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Agricultural Research Center – Hays

Soil Science

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 Augustine Obour, KSU Agricultural Research Center - Hays
 

The overall goal of the Soils Program at Hays is to identify and develop soil management and agronomic production practices which protect soil, water, and air resources while sustaining crop yields and maintaining soil and environmental quality. To achieve this goal, the Program strongly relies on basic and applied research principles. The program approach is based on the concept of multi-functionality in which soils are managed to provide a number of ecosystem services, including: 1) conserve and store water, 2) meet the increasing demands for food and fiber production, 3) filter and purify air and water, 4) store urban and industrial wastes, 5) sequester carbon (C) to offset the anthropogenic emissions of greenhouse gases (CO2, CH4, and NO2) that contribute to projected global climate change, and 6) sustain wildlife habitat.
 
The emphasis of the Program is to develop efficient soil and nutrient management cropping systems for western Kansas. Specific  research efforts are focused on 1) investigating soil fertility and nutrient management issues in dryland (water-limited) cropping systems , 2) investigate the interaction among tillage, cropping sequence and nutrient management and evaluate their impacts on crop productivity, nutrient cycling, C sequestration  and overall soil health, and 3) develop oilseed and bioenergy feedstock production recommendations for western Kansas.

 

In the News

 

Where you grow what you grow
By Adityarup “Rup” Chakravorty
Soil Society of America
05/24/17 - A new study, led by Augustine Obour at Kansas State University, looks at how three varieties of camelina perform when grown in two different regions within the Great Plains.  Continue reading on the Soil Society of America website ...

 

Publications

Walsh, M.J., R.W. Groose, A.K. Obour, D.A. Claypool, R.H. Delaney and J.M. Krall.  2013. Seed persistence in soil of five medic cultivars in southeastern Wyoming, USA. Crop Sci.53:674-678.  

Islam, M.A., A.K. Obour, J.M. Krall, J.T. Cecil, and J.J. Nachtman. 2013. Performance of turfgrass under supplemental irrigation and rain-fed conditions in the Central Great Plains of USA. Grassland Sci. 59:111-119.  

Islam, M.A., A.K. Obour, M.C. Saha, J.J. Nachtman, and R.E. Baumgartner. 2013. Small grains have forage production potential and nutritive value in Central High Plains of Wyoming. Forage and Grazinglands. doi:10.1094/FG-2013-0121-02-RS.  

Islam, M.A., A.K. Obour, M.C. Saha, J.J. Nachtman, W.K. Cecil, and R.E. Baumgartner. 2013. Grain yield, forage yield, and nutritive value of dual-purpose small grains in the Central High Plains of USA. Crop Management. doi:10.1094/CM-2012-0154-RS.  

Agyin-Birikorang, S., Y.C. Newman, A.K. Obour, and G.N. Kasozi. 2012. Agro-ecological nitrogen management in soils vulnerable to nitrate leaching: a case study in the lower Suwannee watershed. Nutr. Cycl. Agroecosyst. 92: 91-105.  

Silveira, M.L., A.K. Obour, J.M. Vendramini, and L.E. Sollenberger. 2011. Using tissue analysis as a tool to predict bahiagrass phosphorus fertilization requirement. J. Plant Nutr. 34:2193-2205.  

Obour, A.K., M.L. Silveira, J.M.B. Vendramini, L.E. Sollenberger, G.A. O’Connor, and J.W. Jawitz, 2011. Agronomic and environmental impacts of phosphorus fertilization of low input bahiagrass systems in Florida. Nutr. Cycl. Agroecosyst. 89:281-290.  

Obour, A.K., J.M.B. Vendramini, M.L. Silveira, L.E. Sollenberger, G.A. O'Connor, and J. Jawitz. 2011. Phosphorus fertilization responses on bahiagrass pastures: forage production and water quality. Agron. J. 103:324-330.  

Silveira, M.L., A .K. Obour, J. Arthington, and L.E. Sollenberger. 2011. The cow-calf industry and water quality in South Florida, USA: a review. Nutr. Cycl. Agroecosyst. 89:439-452.  

Obour, A.K., M.L. Silveira, J.M.B.Vendramini, J. Jawitz, G.A. O’Connor and L.E. Sollenberger. 2011. A Phosphorus budget for bahiagrass pastures growing on a typical Florida spodosol. Agron. J. 103:611-616.  

Obour, A.K., M.L. Silveira, J.M.B. Vendramini, L.E. Sollenberger, andG.A.O'Connor.2011.Fluctuating water table effect on phosphorus release and availability from a Floridaspodosol. Nutr. Cycl. Agroecosyst. 91:207-217.

Obour, A.K., M.L. Silveira, J.M.B. Vendramini, M.B. Adjei, and L.E. Sollenberger. 2010.Evaluating cattle manure application strategies on phosphorus and nitrogen losses from a Florida spodosol. Agron. J. 102:1511-1521.  

Obour, A.K., M. L. Silveira, M.B. Adjei, J. M. Vendramini and J. E. Rechcigl. 2009. Cattle manure application strategies effects on bahiagrass yield, nutritive value, and phosphorus recovery. Agron. J. 101:1099-1107.  

Akromah, R., S.Y.C. Essah and A.K. Obour. 2009. Reaction of local and improved cassava germplasm to the African cassava mosaic virus disease. Crop Res. 38:219-223.

Contact Information

Augustine Obour

Augustine Obour
Soil Scientist
KSU Ag Research Center
1232 240th Avenue
Hays, Kansas 67601-9228
Phone: 785-625-3425 x215
Fax: 785-623-4369
Email: abour@ksu.edu
Website: Research Program

Brief Bio

Dr. Augustine Obour is an Assistant Professor of Soil Science at Kansas State University Agricultural Research Center, Hays. A native of Ghana, Obour earned a bachelor’s degree in Crop Science from the Kwame Nkrumah University of Science &Technology, Ghana. He holds a master’s degree in Agronomy and a Ph.D in Soil and Water Science from the University of Florida.

His expertise is in soil and nutrient management with emphasis in tillage and nutrient management interactions in dryland cropping systems. He worked as a research scientist for the University of Wyoming from 2010 to 2013. He joined Kansas State University in May 2013.