William C Young
Emeritus Professor, Extension Specialist Seed Production

Applied research in seed production agronomy investigating factors affecting yield and/or yield components of forage, turfgrass, and legume seed crops. 

OSU Campus
Department of Crop and Soil Science
127 Crop Science Bldg
Corvallis, OR 97331
United States
(541) 737-5859



Ph.D., Crop Science. Oregon State University, 1988
M.S., Crop Science. Oregon State University, 1980
B.S.,  Agronomy. Western Illinois University, 1973

Professional Experience

Oregon State University, Corvallis, OR
Professor Emeritus, Department of Crop and Soil Science, 2011-Present
Professor, Department of Crop and Soil Science, 2001-2011.
Associate Professor, Department of Crop and Soil Science, 1995-2001.
Assistant Professor, Department of Crop and Soil Science, 1988-1995.
Research Assistant, Department of Crop Science, 1978-1987.
Graduate Research Assistant, Department of Crop Science, 1977-1978.

Private Industry
Field Sales Representative, Dow Chemical Co., Memphis, TN, 1974-1977.
Office Salesman, Dow Chemical Co., Seattle, WA, 1973-1974.
Product Specialist, Dow Chemical Co., San Antonio, TX, 1973.
Summer Laborer, Hulting Hybrids, Geneseo, IL, 1966-1972.


Zapiola, M.L., T.G. Chastain, C.J. Garbacik, and W.C. Young III.  2014.  Trinexapac-ethyl and burning effects on seed yield components in strong creeping red fescue.  Agron J. 106:1371-1378.

Chastain, T.G., W.C. Young III, T.B. Silberstein, and C.J. Garbacik.  2014.  Performance of trinexapac-ethyl on seed yield of Lolium perenne in diverse lodging environments.  Field Crops Research 157:65-70.

Chastain, T.G., C.J. Garbacik  and W.C. Young III.  2014.  Spring-applied nitrogen and trinexapac-ethyl effects on seed yield in perennial ryegrass and tall fescue.  Agron. J. 106:628-633.

Louhaichi, Mounir, William C. Young and Douglas E. Johnson. 2013. Reliability of Yield Mapping System for Estimating Perennial Ryegrass Seed Yield. Australian Journal of Basic and Applied Sciences. 7(1): 133-138.

Huettig, Krista D., Thomas G. Chastain, Carol J. Garbacik, William C. Young III and Donald J. Wysocki. 2013. Spring Irrigation of Tall Fescue for Seed Production. Field Crops Research. Vol. 144, pp. 297-304.

Young III, W.C. and T.B. Silberstein. 2012. The Oregon Grass Seed Industry. pp. 49-52. In Epichloae Endophytes of Cool Season Grasses: Implications, Utilization and Biology. Carolyn A. Young, Glen E. Aiken, Rebecca L. McCulley, James R. Strickland and Christopher L. Schardl (eds.). The Samuel Roberts Noble Foundation, Ardmore, OK, USA.

Chastain, T.G., C.J. Garbacik, T.B. Silberstein and W.C. Young III.  2011.  Seed production characteristics of three fine fescue species in residue management systems.  Agron. J. 103:1495-1502.

Flowers, M.D., J.M. Hart, W.C. Young III, M.E. Mellbye and C.J. Garbacik.  2010.  Using remote sensing to assess the in-season nitrogen status of perennial ryegrass for seed production.  Agron. J. 102:1441-1447.

Rolston, M.P, and W.C. Young. 2009. Seed production. pp 409-434. In Tall Fescue for the Twenty-first Century. H.A. Fribourg, D.B. Hannaway and C.P. West (ed). Agronomy Monograph 53.

Mueller-Warrant, George W., Gerald W. Whittaker, and William C. Young III. 2008. GIS analysis of spatial clustering and temporial change is weeks of grass seed crops. Weed Science Vol. 56, Issue 5: pp 647-669.

Zapiola, M.L., T.G. Chastain, C.J. Garbacik, T.B. Silberstein, and W.C. Young III. 2006. Trinexapac-ethyl and open-field burning in creeping red fescue seed production. Agron. J. 98:1427-1434.