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Soil Management, Soil Health, and Cover Crops at K-State

Soil management can include research on tillage practices, cover crops, residue management (including residue removal), compaction, soil amendments, composting, and onsite wastewater systems.

Registration open for KSU Composting Schools

The Kansas Composting Operators’ School provides hands-on training in municipal, agricultural, and commercial large-scale composting for operators and managers of compost facilities who want to gain knowledge and experience in composting. This year we will have two classes, one in Hays and one in Winfield.

Download the flyer/registration form. Forms can be mailed with a check to the address on the form, or use the links below to register online. (Credit cards can only be used when registering online).

Register online for Hays, May 9-10, 2018

Register online for Winfield, May 15-16, 2018

The program includes classroom and laboratory instruction along with field activities. Field activities will include a demonstration of composting equipment such as a turner, and collection of compost samples for testing for maturity as well as chemical and physical properties.

Cover Crops

Evaluating Multi-Species Cover Crops for Forage Production

Impact of Cover Crops and Phosphorus Fertilizer Management on Nutrient Cycling in No-Tillage Corn-Soybean Rotation

Cover Crop Impacts on Soil Water Status

Cover Crop Effects on Corn in a Corn/Soybean Rotation

Fallow Replacement Crop (Cover Crops, Annual Forages, and Short-Season Grain Crops) Effects on Wheat and Grain Sorghum Yields

Austrian Winter Pea

Cover Crop System to Control Charcoal Rot in Soybeans

Kansas Agricultural Watershed (KAW) Field Research Facility

The Kansas Agricultural Watershed (KAW) Field Laboratory is an outdoor lab designed for the development of sustainable agricultural systems and evaluation of their effects on water quality. The goal is to provide producers with flexible management options that maximize profitability while protecting soil and water resources. For a tour of this facility, please contact one of the researchers listed on the KAW website, or Dr. DeAnn Presley, deann@ksu.edu  Visitors are always welcome.


Photograph of DeAnn Presley

DeAnn Presley
Associate Professor, Environmental Soil Science and Management
(785) 53-1218