Dr. Hardev Sandhu
Associate Professor, Agronomy
My primary research responsibilities (60% FTE) include sugarcane cultivar development and management with a major focus on evaluation of new sugarcane clones for agronomic performance and disease resistance in on-farm multilocation trials. In addition, I conduct research to evaluate new agronomic practices (tillage, row spacing, planting and harvesting methods etc.) in sugarcane, energy cane and industrial hemp.
My extension responsibilities (40% FTE) involve leadership of the sugarcane focus action team and providing strong educational support to sugarcane producers and county extension faculty on sugarcane cultivar selection and management practices
- Evaluation of new sugarcane clones in a collaborative sugarcane cultivar development program (CP program) in Florida with a goal to release high yielding and disease resistant cultivars for organic and mineral soils.
- Agronomic research to evaluate new sugarcane management practices such as conservation tillage, harvest residue management and row spacing.
- Research in determining spatial variability in organic and mineral soils using ground sensors and UAVs to improve genotype selection and management practices in sugarcane.
- Research to identify good varieties and best agronomic practices for industrial hemp cultivation on organic soils in Florida.
- Evaluation of energy cane for its potential use as feedstock for lignocellulosic ethanol production in Southeastern United States.
- Enhance sugarcane profitability by educating growers on new sugarcane cultivars
- Educate clientele on sugarcane management practices with a specific emphasis on conservation tillage, precise nutrient management and harvest management
- Educate clientele on industrial hemp cultivation in organic soils in Florida
- Extend information on new energy cane cultivars and their management
Amandeep is a Ph.D. student and his research project is on evaluation of energycane (high fiber sugarcane) for biomass production and ecosystem services.
Simran is a Ph.D. student and her research project is on understanding sugarcane mechanical planting in Florida using systems approach.
Hima Varsha Madala:
Hima is a Ph.D. student and her research project is on understanding sugarcane ratooning ability through molecular and agronomic approaches.
Kristen is a Ph.D. student and her project is to understand cold tolerance in sugarcane through determination of cold tolerance thresholds, enzyme activities and recovery time in Florida varieties.
Google scholar link: https://scholar.google.com/citations?user=g9AdyOgAAAAJ&hl=en
Research gate link: https://www.researchgate.net/profile/Hardev_Sandhu2
EDIS link: https://edis.ifas.ufl.edu/topic_a-sandhuhs