Curriculum Vitae

Extension Professor
Graduate Program Director

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.  My other research focus is pasture management including grazing systems and strategies to extend grazing season.


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


On campus:

• STOCKSCH 350 “Sustainable Soil and Crop Management”
• HONORS 391A “Honors Seminars 2”
• STOCKSCH 650 “Global Challenges in Agriculture and the Environment" (team teaching)


• STOCKSCH 350 “Sustainable Soil and Crop Management”
• STOCKSCH 211 “Pasture Management”


  • 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.

Recent Publications (2016-2020)

Ghahremani s, Ebadi A, Tobeh A, Hashemi M, Sedghi M and Gholipuri A. 2020. The Effect of Cover Crops on Yield and Weeds Control of Patato (Solanum tuberosum L.). Journal of crop ecophysiology, 14(1): 119-134
Brennan, Rebecca Jean Barnes, Samantha Glaze-Corcoran, Robert Wick, Masoud Hashemi. 2020. Biofumigation: an alternative strategy for the control of Plant Parasitic Nematodes. Journal of Integrative Agriculture. 19(7): 1680–1690. doi: 10.1016/S2095-3119(19)62817-0

Glaze-Corcoran, Samantha, Masoud Hashemi, Amir Sadeghpour, Emad Jehanzad, Reza Keshavarz Afshar, Xiaobing Liu, Stephen J. Herbert. 2020. Understanding intercropping to improve agricultural resiliency and environmental sustainability. Advances in Agronomy.162: 199-256.

Farsad, Ali, Amir Sadeghpour, Masoud Hashemi, Martin Battaglia, Stephen Herbert. 2019. A review on Controlled Vacuum Lysimeter Design for Soil Water Sampling. Environmental Technology & Innovation.

Cole, Emily J., Omid R. Zandvakili, Baoshan Xing, Masoud Hashemi, Allen V. Barker, Stephen J. Herbert. 2019. Effects of Hardwood Biochar on Soil Acidity, Nutrient Dynamics, and Sweet Corn Productivity. Communications in Soil Science and Plant Analysis. 50: 1732-1742.

Hashemi, Masoud, Omid Reza Zandvakili, Roohollah Abbasi Shureshjani, Fatemeh Etemadi, Heather Darby. 2019. Evaluating Winter Barley Cultivar using DEA Models. Journal of Agricultural Science.

Parmoon, Ghasem, Ali Ebadi, Soodabe Jahanbakhsh, Masoud Hashemi, Seyed Amir Moosavi. 2019. Assessing photosynthetic performance of fennel (Foeniculum Vulgare Mill) influenced by plant growth regulators and drought stress imposed at vegetative and reproductive stages. Italian Journal of Physiology. 14: 1319.

Akbari, Parisa, Stephen Herbert, Masoud Hashemi, Allen Barker, and Omid Reza Zandvakili. 2019. Role of cover crops and planting dates for improved weed suppression and nitrogen recovery in no till systems. Communications in Soil Science and Plant Analysis.  50: 1722-1731.

Westendorf, Michael L. Carey A. Williams, Stephanie Murphy, Laura Kenny, and Masoud Hashemi. 2019. Generation and Management of Manure from Horses and other Equids. In Animal Manure: Production, Characteristics, Environmental Concerns and Management. ASA Special Publication 67. Heidi M. Waldrip, Paulo H. Pagliari, and Zhongqi He, editors.

Cole, Emily, Omid R. Zandvakili, Baoshan Xing, Masoud Hashemi, Stephen Herbert, Hamid H. Mashayekhi. 2019. Dataset on the effect of hardwood biochar on soil gravimetric moisture content and nitrate dynamics at different soil depths with FTIR analysis of fresh and aged biochar. Data in Brief.

Omid R. Zandvakili, Allen V. Barker, Masoud Hashemi, Fatemeh Etemadi, Wesley R. Autio, and Sarah Weis. 2019. Growth and nutrient and nitrate accumulation of lettuce under different regimes of nitrogen fertilization. Journal of Plant Nutrition. 42: 1575-1593

Emami Bistgani, Zohreh, Masoud Hashemi, Michelle DaCosta, Lyle Craker, Filippo Maggi, Mohammad Reza Morshedloo. 2019. Effect of salinity stress on the physiological characteristics, phenolic compounds and antioxidant activity of Thymus vulgaris L. Industrial Crops and Products. 135: 311-320.

Etemadi, Fatemeh, Masoud Hashemi, Allen Barker, OmidReza Zand Vakili, Xiaobing Liu. 2019. Agronomy, Nutritional Value, and Medicinal Application of Faba Bean (Vicia faba L.). Horticultural Plant Journal. 5: 170-182

Parmoon, GH, A. Ebadi, S. Jahanbakhsh, M. Hashemi. 2019. Physiological Response of Fennel (Foeniculum vulgare Mill) to Drought Stress and Plant Growth Regulators. Russian Journal of Plant Physiology. 66 (5): 795–805.

Zandvakili, Omid Reza, Allen V. Barker, Masoud Hashemi, Fatemeh Etemadi, Wesley R. Autio. 2019. Comparisons of commercial organic and chemical fertilizer solutions on growth and composition of lettuce. J. Plant Nutrition.

Cole, Emily, Omid Reza Zandvakili, Jeffrey Blanchard, Baoshan Xing, Masoud Hashemi, Fatemeh Etemadi. 2019. Investigating Responses of Soil Bacterial Community Composition to Hardwood Biochar Amendment using High-Throughput PCR Sequencing. Applied Soil Ecology. 136: 80-85

Zandvakili, OmidReza, Allen V Barker, Masoud Hashemi, and Fatemeh Etemadi. 2019. Biomass and nutrient concentration of lettuce grown with organic fertilizers. Journal of Plant Nutrition. 42 (5): 444-457.

Parmoon, Ghasem, Ali Ebadi, Soodabe Jahanbakhsh, Masoud Hashemi, Seyed Amir Moosavi. 2018. Effect of Exogenous Application of Several Plant Growth Regulators on Photosynthetic Pigments of Fennel Plants. Notulae Scientia Biologicae.

Emami Bistgani, Zohreh, Seyed Ataollah Siadat, Abdolmehdi Bakhshandeh, Abdollah Ghasemi Pirbalouti, Masoud Hashemi, Filippo Maggi, Mohammad Reza Morshedloo. 2018. Application of combined fertilizers improves biomass, essential oil yield, aroma profile, and antioxidant properties of Thymus daenensis Celak. Industrial Crops & Products. 121: 434–440.

Etemadi, Fatemeh, Masoud Hashemi, OmidReza Zandvakili, Francis X. Mangan. 2018. Phenology, yield and growth pattern of faba bean varieties. International Journal of Plant Production. 12: 243-250.

Etemadi, Fatemeh, Allen Barker, Masoud Hashemi, OmidReza Zandvakili, and Yeonhwa Park. 2018. Nutrient accumulation in faba bean varieties. Communications in Soil Science and Plant Analysis.

Etemadi, Fatemeh, Masoud Hashemi, Wesley R. Autio, Francis X. Mangan, and OmidReza Zandvakili. 2018. Yield and Accumulation Trend of Biomass and L-DOPA in Different Parts of Eight Faba Bean Cultivars. Crop Science.

Fatemeh Etemadi, Masoud Hashemi, Reena Randhir, Omid ZandVakili, Ali Ebadi. 2018. Accumulation of L-DOPA in various organs of faba bean and influence of drought, nitrogen stress, and processing methods on L-DOPA yield. The Crop Journal.

Fatemeh Etemadi, Masoud Hashemi, Omid Zandvakili, Aria Dolatabadian, and Amir Sadeghpour. 2018. Nitrogren Contribution from Winterkilled Faba Bean Cover Crop to Spring-Sown Sweet Corn in Conventional and No-Till Systems. Agronomy Journal.

Osman, Hanan E. and Masoud Hashemi. 2017.  Metal Accumulation in Soil and Forage Crops Irrigated with Treated Wastewater. Jordan Journal of Agricultural Sciences. 13: 199-213.

Zandvakili, Omid Reza, Elnaz Ebrahimi, Masoud Hashemi, Allen V Barker, and Parisa Akbari .2017.  The potential of green manure mixtures to provide nutrients to a subsequent lettuce crop. Communications in Soil Science and Plant Analysis.

Emami Bistgani, Z., S. A. Siadat, A. Bakhshandeh, A. Ghasemi Pirbalouti, M. Hashemi.2017. Morpho-physiological and phytochemical traits of Thymus daenensis Celak. in response to deficit irrigation and chitosan application. Acta Physiologiae Plantarum. DOI: 10.1007/s11738-017-2526-2

Jahanzad, Emad, Allen V. Barker, Masoud Hashemi, Amir Sadeghpour, Touria Eaton, Yeonhwa Park. 2017. Improving yield and mineral nutrient concentration 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.

Fatemeh Etemadi, 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.

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. 109: 1510-1519

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 109:646–653

Emami Bistgani, Z., Seyed Ata Siadat, Abdolmehdi Bakhshandeh, Abdollah Ghasemi Pirbaluti,  Masoud Hashemi and Lyle Craker. 2017. 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.

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

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