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)

Jahanzad, E., A. Barker, M. Hashemi, T. Eaton, Y. Park, A. Sadeghpour. 2017. Improving yield and nutrient density of potato tubers through cover cropping. Field Crop research. 212: 45-51.

Emami Bistgani, Zohreh, Seyed Ataollah Siadat, Abdolmehdi Bakhshandeh, Abdollah Ghasemi Pirbalouti,  Masoud Hashemi. 2017. Interactive effects of drought stress and chitosan application on physiological characteristics and essential oil yield of Thymus daenensis Celak. The Crop Journal.

Etemadi, Fatemeh, Masoud Hashemi, Roohollah Abbasi Shureshjani, Wesley R. Autio. 2017. Application of data envelopment analysis to assess performance efficiency of eight faba bean varieties. Agronomy Journal. doi:10.2134/agronj2016.10.0617.

Mirsky, Stephen, Victoria Ackroyd, Stephane Cordeau, William Curran, Masoud Hashemi, S. Reberg-Horton, Matthew Ryan and John Spargo. 2017. Hairy vetch biomass across the eastern U.S.: effects of latitude, seeding rate and date, and termination timing. Agronomy Journal. doi:10.2134/agronj2016.09.0556

Jahanzad, E, A. V. Barker, M. Hashemi, A. Sadeghpour, T. Eaton. 2017. Forage radish or winter pea cover crops may outperform rye in a potato cropping system. Agronomy Journal.

Emami Bistgani, Z., Seyed Ata Siadat, Abdolmehdi Bakhshandeh, Abdollah Ghasemi Pirbaluti,  Masoud Hashemi and Lyle Craker. 2016. Interactive Effects of Different Fertilizers and Foliar Application of Chitosan on Biochemical Traits, Essential Oil Yield, and Antioxidant Activity in Thymus daenensis Celak. Journal of Medicinally Active Plants. Accepted.

Emami Bistgani, Z., Seyed Ata Siadat, Abdolmehdi Bakhshandeh, Abdollah Ghasemi Pirbaluti,  Masoud Hashemi. 2016. Influence of chitosan concentration on morpho-physiological traits, essential oil and phenolic content under different fertilizers application in Thymus daenensis. Journal of Herbal Drugs. 7(2): 117-125.

Jahanzad, E., A. Barker, M. Hashemi, T. Eaton, A. Sadeghpour. 2016. Nitrogen Release Dynamics and   Decomposition of Buried and Surface Cover Crop Residues. Agronomy Journal. 108: 1735-1741 doi:10.2134/agronj2016.01.0001101.

Keshavarz Afshar, R. M. Hashemi. M. DaCosta, J. Spargo, A. Sadeghpour. 2016. Biochar application and drought stress effects on physiological characteristics of Silybum marianum. Communications in Soil Science and Plant Analysis. DOI: 10.1080/00103624.2016.1146752

Jahanzad, E., A. Sadeghpour, M. Hashemi, R. Keshavarz Afshar, M. B. Hosseini and A.V. Barker. 2015. Silage fermentation profile, chemical composition and economic evaluation of millet and soybean grown in monocultures and as intercrops. Grass and Forage: doi: 10.1111/gfs.12216

Jahanzad, Emad, Amir Sadeghpour, Mohammad B. Hoseini, Allen V. Barker, Masoud Hashemi, Reza Keshavarz Afshar. 2015. Competition, Nitrogen Use Efficiency, and Productivity of Millet-Soybean Intercropping in Semi-arid Conditions. Crop Science. doi:10.2135/cropsci2015.02.0130.

Sadeghpour, A., M. Hashemi, E. Jahanzad, S.J. Herbert. 2015. Switchgrass stand density and yield as influenced by seedbed preparation methods in a sandy loam soil. BioEnergy Research. doi: 10.1007/s12155-015-9638-693.

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.

Gorlitsky, L.E., A. Sadeghpour, M. Hashemi, F. Etemadi, S.J. Herbert. 2015. 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.

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.

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. 107:142-148. 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.
62:522-525. 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.

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. doi:10.2134/agronj13.0589.

Sadeghpour, Amir, Masoud Hashemi, Michele DaCosta, Emad Jahanzad, Stephen 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

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. doi:10.2134/agronj13.0542.

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 (Prunusavium L.) seed. Journal of Horticultural Science & Biotechnology. 89 (1) 74–78.

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.

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: 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): 91-105.

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, 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.

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.

Zhang, Q.Y., M. Hashemi, S.J. Hebert and Y.S. Li. 2013. Different responses of pre-emergence and early seedling growth to planting depth between vegetable soybean and grain soybeans. Legume Research. 36 (6): 515-521.

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

Li, Y.S., M. Du, Q.Y. Zhang, M. Hashemi, X.B. Liu and S.J. Herbert. 2013. Correlation and path coefficient analysis for yield components of vegetable soybean in northeast china. Legume Research. 36(4): 284- 288.

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 Journal of Plant and Animal Sciences. 1(3): 41-48.

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.

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

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.

Hashemi, M. A. Farsad, A. Sadeghpour, S. Weis, S.J. Herbert. 2013. Cover-crop seeding-date influence on fall nitrogen recovery. Plant Nutrition and Soil Science. 176: 69–75.

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): doi: 10.2136/vzj2012.0003.

Herbert, S.J., L. Gorlitsky, M. Hashemi, A. Sadeghpour. 2012. Evaluating switchgrass varieties for biomass yield and quality in Massachusetts. SunGrant proceedings of biofuels, New Orleans, LA. October 2-5 (full paper).

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.