒΌ scale tractor team. His research, mainly in the areas of air quality and seed-cotton and lint cleaning, covers a broad spectrum of issues in saw and roller ginning and agricultural processing. Mostly recently, his work has focused on detection and extraction of cotton contamination prior to ginning.