Graduate Student Kelsey.Vaughn@siu.edu Education M.S. student, Plant, Soil and Agricultural Systems, Southern Illinois University B.S. Agribusiness and Agronomy Management, Illinois State University, 2020
Kelsey was born and raised in a rural town in Central Illinois. While attending Illinois State University majoring in Agribusiness, she found a passion for crop and soil science and added her second major in Agronomy Management. Throughout her time at Illinois State, she held an internship with Monsanto working with seed corn production. She also held an internship with GROWMARK in the crop protection division where her duties involved analyzing corn and soybean tissue testing results. She was involved in many registered student organizations during her time at ISU including Sigma Alpha, Agricultural Sorority where she served as her Chapter President. She was also a member of Ag Science Club, Agriculture Ambassadors, and Alpha Zeta, Agricultural Honors Fraternity.
Kelsey is working on an Illinois Farm Bureau funded project evaluating phosphorus-based as an alternative to nitrogen-based manure management for maintaining soil test phosphorus, improving soil health, and overall farm profitability in corn or corn-winter cereal rye double cropping systems. Kelsey also works on on-farm research trials to determine the best harvesting date of winter cereal rye in response to spring nitrogen fertilizer.