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Larry Steckel

Professor, Row Crop Weed Specialist

Department of Plant Science

West TN Research and Education Center

605 Airways Blvd

Jackson, TN 38301

Phone: (731) 425-4705

Fax: (731) 425-4720



Larry Steckel was raised on a small farm near Carrollton, Illinois. He received his B.S. in agronomy in 1987 from Western Illinois University and his M.S. in Weed Science from the University of Missouri in 1989.  Larry took a position with Pioneer Hi Bred Inernational. in 1989 where
he worked for 10 years as an Agronomist covering the southern third of Illinois. He left Pioneer in 2000 to pursue a Ph.D at the University of Illinois.  Upon receiving his Ph.D
in 2003, Larry joined the Plant Sciences Department at the University of Tennessee as an Assistant Professor.

Currently, he is a Professor in Weed Science with a 75%Extension and 25% AgResearch appointment at UT. His extension/outreach efforts have been recognized for several awards including the Cavendar award for Outstanding Extension publication from the UT Institute of Agriculture and in 2012 when he was awarded the Excellence in Extension Award from Gamma Sigma Delta.   Dr. Steckel also maintains an extensive applied research program on weed management in agronomic crops in Tennessee.  His research focus is the study of the biology and management of glyphosate-resistant horseweed, giant ragweed and Palmer amaranth. His research efforts were recognized in 2013 when he was awarded the Ag Research Impact Award by the UT Institute of Agriculture. While Dr. Steckel directs much of his research and extension efforts on very troublesome and economically important weeds, he and his graduate students evaluate novel integrated weed management technologies fit in Tennessee row crop agriculture.