Maninder Singh, Ph.D.

Maninder Singh

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Assistant Professor of Cropping Systems Agronomy
Cropping Systems Agronomy



Ph.D., University of Florida, Agronomy
M.S., Punjab Agricultural University, Agronomy
B.S. (Hons.), Guru Nanak Dev University, India, Agriculture

Overview of current program:

Dr. Singh’s research, extension, and teaching program at MSU focuses on current and emerging issues in cropping systems of Michigan with an overall goal to improve the productivity, profitability, and resiliency of these systems. Variety selection (G) and improved management (M) strategies are explored in the context of climatic patterns, modern farming practices, and economic conditions. Current research is focused on management practices such as planting methods including the role of seed placement accuracy, planting time and density, crop diversity, harvest decisions including drydown, and plant-pathogen interactions in corn, soybean, and wheat-based cropping systems.

Courses Taught:

  • CSS212 Advanced Crop production, starting Fall 2017.



  1. Kaur, H., C. Difonzo, M. Chilvers, and K. Cassida, and M.P. Singh. 2022. Hybrid insect protection and fungicide application for managing ear rots and mycotoxins in silage corn. Agronomy Journal.

  2. Luiz Felipe Antunes de Almeida, A.A. Correndo, J. Ross, M. Litcht, S. Casteel, M. Singh, S. Naeve, R. Vann, J. Bais, H. Kandel, L. Lindsey, S. Conley, J. Kleinjan, P. Kovács, D. Berning, T. Hefley, M. Reiter, D. Holshouser, and I.A. Ciampitti. 2023. Soybean yield response to nitrogen and sulfur fertilization in the United States: contribution of soil N and N fixation processes. European Journal of Agronomy. 

  3. Shrestha, R.K., P.A. Jacinthe, R. Lal, K. Lorenz, M.P. Singh, S.M. Demyan, W. Ren, and L.E. Lindsey. 2023. Biochar as a negative emission technology: A synthesis of field research on greenhouse gas emissions. Journal of Environment Quality.

  4. Kick, D.R., J.G. Wallace, J.C. Schnable, J.M. Kolkman, B. Alaca, T.M. Beissinger, D. Ertl, S. Flint-Garcia, J.L. Gage, C.N. Hirsch, J.E. Knoll, N. de Leon, D.C. Lima, D. Moreta, M.P. Singh, A. Thompson, T. Weldekidan, and J.D. Washburn. 2023. Yield Prediction Through Integration of Genetic, Environment, and Management Data Through Deep Learning. G3. bioRxiv preprint doi:

  5. Huang, Y., B. Tao, R. Lal, L. Klaus, P. Jacinthe, R. Shrestha, X. Bai1, M.P. Singh, L.E. Lindsey, and W. Ren. 2023. A global data synthesis of biochar’s contribution to climate-smart agriculture. Renewable and Sustainable Energy Reviews.

  6. Siler, T.B., and M.P. Singh. 2022. Identifying soybean seeding rate and seed treatment that maximizes yield and profitability based on planting date. Agronomy Journal.

  7. Chu, S.A.D., K.A. Cassida, M.P. Singh, and E.E. Burns. 2022. The Critical Period of Weed Control in an Interseeded System of Corn and Alfalfa. Weed Science. 

  8. Brooks, K., S Mourtzinis, S. Conley, M. Reiter, D. Holshouser, T. Irby, J. Kleinjan, C. Knott, C. Lee, L. Lindsey, S. Naeve, J. Ross, M. Singh, R. Vann, and E. Matcham. 2022. Soybean yield response to sulfur and nitrogen additions across diverse US environments. Agronomy Journal. 1-14.

  9. Siler, T.B., and M.P. Singh. 2022. Optimal soybean variety maturity group selection is influenced by planting date in northern production systems. Crop Science.

  10. Andrade, J. F., S. Mourtzinis, J.I. R. Edreira, S.P. Conley, J. Gaska, H.J. Kandel, L.E. Lindsey; S. Naeve, S. Nelson, M.P. Singh, L. Thompson, and P. Grassini. 2022. Field validation of a farmer-data approach to close soybean yield gaps in the US North Central region. Agricultural Systems. 200.

  11. Fusilier, K.M., M. Chilvers, V. Limay-Rios, and M.P. Singh. 2022. Mycotoxin co-occurrence in Michigan harvested maize grain. Toxins. 14, 431.

  12. Reis, A.F.B., L.H.M. Rosso, E. Adee, D. Davidson, P. Kovács, L.C. Purcell, F.E. Below, S.N. Casteel, C. Knott, H. Kandel, S.L. Naeve, M.P. Singh, S. Archontoulis, and I.A. Ciampitti. 2022. Seed inoculation with Azospirillum brasilense in the U.S. soybean systems. Field Crops Research. 283.

  13. Hennessy, D., A.J. Lindsey, Y. Che, L.E. Lindsey, M.P. Singh, H. Feng, E.M. Hawkins, S. Subburayalu, R. Black, E.A. Richer, and D.S. Ochs. 2022. Characterizing the Decision Process in Setting Corn and Soybean Seeding Rates. The Journal of Extension 60 (1), article 3. 

  14. Matchem, Emma G., R.A. Vann, L.E. Lindsey, J.M. Gaska, D.T. Lilley, W. J. Ross, D.L. Wright, C. Knott, C.D. Lee, D. Moseley, M. Singh, S. Naeve, J.T. Irby, W. Wiebold, H. Kandel, J. Lofton, M. Inman, J. Kleinjan, D.L. Holshouser, and S.P. Conley. 2021. Foliar fertilizers rarely increase yield in United States soybean. Agron Journal.

  15. Hamman, W.P., Emma G. Matcham, M.P. Singh, and L. E. Lindsey. 2021. Comparison of variable rate prescriptions and optimum seeding rate in soybean. Crop, Forage, and Turfgrass management.

  16. Rodriguez, A.F., S.H. Daroub, S. Gerber, S.P. Jennewein, and M.P. Singh. 2021. Water management effect on soil oxidation, greenhouse gas emissions, and nitrogen leaching in a drained peatland. Soil Science Society of America Journal. 85:814-828.

  17. Jha, P., A. Ines, and M.P. Singh. 2021. A multiple and ensembling approach for calibration and evaluation of genetic coefficients of CERES-Maize to simulate maize phenology and yield in Michigan. Environmental Modelling & Software. 135:104901.

  18. Zhao, D., R.W. Davidson, V.S. Gordon, Md S. Islam, P. H. McCord, H.S. Sandhu, S. Sood, J.C. Comstock, M. Baltazar, and M.P. Singh. 2020. Registration of ‘CP 11-2248’ sugarcane for Florida organic soils. J. Plant Reg. 14:318-327.

  19. Arbelo, O.C., H.S. Sandhu, D. Zhao, V.S. Gordon, J.C. Comstock, S. Sood, K. McCorkle,  R.W. Davidson, M. Baltazar, P. McCord, and M.P. Singh. 2020. Registration of ‘CP 09-1385’ sugarcane. J. Plant Reg. 14. 328-339.

  20. Jennewein, S., J.H. Bhadha, T.A. Lang, J.M. McCray, M.P. Singh, J. Cooper, and S.H. Daroub. 2019. Impacts of flooding, nitrogen-fertilization, and soil-depth on sugarcane nutrients grown on Histosols. J. Plant Nut. 43:429-443.

  21. Jones, M.R., A. Singels, S. Chinorumba, A. Patton , C. Poser, M.P. Singh, J.F. Martiné, M. Christina, J. Shine, J. Annandale, and G. Hammer. 2019. Exploring process-level genotypic and environmental effects on sugarcane yield using an international experimental dataset. Field Crops Res. 244:1-12.

  22. Assefa, Y., L.C. Purcell, M. Salmeron, S. Naeve, S.N. Casteel, P. Kovács, S. Archontoulis, M. Licht, F. Below, H. Kandel, L.E. Lindsey, J. Gaska, S. Conley, C. Shapiro, J.M. Orlowski, B.R. Golden, G. Kaur, M.P. Singh, K. Thelen, R. Laurenz, D. Davidson and I.A. Ciampitti.  2019. Assessing Variation in US Soybean Seed Composition (Protein and Oil). Front. Plant Sci. 10:298.

  23. Sandhu, H.S., M.P. Singh, and M. Vuyyuru. 2019. Minimum or no-tillage improves sugarcane ratoon yield on Florida Histosol. Agron. J 111:1516-1523.