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Dr. Hardev Sandhu

Associate Professor, Sugarcane Specialist

Program Areas

In addition to sugarcane cultivar development, Dr. Sandu conducts research to evaluate new agronomic practices (tillage, row spacing, planting and harvesting methods etc.) in sugarcane, energy cane and industrial hemp. 

His extension program includes leading the sugarcane focus action team and providing strong educational support to sugarcane producers and county extension faculty on sugarcane cultivar selection and management practices. He provides information on new energy cane cultivars and their management to Florida farmers.  

Hardev Sandhu in the Field

Contact Information


3200 E Palm Beach Rd.
Belle Glade, FL 33430

  • Research

    Departmental Research Areas:

    • Crop Physiology and Crop Management
    • Sugarcane Specialist

    Research Focus:

    • Evaluation of new sugarcane clones in a collaborative sugarcane cultivar development program (CP program) in Florida with a goal to release high yielding and disease resistant cultivars for organic and mineral soils.
    • Agronomic research to evaluate new sugarcane management practices such as conservation tillage, harvest residue management and row spacing.
    • Research in determining spatial variability in organic and mineral soils using ground sensors and UAVs to improve genotype selection and management practices in sugarcane.
    • Research to identify good varieties and best agronomic practices for industrial hemp cultivation on organic soils in Florida.
    • Evaluation of energy cane for its potential use as feedstock for lignocellulosic ethanol production in Southeastern United States.
  • Extension
    • Enhance sugarcane profitability by educating growers on new sugarcane cultivars
    • Educate clientele on sugarcane management practices with a specific emphasis on conservation tillage, precise nutrient management and harvest management
    • Educate clientele on industrial hemp cultivation in organic soils in Florida
    • Extend information on new energy cane cultivars and their management
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