Rishi Prasad

Assistant Professor & Extension Specialist

Crop, Soil and Environmental Sciences


  • 2014 Ph.D., University of Florida (Major: Soil and Water Science; Minor Agronomy)
  • 2010 M.S., West Virginia University (Agronomy)
  • 2007 B.S., G.B. Pant University of Agriculture and Technology, India (Agricultural Sciences)


  • 2017-present Assistant Professor and Extension Specialist-Animal Systems Environmental Specialist, Auburn University
  • 2016-2017 Postdoctoral Research Scholar, (USDA/Pennsylvania State University)
  • 2015-2016 Crop Nutrition & Systems Modelling Scientist, FarmLogs (Ann Arbor, MI)
  • 2014-2015 Postdoctoral Research Associate, Agronomy Department, Department of Agricultural and Biological
    Engineering, University of Florida
  • 2010-2014 Graduate Research Assistant, Soil and Water Sciences Department, University of Florida
  • 2007-2010 Graduate Research Assistant, Division of Plant and Soil Sciences, West Virginia University


  • 2017 U.S. Patent 9,652,840, System and method for remote nitrogen monitoring and prescription.
  • 2013 Best Oral Presentation Award, 14th Annual Soil and Water Science Research Forum, University of Florida
  • 2012 William Robertson Fellowship, Department of Soil and Water Sciences, University of Florida
  • 2012 Best Poster Award, 13th Annual Soil and Water Science Research Forum, University of Florida
  • 2011 Best Poster Award, S04/S08 Division, ASA-CSSA-SSSA Annual Meeting, San Antonio
  • 2009 Best Poster Award, S04/S08 Division, ASA-CSSA-SSSA Annual Meeting, Pittsburgh
  • 2003 National Talent Scholarship, Indian Council of Agricultural Research


  • American Society of Agronomy (ASA)
  • Crop Science Society of America (CSA)
  • Soil Science Society of America (SSSA)

Research Interests

My research uses a systems approach to solve environmental problems related to crop-livestock production systems. I believe in connecting the dots between different disciplines in agricultural sciences and deliver the research result to farmers, stake holders, policymakers and the general public and improve their quality of life and economic well-being. I conduct applied research in areas of:

  • Whole farm nitrogen (N) and phosphorus (P) balance.
  • Development of best management practices for nutrients (N and P) in crop and animal systems aimed to protect the water, soil and air quality.
  • Variable rate manure and fertilizer (N and P) prescription technology for crops.
  • Manure mineralization and 4Rs (right rate, right source, right time and right placement).
  • Greenhouse gas, ammonia and volatile organic compounds (VOC) reduction from animal-crop systems.
  • Climate change and climate smart agriculture through use of existing animal and crop models such as IFSM, DSSAT, APSIM.
  • Decision support tools to increase the resiliency of beef and poultry production systems in response to climate change.


My extension interests and program goals revolve around the ambit of agricultural sustainability and environmental quality. Helping farmers to practice science based agriculture is my top priority. I am very enthusiastic to solve problems related to nutrient management in crop and animal production systems.  As a researcher and an educator I methodically acquire, assess, and transmit robust scientific knowledge through traditional and non-traditional media such as timely extension articles, webinars, social media, and demonstration through field days and tours. One of my extension agenda is to build farm network where farmers can participate and share the results of their “On–Farm” research with fellow farmers and get benefited mutually.