Kip Balkcom

Affiliate Associate Professor
Crop, Soil and Environmental Sciences

National Soil Dynamics Lab


2000 Ph.D., Iowa State University Soil Science (Soil Fertility)
1997 M.S., Auburn University (Soil Fertility/Chemistry)
1994 B.S., Auburn University (Agronomy and Soils)


Research program and goals are to develop technologies and strategies for managing soils to increase adoption of conservation production systems that reduce economic risks; improve farm profitability; improve soil quality and productivity; reduce economic risk from short-term droughts; and enhance carbon storage. These goals are accomplished by planning and conducting basic and applied research that focuses on complex interactions between crop and soil management systems with emphasis on cropping intensity/diversity, high residue conservation systems, cover crops, soil fertility and fertilizer practices, and soil compaction management. In addition, collaboration and cooperation with ARS research scientists at other locations in the Southeastern USA, the Natural Resources Conservation Service (NRCS), the Cooperative Extension Service, and with researchers and technology transfer specialists at Auburn University, Alabama A&M University, and other Land Grant institutions is essential to the success of these goals.


2003-present Affiliate Assistant Professor, Auburn University
2003-present Research Agronomist USDA-ARS, National Soil Dynamics Laboratory
2001-2003 Research Agronomist USDA-ARS, National Peanut Research Laboratory


  • Alabama Seedman’s Association Scholarship, College of Agriculture, Auburn University
  • 1994 James Philip Golson Scholarship Award, Alpha Gamma Rho Fraternity
  • 1994 Charles Chapman Memorial Scholarship, College of Agriculture, Auburn University 1996 A. L. Smith, Outstanding Graduate Student, Department of Agronomy and Soils, $250
  • 1996 Graduate Student Paper Competition (3 rd place; American Peanut Research and Education Society)
  • 1998 J. Fielding Reed PPI Fellowship, Phosphate and Potash Institute, $2,000
  • 2003 U.S. Department of Agriculture, $1,500, for outstanding job performance


  • American Peanut Research and Education Society
  • American Society of Agronomy
  • Soil Science Society of America
  • Southern Branch, American Society of Agronomy


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Auburn Univ, AL 36849