Scott D. Stewart

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  Entomology and Plant Pathology
Office: 216 WTREC Headquarters
Phone: (731) 425-4709

Biographical sketch

Dr. Scott Stewart is a Professor and Extension Specialist in the Department of Entomology and Plant Pathology. He received a Master’s degree from Texas A&M, a PhD from Auburn University, and worked at Mississippi State University before coming to Tennessee in 2002.

Scott's job is to provide extension agents, growers, crop consultants, and other agricultural professionals with the best information on managing insect pests of field crops such as cotton, corn, soybean, and wheat. Scott’s program is primarily funded with support from commodity boards, federal grants, industry contracts, and gifts. Presenting educational programs and development of online training materials are a big parts of his effort. Scott, his support team and graduate students also perform applied research related to insecticide efficacy, GMO technologies, pollinator health, and other pest management issues.

He enjoys working closely with his colleagues within UTIA and those in neighboring states, but the best part of his job is “giving the right advice at the right time”. He loves the immediate gratification of Extension and says “nothing is more gratifying than going home knowing you saved someone money that day”.

Recent Publications


Weather Stations
Researchers at UTIA are measuring weather data, and how rising temperatures impact farming and the number of insects.  
Bee Research
Researchers at the UT Institute of Agriculture are exploring reasons behind the decline of the honeybee population, including how agricutural pesticides might affect these beneficial insects.  
Insects are among the greatest threats to agriculture. Tennessee farmers have seen some pests disappear, but in the process, new ones emerged, and they are attacking fields.