Mr. Augustine Obour was born on March 3, 1973 to Mr. and Mrs. Bekoe at Berekum in the Brong Ahafo of Ghana. He enrolled in Sunyani Secondary School where he earned his GCE ‘O’ and ‘A’ Level certificates in 1994 and 1997, respectively. Augustine taught at Berekum secondary school as part of his national service requirement as an integrated science tutor from 1997 to 1998. He graduated with a BSc Agriculture Degree from the Kwame Nkrumah University of Science and Technology (KNUST) Kumasi, Ghana in May 2002. Before joining the Doctor of Plant Medicine program at the University of Florida in August 2004, he worked as a Teaching Assistant at the Biotechnology Unit of the Crop Science Department of KNUST.
Mr. Obour joined the Agronomy Department in spring 2005 to pursue a Master of Science degree with Dr. M. B. Adjei (of Blessed memory) at the Range Cattle Research and Education Center in Ona as his mentor. His research was focused on the development of efficient manure application strategies to reduce environmental impacts associated with manure usage in forage production systems. Augustine graduated with an Msc degree in Agronomy in May 2007. He is currently working on his PhD with Dr Silveira the Soil and Water Science Program in Ona.
- Augustine’s PhD work is focused on environmental issues of Nitrogen (N) and Phosphorus (P) fertilization of bahiagrass pastures in south Florida. The current UF/IFAS fertilizer recommendation for grazed bahiagrass pastures in south Florida is 50 lbs N/A with no Phosphorus fertilization. The idea had been that droppings of grazing animals will supply enough P to meet bahiagrass growth. However, manure is not uniformly distributed on grazed pastures because animals tend to concentrate on feeding areas and under shady trees. Hence, manure deposition is usually concentrated around these areas where animal spend more time. There is therefore the need for supplemental P fertilization to argument what is supplied from manure deposition. The study will answer the question on the minimum amount of P fertilizer required to increased bahiagrass yield under both grazing and hay condition and also prevent P risk to the environment.
This research will contributed immensely to the revising and development of the new UF/IFAS bahiagrass P fertilization under both grazing and hay conditions.