Bijesh Maharja
Panhandle Research and Extension Center


·Maharjan Soil Science Lab

Bijesh Maharjan

Assistant Professor

Area of Expertise: Soil and Water Sciences

Ph.D., Land and Atmospheric Science (Soil Science track), University of Minnesota, 2013

M.S., Environmental Engineering, University of North Dakota, 2008

B.S., Moscow State University of Food Production, Moscow, Russia, 2003

Area of Focus

Soil and Nutrient Management

Research & Extension Interests

  • Soil and nutrient management
  • Water quality
  • Precision Agriculture

Professional Memberships


Peer-Reviewed Journal Publications

  • Tenorio, F.A.M., Eagle, A.J., McLellan, E.L., Cassman, K.G., Howard, R., Below, F.E., Clay, D.E., Coulter, J.A., Geyer, A.B., Joos, D.K., Lauer, J.G., Licht, M.A., Lindsey, A.J., Maharjan, B., Pittelkow, C.M., Thomison, P.R., Wortmann, C.S., Sadras, V.O., and Grassini, P. 2018. Assessing variation in maize grain nitrogen concentration and its implications for estimating nitrogen balance in the US North Central region. Field Crops Research.
  • Eagle, A.J., Drury, C.F., Halvorson, A.D., Hoben, J.P., Maharjan, B., Parkin, T.B., Robertson, G.P., Smith, D.R., and Venterea, R.T. 2018. Data for Fertilizer management and environmental factors drive N2O and NO3 losses in corn: A Meta-Analysis. Purdue University Research Repository.
  • Panday, D., Maharjan, B., Chalise, D., Shrestha, R.K., and Twanabasu, B. 2018. Digital soil mapping in the Bara district of Nepal using kriging tool in ArcGIS. PLoS ONE. 13 (10): e0206350.
  • Panday, D., Ferguson, R.B. and Maharjan, B. 2018. Flue gas desulfurization gypsum as soil amendment. In: (ed. Rakshit A., Sarkar B. and Abhilash, P.C.) Soil Amendments for Sustainability-Challenges and Perspectives. CRC Press. Taylor & Francis Group. p 199-208.
  • Maharjan, B., Ferguson, R.B. and Slater, G. 2017. Irrigated corn productivity as influenced by nitrogen source, rate, and climatic conditions. Agronomy Journal 109:2957–2965.
  • Maharjan, B., Rosen, C., Lamb, J., and Venterea, R. T. 2016. Corn response to nitrogen management under fully irrigated versus water-stressed conditions. Agronomy Journal 108:1-10.
  • Maharjan, B., Ferguson, R.B. and Slater, G. 2016. Polymer coated urea improved corn response compared to UAN irrespective of inter-annual climatic variation. Agronomy Journal 108: 509-518.
  • Xianlong, P., Maharjan, B., Cailian, Y., Anyu, S. and Ferguson, R. B. 2015. A laboratory evaluation of ammonia volatilization and nitrate leaching following nitrogen fertilizer application on a coarse-textured soil. Agronomy Journal 107: 871-879.
  • Krienke, B., Ferguson, R., and Maharjan, B. 2015. Using an unmanned aerial vehicle to evaluate nitrogen variability and distance effect with an active crop canopy sensor. Precision Agriculture ’15: 143-150.
  • Maharjan, B. and Venterea, R. T. 2014. Anhydrous ammonia injection depth does not affect N2O emissions in a silt loam over two growing seasons. Journal of Environmental Quality. 43:1536-1545.
  • Maharjan, B., Venterea, R. T. and Rosen, C. 2014. Fertilizer and irrigation management effects on nitrous oxide emissions and nitrate leaching. Agronomy Journal 106: 703-714.
  • Maharjan, B. and Venterea, R. T. 2013. Nitrite intensity explains nitrogen management effects on nitrous oxide emissions in maize. Soil Biology and Biochemistry 66: 229-238.
  • Maharjan, B., Korom, S.F., and Smith, E.A., 2013. Electron donor concentrations in sediments and sediment properties at the agricultural chemicals team research site near New Providence, Iowa, 2006–07: U.S. Geological Survey Data Series 737, p. 17.
  • Venterea R. T., Maharjan, B. and Dolan, M.S. 2011. Fertilizer source and tillage effects on yield scaled nitrous oxide emissions in a corn cropping system. Journal of Environmental Quality, 40:1521-1531.

Extension Publications