Curriculum Vitae

Extension Professor

Research Interests and Projects

My research activity is mainly focused on sustainability of farming systems through diversified cropping systems. I am specifically interested in integrating cover crops into farming systems to enhance nutrient recovery and recycling, weed suppression, and improving general soil health.


Ph.D.  Plant and Soil Sciences/Crop Physiology, 1990, University of Massachusetts Amherst.


  • STOCKSCH 350 “Sustainable Soil and Crop Management”
  • STOCKSCH 211 “Pasture Management”
  • HONORS 391A “Honors Seminars 2”


  • Leader, UMass Extension Crops, Dairy, Livestock, and Equine Team.
  • Editor, Crops, Dairy, Livestock, Equine Newsletter.
  • Editor, Massachusetts Agronomy Research Report.
  • State contact for nutrient management, crop production, pasture management.
  • State Coordinator and State Host, New England Green Pastures.
  • Technical reviewer for Northeast SARE Research Proposals.

Publications (last 5 years)

Sadeghpour, A., M. Hashemi, S.A. Weis, J. T. Spargo, S. Mehrvarz, S.J. Herbert. 2015. Assessing tillage systems for reducing ammonia volatilization form spring-applied slurry manure. Communication in Soil Science and Plant Analysis. DOI: 10.1080/00103624.2015.1005223.

Keshavarz Afshar, R., M.R. Chaichi, A. Alipour, M. Ansari Jovini, M. Dashtaki, and M. Hashemi. 2015. Potential of milk thistle for biomass production in semiarid regions. Crop Science. 55:1-7. DOI: 10.2135/cropsci2014.10.0678.

Keshavarz Afshar, Reza, Mohammad Reza Chaichi, Mahya Ansari Jovini, Emad Jahanzad, Masoud Hashemi. 2015. Accumulation of silymarin in milk thistle seeds under drought stress. Planta. DOI: 10.1007/s00425-015-2265-9.

Keshavarz Afshar, R., Chaichi, M.R., Rezaei, K., Asareh, M. H., Hashemi, M., 2015. Irrigation regime and soil organic fertilizers influence on oil content and fatty acid composition of milk thistle seeds. Agronomy Journal. 107(1):187-194. DOI: 10.2134/agronj14.0368.

Jahansuz, M.R., Keshavarz Afshar, R., Heidari Zooleh, H., Hashemi, M. 2014. Evaluation yield and quality of sorghum and millet as alternative forage crops to corn under normal and deficit irrigation systems. Jordan Journal of Agricultural Sciences. 10(4): 699-715.

Gorlitsky, L.E., A. Sadeghpour, M. Hashemi, F. Etemadi, S.J. Herbert. 2014. Biomass vs. quality tradeoffs for switchgrass in response to fall harvesting period. Industrial Crops and Products. 63:311-315. DOI: 10.1016/j.indcrop.2014.10.012.

Sadeghpour, A., M. Hashemi, M. DaCosta, E. Jahanzad, L.E. Gorlitsky, S.J. Herbert. 2014. Switchgrass establishment and biomass yield response to seeding date and herbicide application. Agronomy Journal. DOI: 10.2134/agronj14.0288.

Sadeghpour A., M. Hashemi, M. DaCosta, LE Gorlitsky, E. Jahanzad, S.J. Herbert. 2014. Assessing winter cereals for weed control in reduced-tillage switchgrass establishment. Industrial Crops and Products. DOI: 10.1016/j.indcrop.2014.09.027.

Sadeghpour, A., M. Hashemi, S.J. Herbert. 2014. A simple vigor test for adjusting switchgrass seeding rate in fertile and marginal soils. Grassland Science. 60: 252-255. DOI: 10.1111/grs.12066.

Sadeghpour A., M. Hashemi, M. DaCosta, E. Jahanzad, S.J. Herbert. 2014. Switchgrass establishment influenced by cover crop, tillage systems and weed control. Bioenergy Research. 7:1402–1410. DOI: 10.1007/s12155-014-9485-x.

Sadeghpour, A., M. Hashemi, Michelle DaCosta, Leryn E. Gorlitsky, Emad Jahanzad, Stephen J. Herbert. 2014. Assessing winter cereals as cover crops for weed control in reduced-tillage switchgrass establishment. Industrial Crops and Products. 62: 522–525.

Jahanzad, E., A. Sadeghpour, M. B. Hosseini, A. V. Barker, M. Hashemi, and O. R. Zandvakili. 2014. Silage Yield and Nutritive Value of Millet–Soybean Intercrops as Influenced by Nitrogen Application. Agronomy Journal. 106 (6): 1993-2000.

Keshavarz Afshar, R, M.R. Chaichi, M. H. Asareh., M. Hashemi, A. Liaghat. 2014. Interactive effect of deficit irrigation and soil organic amendments on seed yield and flavonolignan production of milk thistle (Silybum marianum L. Gaertn.). Industrial Crops and Products. 58:166-172.

Keshavarz, Afshar, R, Mahya Ansari Jovini, Mohammad Reza Chaichi, Masoud Hashemi. 2014. Grain sorghum response to arbuscular mycorrhiza and phosphorus fertilizer under deficit irrigation. Agronomy Journal. 106 (4):1212-1218.

Javanmard, T., Z. Zamani, R. Keshavarz Afshar, M. Hashemi, and P. C. Struik. 2014. Seed washing, exogenous application of gibberellic acid, and cold stratification enhance the germination of sweet cherry (Prunus avium L.) seed. Journal of Horticultural Science & Biotechnology. 89 (1): 74–78.

Sadeghpour,A. L. E. Gorlitsky, M. Hashemi, S. A. Weis, and S. J. Herbert. 2014. Response of switchgrass yield and quality to harvest season and nitrogen fertilizer. Agronomy Journal. 106 (1): 290-296.

Sadeghpour, A., E. Jahanzad, A.S. Lithourgidis, M. Hashemi, A. Esmaeili, M.B. Hosseini. 2014. Forage yield and quality of barley-annual medic intercrops in semi-arid environments. International Journal of Plant Production. 8(1): 77-90.

Zhou, K.Q., G.D. Wang, Y.H. Li, X.B. Liu, S. J. Herbert, M. Hashemi. 2014. Assessing variety mixture of continuous spring wheat (Triticum aestivum L.) on grain yield and flour quality in Northeast China. International Journal of Plant Production. 8(1): 91-106.

Ghasemi Pirbalouti, A., M. Rahmani Samani, M. Hashemi, and H. Zeinali. 2013. Salicylic acid affects growth, essential oil and chemical compositions of Thyme (Thymus daensis Celak.) under reduced irrigation. Plant Growth Regulation. DOI: 10.1007/s10725-013-9860-1.

Hashemi, M. A. Farsad, A. Sadeghpour, S. Weis, S.J. Herbert. 2013. Cover Crop Management for Increasing Nitrogen Recovery in the fall. Plant Nutrition and Soil Science. 176: 69–75.

Hashemi, Masoud and Amir Sadeghpour. 2013. Establishment and production of switchgrass grown for combustion; A review. International Journal of Plant Biology & Research. 1: 1002-1013.

Hashemian, Neda, Abdollah Ghasemi Pirbalouti, Masoud Hashemi, Ahmadreza Golparvar, Behzad Hamedi. 2013. Diversity in chemical composition and antibacterial activity of essential oils of cumin (Cuminum cyminum L.) diverse from northeast of Iran. Australian Journal of Crop Science. 7(11):1752-1760.

Sadeghpour, A., E. Jahanzad, M. Hashemi, A. Esmaelli, S.J. Herbert. (2013). Intercropping annual medic (Medicago scutellata L.) with barley (Hordeum vulgare L.) may improve total forage and crude protein yield in semi-arid environment. Australian Journal of Crop Science. 7(12):1822-1828.

Keshavarz Afshar, R., A. Alipour, M. Hashemi, M. Ansari Jovini, D. Pimental. 2013. Energy inputs-yield relationship and sensitivity analysis of pistachio (Pistacia vera L.) production in Markazi Region of Iran. Spanish Journal of Agricultural Research. 11(3):661-669.

Sadeghpour, A. E. Jahanzad, A. Esmaeili, M.B. Hosseinei, M. Hashemi. 2013. Forage yield, quality and economic benefit of intercropped barley and annual medic in semi-arid conditions: Additive series. Field Crops Research. 148: 43-48.

Ghasemi Pir Balooti, A. M. Hashemi, F. Taherian Ghahfarokhi. 2013. Essential oil and chemical compositions of wild and cultivated Thymus daenensis Celak and Thymus vulgaris L. Industrial Crops and Product. 48: 43-48.

Qiuying Zhang, Zhaolin Li, Bingjin Han, Keqin Zhou, Xingyi Zhang, Masoud Hashemi, and Xiaobing Liu. 2013. Immediate responses of cyst nematode, soil-borne pathogens and soybean yield to one-season crop disturbance after continuous soybean in Northeast China. International Journal of Plant Production. 7(2): 341-354.

Mehrvarz, S., M.R. Chaichi, M. Hashemi, M. Parsinejad. 2013. Yield and growth response of maize (Zea Mays L. S. C. 704) to surfactant under deficit irrigation. International J. of Plant and Animal Sciences. 1 (3): 41-48.

Herbert, S.J., L. Gorlitsky, M. Hashemi, A. Sadeghpour. 2013. Evaluating Switchgrass Varieties for Biomass Yield and Quality in Massachusetts. Proceedings from Sun Grant National Conference: Science for Biomass Feedstock Production and Utilization, New Orleans, LA. Retrieved from Science for Biomass Feedstock Production and Utilization, New Orleans, LA. Retrieved from

Farsad A., S.J. Herbert, M. Hashemi, and A. Sadeghpour. 2012. An automated suction lysimeter for improved soil water sampling. Vadose Zone Journal. 11(4):

Yan-sheng Li, Ming Du, Qiu-ying Zhang, Guang-hua Wang, Masoud Hashemi, Xiaobing Liu. 2012. Greater differences exist in seed protein, oil, total soluble sugar and sucrose content of vegetable soybean genotypes [Glycine max (L.) Merrill] in Northeast China. Australian Journal of Crop Science. 6(12): 1681-1686.

Liu Xiaobing, Yansheng Li, Bingjin Han, Qiuying Zhang, Keqin Zhou, Xingyi Zhang, Masoud Hashemi. 2012. Yield response of continuous soybean to one-season crop disturbance in a previous continuous soybean field in Northeast China. Field Crops Research.138: 52-56.

Esmaeili, A., A. Sadeghpour, S.M.B. Hosseini, E. Jahanzad, M.R. Chaichi, and M. Hashemi. 2011. Evaluation of seed yield and competition indices for intercropped barley (Hordeum vulgare) and annual medic (Medicago scutellata). International Journal of Plant Production. 5: 395-404.

Farsad, A., S.J. Herbert, T. Randhir, and M. Hashemi. 2011. Spatial modeling of critical planting date for winter rye cover crop to enhance nutrient recovery. Agronomy Journal. 103: 1252-1257.

Liu, B., X. Liu, C. Wang, J. Jin, S.J. Herbert, and M. Hashemi. 2010. Responses of soybean yield and yield components to light enrichment and planting density. International Journal of Plant Production. 4: 17-26.

Herbert, S.J., X.B. Liu, G. Baath, J. Jin, Q.Y. Zhang, and M. Hashemi. 2010. Seed growth characteristics of some short season indeterminate soybeans. Acta Agronomica Sinica. 36: 496-501.

Zhang, Q.Y., Q.L. Gao, S.J. Herbert, Y.S. Li, and M. Hashemi. 2010. Influence of sowing date on phonological stages, seed growth and marketable yield of four vegetable soybean cultivars in Northeastern USA. African Journal of Agricultural Research. 5(18): 2556-2562.

Siadat, S.A., O. Sadeghipour, M. Hashemi. 2010. Effect of nitrogen and plant density on yield and yield components of rapeseed. Environmental Stresses in Plant Sciences. 2: 49-62.

Nadian, H., M. Hashemi, and S. J. Herbert. 2009. Soil aggregates size and mycorrhizal colonization effect on root growth and phosphorus accumulation by Berseem clover. Comm. Soil Sci. and Plant Analysis. 40:2413-2425.