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
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 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

 Courses Taught

Soil Testing and Plant Analysis


Graduate Students:

Christianah Oladoye - Ph.D. Degree
Shikha Dubey - Ph.D. Degree
Shruthy Suresh Kumar - M.S. Degree

I have 70% Extension and 30% research statewide responsibilities for soil nutrient management and plant mineral nutrition. The goal of my research and extension program at Clemson is to improve the sustainability of South Carolina’s Agroecosystems in terms of profitability, environmental stewardship, and social acceptance. Specifically, I focus on developing nutrient management practices and precision agriculture technologies for major crops in order to maximize economic returns and reduce the potential of nutrient losses to the environment, particularly nitrogen and phosphorus. In my extension activities, I seek to provide relevant, unbiased, and timely research-based information that is transformed into usable knowledge to benefit my clientele. In addition to my research and extension responsibilities, I also advise graduate students and supervise undergraduate students, research scholars, temporary workers, and technical support staff.

 Research Interests

My goal is to develop a nationally recognized externally funded applied research program, which includes the development of technologies capable of enhancing current nutrient management strategies resulting in increased yields and nutrient use efficiency.

Objectives of my research program are:
1) Verifying and updating fertilizer recommendations for various crops in South Carolina.
2) Assess the impact of including cover crops in South Carolina cropping systems on nutrient management and soil health.
3) Identify a set of biological soil health tests that are easy to use and stable over time in determining nutrient recycling using pre-plant soil sampling;

 Extension and Outreach

My extension program provides current soil fertility management information to county extension agents, crop consultants, producers, fertilizer dealers, environmentalists, and researchers.

Objectives of my extension program are:
1) Demonstrate the agronomic and economic benefits of using best fertilizer management practices through on-farm trials and facilitate the grower adoption of these practices.
2) Provide local information to clientele about the use of cover crops and their management practices so to diversify SC cropping systems through on-farm demonstrations;
3) Provide need-based training to extension teams through workshops, field days, email alerts, extension articles, and media reports regarding various soil and crop management challenges and issues and how to address them.


Refereed journal articles:

Clay, L., K. Perkins, M. Motallebi, A. Plastina, and B. S. Farmaha. 2020. The perceived benefits, challenges, and environmental effects of cover crop implementation in South Carolina. Agric. 10:372. doi:10.3390/agriculture10090372
Sekaran, U., K.L. Sagar, L. G. D. O. Denardin, J. Singh, N. Singh, G.O. Abagandura, S. Kumar, B.S. Farmaha, A. Bly, and A.P. Martins. 2020. Responses of soil biochemical properties and microbial community structure to short and long-term no-till systems. Eur. J. Soil Sci.1–16. doi: 10.1111/ejss.12924.
Chatterjee, A., A.F. De Jesus, D. Goyal, S. Sigdel, L.J. Cihacek, B.S. Farmaha, S. Jagadamma, L. Sharma, D.S. Long. 2020. Temperature sensitivity of nitrogen dynamics of agricultural soils of the United States. Open J. Soil Sci. 10:298-305.
Gibson, K.E.B., H.S. Yang, T. Franz, D. Eisenhauer, J.B. Gates, P. Nasta, B.S. Farmaha, and P. Grassini. 2018. Assessing explanatory factors for variation in on-farm irrigation in US maize-soybean systems. Agric. Water Manage. 197: 34–40.
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.
Bali, S.K., Raj-Kumar, H.S. Hundal, K. Singh, and B. Singh. 2010. GIS-aided mapping of DTPA extractable zinc and soil characteristics in the state of Punjab. J. Indian Soc. Soil Sci. 58:189–199.
Kumar, R., P.K. Mehra, B. Singh, H.S. Jassal and B.D. Sharma. 2010. Geo-statistical and visualization analysis of crop suitability for diversification in sub-mountain area of Punjab, North-West, India. Photonirvachak—J. Indian Soc. Remote Sens. 38:211–226.
Kumar, R. H.S. Hundal, S.K. Bali, B. Singh, and B. Singh. 2010. GIS based available macro-nutrient mapping and precision fertilizer recommendations in Punjab. Indian J. Fert. 6:25–35.
Raj-Kumar, P.K. Mehra, Bhupinder-Singh, H.S. Jassal and B.D. Sharma. 2009. Crop suitability analysis for crop diversification in the sub-mountain zone—a case study. J Res. Punjab Agric. Univ. 46:153–162.
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.
Anco, D., J. S. Thomas, M. Marshall, K. R. Kirk, M. T. Plumblee, B. S. Farmaha, J. Payero, and N. Smith. 2020. Peanut Money-Maker 2020 Production Guide. Clemson Cooperative Extension. EC 588.
Jones, M.A., B.S. Farmaha, J. Greene, M. Marshall, J.D. Mueller, and N.B. Smith. 2019. South Carolina cotton growers’ guide. Clemson Cooperative Extension. EC 589.
Farmaha, B.S. 2019. Basis of Selecting a Lime Material. Clemson (SC): Clemson Cooperative Extension, Land-Grant Press by Clemson Extension; 2019. LGP 1023.
Farmaha, B.S., U. Sekaran, and M. Marshall. 2020. Cover crops for Weeds and Nutrient Management. Clemson (SC): Clemson Cooperative Extension, Land-Grant Press by Clemson Extension; 2020.
Farmaha, B.S., D. Park, and W. Caughman 2020. Precision Agriculture Based Soil Sampling Strategies. Clemson (SC): Clemson Cooperative Extension, Land-Grant Press by Clemson Extension; 2020.