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Peter Kovacs

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Assistant Professor, Precision Ag. Cropping Systems

Office Building

Berg Agricultural Hall



Mailing Address

Berg Agricultural Hall 226
Agronomy, Horticulture & Plant Science-Box 2207A
University Station
Brookings, SD 57007


Dr. Kovács born and raised in Hungary, where he grew up in a small town, in the country’s primary agricultural production area. Péter received his MSc degree in Agricultural Engineering at the Szent István University. He participated in a double degree program through the Erasmus student exchange program to earn his MSc degree in Geographical Information Management at Cranfield University in the United Kingdom.
Dr. Kovács participated in farm exchange program sponsored by the Hungarian Department of Agriculture and Rural Development. He has worked on a family farm in west central Minnesota, and witnessed the adaptation of the use of precision agriculture tools in crop production.

During his PhD studies at Purdue University he was also involved teaching labs for undergraduate courses, and was a graduate advisor for the Agronomy Club.
Currently, Péter is an Associate Editor for Agronomy Journal, and he is also actively involved in the reviewing process for several International Journals.

Dr. Kovács has joined SDSU in November 2016 with research focus on Precision Ag Cropping Systems.


Ph.D., Agronomy, Purdue University (West Lafayette, IN), 2013
M.Sc., Geographical Information Management, Cranfield University (Cranfield, UK), 2008
M.Sc., Agricultural Engineer, Szent István University (Gödöllő, Hungary), 2008

Academic Responsibilities

Teaching PS-103 Crop Production class
Teaching PRAG-423/523 Soil Fertility and Plant Nutrient Management
Teaching PS/HO-490 Internship, and PS/HO-494 Internship Seminar courses
Internship Coordinator
Faculty Advisor for the Agronomy and Conservation Club

Awards and Honors

Teacher of the Year - Agronomy and Conservation Club, SDSU - 2018
International Plant Nutrition Institute (IPNI) Scholar Award - 2013
Outstanding Graduate Student - North-Central Extension-Industry Soil Fertility Conference - 2012


Investigating impact of starter fertilizer placement on plant development, grain yield, and nutrient uptake, SD Nutrient Research and Educational Council, 2021 -
Investigating fertilizer response and requirement in high protein soybean varieties, SD Nutrient Research and Educational Council, 2021 -
Sulfur source and application timing effect on soybean yield. Funding Agency: SD Nutrient Research and Educational Council, 2019 -
Survey of South Dakota producers' current nutrient management practices. Funding Agency: SD Nutrient Research and Educational Council, 2019 -
Effect of cultural practices on soybean seed quality: A review and research studies - Funding Agency: United Soybean Board, 2017 -

In-season N application in corn to improve fertilizer efficiency in eastern South Dakota - Funding Agency: SD Nutrient Research and Educational Council, 2018 - 2020

Professional Memberships

International Society of Precision Agriculture - 2014 to present
American Society of Agronomy - 2012 to present
Crop Science Society of America - 2012 to present
Soil Science Society of America - 2012 to present

Area(s) of Research

Goal of the research program to improve the production of crops relevant to South Dakota using precision agriculture techniques while keep environmental stewardship in focus. My research focus is to improve crop production and input (e.g. nutrient, seed, etc.) use efficiency through the understanding of genotype x environment x management practice interactions and incorporate precision ag and remote sensing techniques into crop management and (immediate or future) decision making process(es).
In addition, we address today’s agronomic challenges and evaluate upcoming production systems and resources.

Main areas of research:
Precision Agriculture
Cropping Systems
Plant Nutrition
Tillage Systems
Applied Crop Physiology

Students interested in graduate school in these areas contact me with your CV and Statement of Research Interest.

Applications of Research

Most Significant Publications:
Bergman, K., I.A. Ciampitti, P. Sexton, and P. Kovács. 2021. Fungicide, insecticide, and foliar fertilizer effect on soybean yield, seed composition and canopy retention. Agrosystems, Geoscience, & Environment. e20116.
Avemegah, E., W. Gu, A. Abulbasher, K. Koci, A. Ogunyiola, J. Eduful, S. Li, K. Barington, T. Wang, D. Kolady, L. Perkins, J. Leffler, P. Kovács, J. Clark, D. Clay, and J. Ulrich-Schad. 2020. An examination of best practices for survey research with agricultural producers. Society and Natural Resources. DOI: 10.1080/08941920.2020.1804651
Gautam A., U. Sekaran, J. Guzman, P. Kovács, J.L.G. Hernandez, and S. Kumar. 2020. Responses of soil microbial community structure and enzymatic activities to long-term application of mineral fertilizer and beef manure. Environmental and Sustainability Indicitaors. 8:100073
Carciochi, W., L.M. Rosso, M. Secchi, A. Torres, S. Naeve, S. Casteel, P. Kovács, D. Davidson, L. Purcell, S. Archontoulis, and I. Ciampitti. 2019. Soybean yield, biological N2 fixation and seed composition responses to additional inoculation in the United States. Sci. Rep. 9:19908.
Assefa, Y., L.C. Purcell, M. Salmeron, S. Naeve, S.N. Casteel, P. Kovács, S. Archontoulis, M. Licht, F. Below, H. Kandel, L.E. Lindsey, J. Gaska, S. Conley, C. Shapiro, J.M. Orlowski, B.R. Golden, G. Kaur, M. Singh, K. Thelen, R. Laurenz, D. Davidson, and I.A. Cimapitti. 2019. Assessing Variation in US Soybean Seed Composition (Protein and Oil). Frontiers in Plant Science. doi:10.3389/fpls.2019.00298
Y. Assefa, N. Bajjalieh, S. Archontoulis, S. Casteel, D. Davidson, P. Kovács, S. Naeve & Ignacio A. Ciampitti. 2018. Spatial Characterization of Soybean Yield and Quality (Amino Acids, Oil, and Protein) for United States. Scientific Reports vol. 8, Article number: 14653. doi: 10.1038/s41598-018-32895-0
Kovács, P., and T.J. Vyn. 2017. Relationships between ear-leaf nutrient concentrations at silking and corn biomass and grain yields at maturity. Agron. J. 109:2898-2906.
Tamagno, S., G.R. Balboa, Y. Assefa, P. Kovács, S.N. Casteel, F. Salvagiotti, F.O. García, W.M. Stewart, and I.A. Ciampitti. 2017. Nutrient partitioning and stoichiometry in soybean: A synthesis-analysis. Field Crops Res. 200:18-27.
Kovács, P., G.E. Van Scoyoc, T.A. Doerge, J.J. Camberato, and T.J. Vyn. 2015. Anhydrous ammonia timing and rate effects on maize N use efficiencies with parallel-to-row placement. Agron. J. 107:1205-1214.
Omonode, R.A., P. Kovács, and T.J. Vyn. 2015. Tillage and nitrogen rate effects on area- and yield-scaled nitrous oxide emissions from pre-plant anhydrous ammonia. Agron. J.107:605-614.
Kovács, P., and T.J. Vyn. 2014. Full-season retrospectives on causes of plant-to-plant variability in maize grain yield response to nitrogen and tillage. Agron. J. 106:1746-1757.
Kovács, P., G.E. Van Scoyoc, T.A. Doerge, J.J. Camberato, and T.J. Vyn. 2014. Pre-plant anhydrous ammonia placement consequences on no-till versus conventional-till maize growth and N responses. Agron. J. 160:634-644.



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