Chae Lee

Chad Lee
Director of Grain and Forage Center of Excellence
Extension Professor

Professional Profile

Dr. Chad Lee is an Extension Professor for Grain Crops at the University of Kentucky and Director of the new Grain and Forage Center of Excellence. The Grain and Forage Center of Excellence is a team of people focused on intensive agriculture and environmental quality. While the nucleus of this Center is at Princeton, KY, the people, research and extension efforts are across the Commonwealth. Through partnerships with citizens, commodity organizations, government-appointed boards, local industries and the greater agricultural community, the University of Kentucky is expanding its infrastructure to attract additional talented people to address questions relevant to the viability and sustainability of grain and forage management.


Dr. Lee leads an applied research program in corn, soybean and small grain agronomy. Projects largely focus on no-tillage systems where soil quality is as important as high yields. Dr. Lee provides leadership across Kentucky in Extension activities and teaches a grain and oilseed course to undergraduate and graduate students.


  • B.S., Agriculture, Berea College, 1996
  • M.S., Agronomy, University of Nebraska-Lincoln, 1998
  • Ph.D., Crop & Soil Sciences, Michigan State University, 2002

Additional Information


Corn, Soybean and Small Grains Production.  Director, Grain and Forages Center of Excellence.  Lead an applied research program to support Extension activities.  Oversight of the Kentucky corn hybrid performance tests.  Provide statewide leadership for the development and delivery of information for the production and management of Kentucky's grain crops which include corn, soybean, and small grains.  Interact with commodity grain associations.