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Hemendra Kumar, Ph.D.

Precision Agriculture Specialist

CMREC-Upper Marlboro 2005 Largo Road Upper Marlboro, MD 20774


  • Precison Agriculture
  • Irrigation Management
  • Soil Physics
  • Soil Moisture
  • Optimization
  • Agricultural Water Management
  • Digital Agriculture
  • Hydrology
  • Water Quality
  • Surface and Subsurface Hydrologic Modeling
  • Statistics
  • Climate Smart Water Management


  • Ph.D. Major- Biosystems Engineering, Auburn University
  • Ph.D. Minor- Statistics, Auburn University
  • MS- Civil and Environmental Engineering, Auburn University
  • M.Tech- Hydrology, Indian Institute of Technology (IIT) Roorkee and University of Stuttgart
  • B.Tech- Agricultural Engineering, Punjab Agricultural University

Dr. Hemendra Kumar is a tenure-track faculty and always enthusiastic about cutting-edge interdisciplinary research across the working lanscapes. Please reach out  at to discuss the ideas.

Professional Experience

Affiliate Faculty - Department of Environmental Science and Technology

Precision Agriculture Specialist - University of Maryland

Postdoctoral Scholar - The Ohio State University, Wooster Ohio

Postdoctoral Scholar - USDA ARS Application Technology Research Unit (ATRU), Wooster Ohio

Graduate Research Assistant - Auburn University

Lab Research Associate - USDA ARS National Soil Dynamic Lab, Auburn Alabama

Research Associate - Technical University of Munich (TUM) Germany

Research Associate - IIT Roorkee

Graduate Research Assistant - IIT Roorkee


Google Scholar Profile

Selected Peer-Reviewed Journal Articles

Kumar, H., Srivastava, P., Lamba, J., Ortiz, B.V., Lyon, S.W., Takhellambam, B.S., Morata, G. and Bondesan, L., 2023. Integral Approach of Unsupervised Learning and Temporal Stability in Irrigation Management. ASABE Annual International Meeting. American Society of Agricultural and Biological Engineers.


Kumar, H., Srivastava, P., Lamba, J., Lena, B., Diamantopoulos, E., Ortiz, B., Takhellambam, B., Morata, G. and Bondesan, L., 2023. A methodology to optimize site-specific field capacity and irrigation thresholds. Agricultural Water Management.


Kumar, H., Srivastava, P., Lamba, J., Diamantopoulos, E., Ortiz, B., Morata, G., Takhellambam, B. and Bondesan, L., 2022. Site-specific irrigation scheduling using one-layer soil hydraulic properties and inverse modeling. Agricultural Water Management.


Kumar, H., Srivastava, P., Lamba, J., Ortiz, B.V., Way, T.R., Sangha, L., Takhellambam, B.S., Morata, G. and Molinari, R., 2022. Within-field variability in nutrients for site-specific agricultural management in irrigated cornfield. Journal of the ASABE.


Lena, B.P., Bondesan, L., Pinheiro, E.A.R., Ortiz, B.V., Morata, G.T. and Kumar, H., 2022. Determination of irrigation scheduling thresholds based on HYDRUS-1D simulations of field capacity for multilayered agronomic soils in Alabama, USA. Agricultural Water Management.


Kumar, H., Srivastava, P., Ortiz, B.V., Morata, G., Takhellambam, B.S., Lamba, J. and Bondesan, L., 2021. Field-scale spatial and temporal soil water variability in irrigated croplands. Transactions of the ASABE.



Selected Peer-Reviewed Extension Articles

Lena, B.P., Bondesan, L., Ortiz, B.V., Morata, G., Kumar, H., 2021. Irrigation Scheduling Using Soil Water Tension Sensors. Alabama Cooperative Extension System.


Ortiz, B.V., Bondesan, L., Morata, G., McClendon, P. and Kumar, H., 2021. Maintaining water application uniformity in irrigation systems. Alabama Cooperative Extension System.


Ortiz, B.V., Lena, B.P., Morata, G., Bondesan, L., Oliveira, L.P., Oldag, J., Jimenez-Lopez,A.F., Kumar, H., Balkcom, K., Pate, G., Sanz-Saez, A., 2021. DigitalAg@Farms: Efforts to put digital technologies and site-specific crop management practices in the hands of farmers. Alabama Cooperative Extension System.


Ortiz, B.V., Morata, G., Kumar, H., Lamba, J., Lena, B.P., Bondesan, L., Sangha, L., Srivastava, P., Duzy, L., Raper, T., Davis, D., 2021. Increasing Adoption of Climate- & Water-Smart Irrigation Practices Among Tennessee Valley Farmers in Alabama & Tennessee: Findings and Lessons Learned. Alabama Cooperative Extension System.


Sangha, L., Lamba, J, Kumar, H., Srivastava, P., Prasad, P., Ortiz, B.V., Dougherty, M., 2021. ENSO Forecasts to Plan Water Withdrawals for Irrigation. Alabama Cooperative Extension System.


Be a part of the cutting-edge innovations happening at the Precision Ag Lab! We're seeking enthusiastic and committed individuals - volunteers, undergraduate students, visiting scholars, interns, and graduate students - to join our dynamic team. Take this opportunity to contribute, learn, and grow with us. Contact Dr. Hemendra Kumar at, utilizing the subject line Opportunities-title, and embark on an exciting journey to influence the realm of precision agriculture.