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Department of Agronomy

Soil Management, Soil Health, and Cover Crops


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

Cover Crops

Kansas State is proud to be an active member of the Midwest Cover Crops Council, and the Cover Crop Decision Tool is an excellent place to get started when choosing a cover crop that is the right fit for your system.

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
Professor, Environmental Soil Science and Management
(785) 532-1218