Steckel Named Cotton Researcher of the Year


MEMPHIS, Tenn. - Agriculture industry leaders have bestowed the title of Cotton Researcher of the Year to the University of Tennessee Institute of Agriculture's Larry Steckel. The award was presented on January 13 at the National Conservation Systems Cotton and Rice Conference in Memphis.

Steckel is an associate professor with UT's department of Plant Sciences. As a Row Crop Weed Specialist, he conducts most of his studies at the West Tennessee AgResearch and Education Center in Jackson and the AgResearch and Education Center at Milan. However the impacts of his efforts go much farther than West Tennessee as he is considered one of the leaders in developing programs to combat the glyphosate-resistant weed epidemic.

The National Conservation Systems Cotton and Rice Conference (now in its 19th year) brings together farmers and crop consultants from across the nation to learn about reducing costs and increasing yields in cotton, rice, soybeans and corn. According to a conference press release, Steckel earned the title of Cotton Researcher of the Year thanks to his outstanding applied research and extension effort, his commitment to student education and his dedication to growers and professionals in the cotton industry.