My appointment at the University of Massachusetts consists of extension (50%), teaching (25%) and research (25%). Extension activities include “Crops, Dairy, Livestock, Equine” team leader for UMass Extension, state contact person for nutrient and manure management, pasture management, and agronomic crop production. I am also editor of Crops, Dairy, Livestock, and Equine Newsletter which is published four times a year. Other major outreach activities include statewide presentations and workshops on various topics, State Coordinator and State Host of New England Green Pastures. My research program is mainly focused on sustainable food and farming systems with special emphasis in using various cover crops to maintain soil health and to enhance environmental quality. My current research projects include nitrogen contribution of legumes to brewing barley, grazing cover crops, weed suppression in spinach and sweet corn by using forage radish, and feasibility of growing fava beans in Massachusetts. I teach “sustainable Soil and Crop Management”, “Pasture Management”, and “First-Year Seminar for Honor Students.” I have been author or co-author of four books including, Seed Dormancy and Germination (2000), Postharvest Physiology (1997), Sustainable Agriculture (1996), and Maximizing Crop Yield (1995). For recent published journal articles, please click on View Personal Webpage (above).
Projects sponsored by the Mass. Agricultural Experiment Station: