Micheal D.K. Owen

Dr. Micheal D. K. Owen is a University Professor and associate chair in the Department of Agronomy and an extension weed specialist for Iowa State University Extension and Outreach. He is also an adjunct professor in the Department of Vegetable Protection at Esculea Agricola Panamericana at Zamorano, Honduras. 

Dr. Owen earned his bachelor's degree in botany and plant physiology in 1974, and his master's degree in botany and weed science in 1975 from Iowa State University. He received his doctoral degree in agronomy and weed science from the University of Illinois in 1982, while serving as an extension agronomist. Prior to joining the faculty at Iowa State University, he was an assistant professor with responsibilities in teaching and extension at the University of Florida.

His research interests include herbicidal weed management, weed biology, and plant stress physiology. In addition, he has considerable experience in herbicide resistant weed genetics and management. Dr. Owen has directed more than 50 graduate students, including 17 doctorate candidates. He was also a co-author of the National Research Council report “The Impact of Genetically Engineered Crops on Farm Sustainability in the United States,” released in 2010. 

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February 16, 2018 11:50 AM

Dr. Fred Gould, University Distinguished Professor and Reynolds Professor of Entomology at North Carolina State University will present the 29th Staniforth Memorial Lecture on April 3rd at 4PM in the Curtiss Hall Auditorium on the Iowa State University Campus.  Dr. Gould...

May 30, 2017 2:35 PM

The 2017 North Central Weed Science Society (NCWSS) Collegiate Weed Contest will be hosted by Iowa State University at the Field Extension Education Laboratory (FEEL) near Boone, IA on July 26-27, 2017. Undergraduate and graduate students from universities throughout the Midwestern United States...

May 4, 2017 10:09 AM

The 2017 ISU Herbicide Research Program Field Day will be held on June 22 at the Curtiss Farm located on South State Street in Ames, IA.

Attendees will have the opportunity to review new herbicides, application techniques and other weed management strategies in corn and...

February 11, 2017 11:09 AM

Planning on attending the Commodity Classic in San Antonio in March?   Have experience with herbicide resistant weeds?  

If you are involved in crop production in Iowa, the answer to the second question is yes.  The Weed Science Society of America is sponsoring a listening session at the...

Herbicide Resistance
December 12, 2016 7:34 AM

The 2017 version of WC 94 - Herbicide guide for Iowa corn and soybean production - is now available.  The guide includes several tables providing information on herbicide effectiveness, composition of package mixes, and herbicide sites of action.  In addition the guide...

January 19, 2016 3:07 PM

The weed control results from 2015 are now available.  The report includes experiments and demonstrations conducted at several of the Iowa State University Research Farms, as well...

Weeds, Herbicide Resistance
December 16, 2015 3:30 PM

The new 2016 Herbicide Guide for Iowa Corn and Soybean Production publication provides information on product and management updates, the role of preemergence herbicides in...

Crop Production, Weeds, Herbicide Resistance