Kurt Steinke, PhD

Kurt Steinke


Department of Plant, Soil and Microbial Sciences

Associate Professor

Telephone: 517-353-0271

Plant and Soil Sciences Building
1066 Bogue St, East Lansing, MI 48824

Area of Expertise:

Soil Fertility and Nutrient Management

MSU Extension

Extension Specialist - Soil Science

Saginaw Valley Research and Extension Center

Extension Specialist - Soil Science

Area of Expertise:

Applied research and outreach across sugarbeet, corn, soybean, wheat, and potato production systems.

Montcalm Research Center

Extension Specialist


Ph.D., University of Wisconsin
M.S., University of Wisconsin
B.S., University of Wisconsin-Stevens Point 

General areas of expertise:

Sugarbeet, corn, soybean, wheat, potato, and turfgrass

Overview of current program:

Teaching, research, and extension; Research interests include improving the ecological efficiency and refining nutrient management strategies for a broad array of production agricultural systems, evaluating the environmental impacts of managed ecosystems, managing phosphorus-enriched stormwater runoff, environmental stress physiology and management, and drought and water management. 


Refereed Publications:  

  1. Rutan, J., and K. Steinke. 2017. Determining corn nitrogen rates using multiple prediction models. J. Crop Improv. 31(6):780-800. 
  2. Steinke, K. and C. Bauer. 2017. Enhanced efficiency fertilizer effects in Michigan sugarbeet production. J. of Sugarbeet Res. 54:2-19.
  3. Swoish, M., and K. Steinke. 2017. Plant growth regulator and nitrogen applications for improving wheat production in Michigan. Crop, Forage, and Turfgrass Mgmt. Vol. 3. doi:10.2134/cftm2016.06.0049.
  4. Lindsey, A., K. Steinke, J. Rutan, and P. Thomison. 2016. Relationship of DGCI and SPAD values to corn grain yield in the Eastern Corn Belt. Crop, Forage, and Turfgrass Mgmt. Vol. 2. doi: 10.2134/cftm2015.0184.
  5. Steinke, K., J. Rutan, and L. Thurgood. 2015. Corn response to nitrogen at multiple sulfur rates. Agron. J. 107:1347-1354.  
  6. Wilkerson, G., G. Buol, Z. Yang, C. Peacock, M. McCready, K. Steinke, and D. Chalmers. 2015. Modeling response of warm-season turfgrass to drought and irrigation. Agron. J. 107:515-523.
  7. Spangler, A., C. Sprague, and K. Steinke. 2014. Impact of nitrogen and weeds on glyphosate-resistant sugarbeet yield and quality. Weed Tech. 28:189-199.
  8. Lindsey, L., K. Steinke, D. Warncke, and W. Everman. 2013. Nitrogen release from weed residue.  Weed Sci. 61:334-340. 
  9. Lindsey, L., D. Warncke, K. Steinke, and W. Everman. 2013. Fertilizer and population affects nitrogen assimilation of common lambsquarters (Chenopodium album) and redroot pigweed (Amaranthus retroflexus). Weed Sci. 61:131-135.   
  10. Steinke, K., W. R. Kussow, and J.C. Stier. 2013. Potential contributions of mature prairie and turfgrass to phosphorus in urban runoff. J. Environ. Qual. 42:1176-1184.
  11. Steinke, K., D. Chalmers, J. Thomas, R. White, C. Fontanier, and B. Wherley. 2013. Lateral spread of three warm-season turfgrass species as affected by prior summer water stress at two root zone depths. HortSci. 48(6):790-795.
  12. Steinke, K., and E. Ervin. 2013. Turfgrass Ecology. p.347-382. In J.C. Stier, S. Bonos, and B. Horgan (eds.) Turfgrass: Biology, Use, and Management. Agronomy Monograph 56. ASA, SSSA, CSSA, Inc. Madison, WI.
  13. Stier, J.C., K. Steinke, E. Ervin, F.R. Higginson, and P.E. McMaugh. 2013. Turfgrass Benefits and Issues. p. 105-146. In J.C. Stier, S. Bonos, and B. Horgan (eds.) Turfgrass: Biology, Use, and Management. Agronomy Monograph 56. ASA, SSSA, CSSA, Inc. Madison, WI.
  14. Fontanier, C., K. Steinke, J. Thomas, and R. White.  2011. Effects of venting aeration on neglected bermudagrass putting greens. Online. Applied Turfgrass Science doi:10.1094/ATS-2011-1201-01-RS.
  15. Pannkuk T., J.A. Peterson, K. Steinke, J. Thomas, D. Chalmers, and R. White.  2011. Carbon, nitrogen, and orthophosphate leaching from soil under single- and mixed-species landscapes. HortSci 46:1533-1539. 

Courses taught:  

  • CSS480, Soil Fertility and Nutrient Management