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Everglades Research and Education Center

Everglades Research and Education Center

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

Program Areas

  • Research
    • 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.
  • Extension
    • 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
  • Graduate Students

     

             Kristen Polacik – 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.

     Saroop Sandhu -Saroop is a Ph.D. student and his project is on identifying varieties and evaluating planting dates and fertilization rates for industrial hemp cultivation in organic soils in south Florida.

     Hima Madala - Hima is MS student and her research project is focused on evaluating mechanical versus manual sugarcane planting for their effect on yield in muck and sand soils in Florida.

  • Publications

Contact

Dr. Hardev Sandhu

Everglades Research & Education Center
Wedgworth Lab. Bldg., Rm. #129
3200 East Palm Beach Road
Belle Glade, FL 33430

Phone: (561) 993-1567
Email: hsandhu@ufl.edu

Agronomy Department