Helmut is an agronomist with a PhD in agricultural sciences/weed science from the University of Hohenheim, Germany. As visiting scientist with the USDA in Texas, he worked on remote sensing related topics. Consultancies for the German GTZ on weed problems in agricultural production systems brought him to various countries in Africa, Asia and the Middle East.
In 1985 Helmut joined BASF by becoming Manager of the Agric. Research Station in Greenville, Mississippi. In 2003 the WSSA elected him as Honorary Member for his contributions to weed science with a global perspective. He also served as President of the EWRS.
A few years ago Helmut retired from BASF where he had been responsible for most of his 25 years of service for the discovery and development of new herbicides. In addition to this primary function he was appointed Director/VP of Global Development Agricultural Products.
After his retirement Helmut started his own firm “AgroField Consulting”. Most of his projects are related to agriculture and crop protection research, biologicals included.