Sukhbir Singh, an assistant professor of vegetable production systems within Texas Tech University's Department of Plant & Soil Science, received third place honors in this year's American Society for Horticultural Science (ASHS) Early Career Competition. The recognition was announced in conjunction with the organization's annual meeting earlier this month in Chicago.
Early career awards recognize ASHS members for outstanding contributions to horticultural science through their professional activities within five years of service at their current position.
Singh's research program broadly focuses on determining the parameters, such as varieties and agronomic practices, leading to a profitable vegetable production. To achieve the goal, his research involves several aspects of organic and conventional vegetable production in several production systems such as open field, greenhouse and high tunnel.
His specific focus is on sensor-based irrigation management; nutrient management; biotic and abiotic stresses physiology; disease and pest control; cropping systems; and soil fertility management.
In addition, Singh works on several non-traditional, alternative crops such as industrial hemp for West Texas. The aim of this research is to provide an alternative crop option that fits well in the declining water situation of the Southern High Plains and is beneficial to growers, stakeholders, and industrialists.
In 2021, he received the Outstanding Paper Award in C-6 Division of Crop Science Society of America (CSSA). His project centered on the effect of deficit irrigation on physiology and forage yield of forage sorghum, pearl millet and corn.
Additionally, Singh's lab research was spotlighted multiple times in science news covered by ASHS and CSSA. This shows that regional research could potentially impact at national level.
Singh, who joined the Texas Tech faculty in 2016, received his bachelor's degree and master's degree in agronomy from Punjab Agricultural University (Ludhiana, India). He also received a master's degree in plant and environmental sciences from New Mexico State University.
His doctorate in plant and environmental sciences is from New Mexico State University. Singh is a member of the American Society of Agronomy, Crop Science Society of America, Soil Science Society of America, and Gama Sigma Delta.
This story was first published in the Davis College NewsCenter. See the original article here.