Rodrigo Werle

Associate Professor, Extension Cropping Systems Weed Scientist


(608) 262-7130

Office Location

356 Moore Hall

Rodrigo smiles slightly. Rodrigo stands in a greenhouse with many different green plants.

Dr. Rodrigo Werle is an Associate Professor and Extension Cropping Systems Weed Scientist at the University of Wisconsin-Madison. His research and Extension program (aka WiscWeeds) focuses on integrated approaches to weed management in corn, soybean, and small grains in Wisconsin farm systems. Dr. Werle received his BS in Agronomy from São Paulo State University in Brazil, and his MS and PhD degrees in Agronomy with Specialization in Weed Science from the University of Nebraska-Lincoln.

Twitter: @WiscWeeds

WiscWeeds Program page

Area of Focus
Weed management in corn, soybeans and small grains.

Education & Training
B.S., Agronomy, São Paulo State University, Brazil, 2009
M.S., Agronomy (Weed Science), University of Nebraska-Lincoln, 2012
Ph.D., Agronomy (Weed Science), University of Nebraska-Lincoln, 2016
Assistant Professor and Cropping Systems Specialist, University of Nebraska-Lincoln, 2016-2017

Research Interests

  • Agroecologically-based approaches to address sustainable weed management in corn, soybeans, and small grains
  • Weed management strategies that can help protect water quality, enhance agroecosystems services and increase food security
  • Distribution and management of herbicide-resistant weeds
  • Biology and ecology of troublesome weed species


Extension Interests

  • Update and develop weed management recommendations for corn, soybeans and small grains in Wisconsin
  • Serve Wisconsin growers, consultants and agricultural industry professionals
  • Herbicide evaluation program
  • North Central Weed Science Society, Outstanding Young Scientist Award, 2021
  • University of Wisconsin-Madison, Alfred Toepfer Faculty Fellow Award, 2020-2021
  • Wisconsin Association of County Agricultural Agents, Second Mile Award, 2020
  • Weed Science Society of America, Outstanding Graduate Student Award, 2016
  • University of Nebraska-Lincoln Dean’s Fellowship, 2014-2015 & 2015-2016
  • Milton E. Mohr Award (Biotechnology Degree Program Recipient), 2014-2015 & 2015-2016
  • Weed Science Society of America, Outstanding Paper in Weed Technology, 2014
  • Widaman Trust Distinguished Graduate Assistant Award, 2013-2014
  • North Central Weed Science Society, Outstanding Graduate Student Award, 2013
  • University of Nebraska Student Government, Graduate Student of the Year, 2012-2013