Dr. Steckel, Associate Professor, Row Crop Weed Specialist, received his Ph.D. in 2003 from the University of Illinois, his M.S. in 1989 from the University of Missouri and his B.S. in 1987 from Western Illinois University. He was employed as a seed corn company agronomist in the private sector for ten years. Through his experiences as an agronomist he enjoyed working with farmers and helping them solve management challenges. His emphasis of study while at Illinois was researching the biology, ecology and management of a very troublesome pigweed species, common waterhemp.
Dr. Steckel has a 75% Extension and 25% Research appointment at the University of Tennessee. He has statewide extension responsibility as a weed specialist for all row crops. His research program is focused upon the study of the biology and management of weeds that are troublesome to Tennessee row crop producers