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Kirk A. Howatt

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Office: Loftsgard Hall 470F
Phone: (701) 231-7209
E-mail: Kirk.Howatt@ndsu.edu

Crop and Weed Sciences Undergraduate Program Coordinator
Associate Professor
Weed Science - Annual Weeds

While continuing to address control of weeds with historic persistence, such as wild oat, foxtails, kochia, and wild buckwheat, investigations for managing new weed concerns, such as downy and Japanese bromes and Persian darnel, are increasing. Incorporation of soil-applied herbicides in North Dakota cereals could prevent $350 million in lost revenue annually.

Increasing spray droplet size to reduce drift has reduced weed control by 10 to 50% for some herbicides used in cereals. Research continues to evaluate the extent of impact as well as the cause of this effect and corrective measures.

Teaching Responsibilities

Education

  • PhD 1999, Bioagricultural Sciences and Pest Management, Colorado State University, Fort Collins, CO
  • MS 1998, Plant Pathology and Weed Science, Colorado State University, Fort Collins, CO
  • BS 1992, Agronomy, University of Wisconsin, River Falls, WI

Professional Experience

  • 2006 - present: Associate Professor, Department of Plant Sciences, North Dakota State University, Fargo, ND
  • 1999 - 2006: Assistant Professor, Department of Plant Sciences, North Dakota State University, Fargo, ND

Professional Affiliation

  • Council for Agricultural Science and Technology
  • Gamma Sigma Delta
  • International Weed Science Society
  • Weed Science Society of America
  • North Central Weed Science Society
  • Western Society of Weed Science
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