DeAnn Presley

DeAnn Presley, PhD

Environmental Soil Science and Management

2712 Throckmorton PSC
1712 Claflin St
Manhattan, KS 66506

Ph: 785-532-1218

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Dr. Presley is a soil scientist who works on a range of projects spanning both agricultural and suburban environments. Currently, most of her extension and applied research is on the topics of cover crops and the benefits that they provide, namely, on how cover crops affect soil health and crop production.

“By specializing in environmental soil science, I am able to work at the interface of agricultural production and the conservation of natural resources,” Dr. Presley said.

During her professional career Dr. Presley has learned the importance of keeping an open mind and being flexible. These skills have proved vital in her position. Dr. Presley not only trains individuals in Extension but also actively seeks their suggestions for research projects.

“I truly enjoy interacting with others, and Extension is definitely a two-way form of communication,” said Dr. Presley.

Research & Extension

My research and extension interests include soil and water conservation, erosion control in both agricultural systems and urban/suburban environments, tillage and residue management effects on soil properties, bioenergy and biofuels, composting and application of organic materials to soils, providing education for onsite wastewater treatment professionals, and basic soil science education for youth.

Basic soil science education opportunities for youth that I have been involved with include elementary school students, 4-H groups including 4-H Range Youth Campers, and Envirothon. I coordinate land judging events for FFA and 4-H.

My research program is predominantly applied in response to the needs of agricultural producers and managers of soil resources. Current research topics include the agronomic, soil-water relations, and environmental impacts of harvesting crop residue; agronomic and soil quality effects of vertical tillage on corn production; effects of tillage, crop rotation and/or nitrogen fertilizer rates on soil properties; and impacts of cover crops on both soil and grain quality.


  • Ph.D. Agronomy, Kansas State University, 2007
  • M.S. Agronomy, Kansas State University, 2002
  • B.S. Agronomy, Iowa State University, 1999