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Bhupinder Farmaha

Assistant Professor
Nutrient Management Specialist
Agronomic Crops Program Team, Plant and Environmental Sciences Department, Experiment Station, Edisto Research and Education Center, Agricultural Services Laboratory

Office: 64 Research Road Blackville SC
Phone: 803-284-3343
Vita: Download CV


 Educational Background

Ph.D. Crop Sciences
University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign 2011

M. Tech. Soil & Water Eng.
Punjab Agricultural University, India 2004

B. Tech. Agri. Eng.
Punjab Agricultural University, India 2002


Graduate Student:
Adesuwa S. Erhunmwunse - M.S. Degree

I have 70% Extension and 30% research statewide responsibilities for soil nutrient management and plant mineral nutrition. My current interests are to benchmark crop productivity and resource use efficiency by integrating fundamental and applied research with crop models and “big data”. I will direct graduate and undergraduate students, visiting scientists, temporary workers, and technical support staff.

 Research Interests

• Evaluating management practices to optimize nutrient application rates

• Improving yield and nutrient and water use efficiency of various cropping systems

• Evaluating the impact of enhanced-efficiency fertilizers on nutrient use efficiency

 Extension and Outreach

• Provide support to county Extension Agents

• Conduct on-farm tests and demonstrations

• Participate in workshops and technology transfer via field days

• Provide research-based printed and web-based media to disseminate research-based knowledge on soil nutrient management and plant mineral nutrition


Farmaha, B.S., K.M. Eskridge, K.G. Cassman, H. Yang, J.E. Specht, and P. Grassini. 2016. Rotation impact on on-farm yield and input-use efficiency in high-yield irrigated maize-soybean systems. Agron. J. 108:2313–2321.

Farmaha, B.S., D.B. Lobell, K. Boone, K.G. Cassman, H.S. Yang, and P. Grassini. 2016. Contribution of persistent factors to yield gaps in high-yield irrigated maize. Field Crops Res. 186:124–132.

Farmaha, B.S., A.L. Sims, and J.J. Wiersma. 2015. Impact of nitrogen fertility on the production performance of four hard red spring wheat cultivars. Agron. J. 107:864–870.

Farmaha, B.S. 2014. Evaluating ANIMO model for predicting nitrogen leaching in rice and wheat. Arid Land Res. Manage. 28:25–35.

Farmaha, B.S., and A.L. Sims. 2013. The influence of PCU and urea fertilizer mixtures on spring wheat protein concentrations and economic returns. Agron. J. 105:1328–1334.

Farmaha, B.S., and A.L. Sims. 2013. Yield and protein response of wheat cultivars to polymer-coated urea and urea. Agron. J. 105:229–236.

Fernández, F.G., B.S. Farmaha, and E.D. Nafziger. 2012. Soil fertility status of soils in Illinois. Comm. Soil Sci. Plant Anal. 43:2897–2914.

Farmaha, B.S., F.G. Fernández, and E.D. Nafziger. 2012. Soybean seed composition, shoot-growth, and nutrient accumulation with P and K fertilization in no-till and strip-till. Agron. J.104:1006– 1015. (A photograph from this study was selected by the editorial board and it was published on a cover page of Agronomy Journal volume 104, issue 4, July 2012).

Farmaha, B.S., F.G. Fernández, and E.D. Nafziger. 2012. Distribution of soybean roots, soil-water, phosphorus and potassium concentrations with broadcast and subsurface-band fertilization. Soil Sci. Soc. Am. J. 76:1079–1089.

Farmaha, B.S., F.G. Fernández, and E.D. Nafziger. 2011. No-till and strip-till soybean production with surface and sub-surface phosphorus and potassium fertilization. Agron. J. 103:1862–1869.

Jalota, S.K., S. Singh, G.B.S. Chahal, S.S. Ray, S. Panigraghy, Bhupinder-Singh and K.B. Singh. 2010. Soil texture, climate and management effects on plant growth, grain yield and water use by rainfed maize-wheat cropping system: Field and simulation study. Agric. Water Manage. 97:83– 90.

Aggarwal, R., M. Kaushal, S. Kaur and B. Farmaha. 2009. Water resource management for sustainable agriculture in Punjab, India. Water Sci. Technol. 60:2905–2911.