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Building Better Soils with Cover Crops
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About the Speaker
Associate Professor, Environmental Soil Science and Management Specialist
Agronomy, Kansas State University
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. Dr. Presley's 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.
Cover crops offer potential benefits for improving soil health, but are also a complex topic in many ways. Understanding their impacts on soil–crop relationships is essential to the development of sustainable cover cropping systems.There are a lot of choices, each with different strengths and weaknesses.