Maninder K. Walia

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Maninder K. Walia

Assistant Professor, State Specialist


Maninder Walia is particularly interested in enhancing agricultural productivity and environmental sustainability by adopting strategies such as soil amendments, reduced or no-tillage, alternate cropping systems, cover crops, and nutrient management strategies to improve crop and soil quality.

Maninder Kaur Walia is the IR-4 State Liaison Representative for Nevada. Learn more here:


Ph.D. Environment and Natural Resources, Ohio State University, USA (2015)


an array of alternative crop plants

Alternative Crops

The alternative crop program is evaluating the potential new crops for the state of Nevada.

ladybug larva eating aphids on a pepper plant

Integrated Pest Management

Integrated Pest Management program is a long-term management strategy that uses a combination of tactics to reduce pests to tolerable levels with potentially lower costs for the pest manager and minimal effect on the environment.

Soybean Production in Nevada cb

Soybean Production in Nevada

Extension research shows that soybeans may have potential as a low-water-use alternative crop in alfalfa in Nevada. Alfalfa is one of the most grown crops in Nevada. Since Nevada is the driest state in the country, it is critical to identify profitable low-water-use crops, like the soybean.


Sustainable Agricultural Practices Program

Extension conducts several sustainable agriculture programs including researching alternative crops, introducing sustainable biodiversity/multiple use of rangelands, and increasing the number of pest control materials labeled in and increasing the knowledge and implementation rate of Integrated Pest Management practices in Nevada.

teff field in fallon nevada

Teff Crop Production

The purpose of this program is to introduce Nevada farmers to and help train them in the cultivation of teff, a small-seeded grain and forage crop that requires less water than alfalfa and can be more profitable.

News & Journal Articles, Fact Sheets, Reports...

Fact Sheets
Basics of Crop Management
Learn more about crop management, covering preparing the seedbed, planting, fertilizing, pest management, irrigation, harvesting, and storage of crops.
Walia, M. 2021, Extension, University of Nevada, Reno, FS-21-07
sorghum fallon nevada
Sorghum Production in Nevada
This fact sheet aims to educate it's readers on sorghum as an alternative crop for Nevada, varieties of sorghum, and key considerations for the production of sorghum crops.
Walia, M., Yerka, M., Washington-Allen, R., Andrade-Rodriguez, M., and McCuin, G. 2021, University of Nevada, Reno, FS-21-09
alfalfa hay field
Crop Diversification
Long and short term benefits to crop diversification in Nevada counties, and beyond. Process of choosing diverse crops for vegetables, foraging, grains/seeds, and fruits.
Walia, M 2020, Extension | University of Nevada, Reno, FS-20-28
Potential of Chickpeas as a New Crop for Nevada
Documentation of a field experiment to test the potential of chickpeas as a new crop primarily for human consumption. Tested using various seed types during the 2019 growing season.
Walia, M and Chen, C 2020, Extension, University of Nevada, Reno, FS-20-27
Benefits of cover crops.
Cover crops benefits on soil health, pest pressure, following crops in rotation.
Walia, M.K. 2019, University of Nevada, Reno, Extension, FS-19-11
Know the Status of Your Soils Before You Plant.
Soil sampling for field crop production.
Walia, M.K. and Hefner, M. 2019, University of Nevada, Reno, Extension, FS-19-17
Management of pennycress as a winter annual cash cover crop- A Review.
Cubins, J., Wells M.S., Frels, K., Ott, M., Forcella, F., Gregg, J., Walia, M.K., Becker, R.L., and Gesch, R.W. 2019, Agronomy for Sustainable Development, 39:46.
Effect of manures and fertilizers on soil physical properties, build-up of macro and micronutrients and uptake in soil under different cropping systems: a review.
Manures and fertilizers influence on soil properties and nutrient contents.
Dhaliwal, S. S., Naresh, R. K., Mandal, A., Walia, M. K., Gupta, R.K., Singh, R., and Dhaliwal, M.K. 2019, Journal of Plant Nutrition, 42:20, 2873-2900.
Long-term effects of intensive rice–wheat and agroforestry based cropping systems on build-up of nutrients and budgets in alluvial soils of Punjab, India.
Nutrient management
Dhaliwal, S. S., Naresh, R. K., Walia, M. K., Gupta, R.K., Mandal, A., and Singh, R. 2019, Archives of Agronomy and Soil Science.
Long-Term Influence of Nutrient Management on Carbon and Nutrients in Typic-Ustochrept Soils.
Nutrient management influence on carbon and nutrient contents in soils.
Dhaliwal, S. S., Ram, H., Walia, S. S., Walia, M. K., Kumar, B., and Dhaliwal, M.K. 2019 2019, Communications in Soil Science and Plant Analysis, 50:19, 2420-2428.
Gypsum and carbon amendments influence leachate quality from two soils in Ohio, USA. Walia, M.K., and Dick, W. A. 2019, Soil Science Society of America Journal.83:212-220.
Selected soil physical properties and aggregate-associated carbon and nitrogen as influenced by gypsum, crop residue, and glucose.
Influence of gypsum and carbon sources on soil physical properties.
Walia, M.K., and Dick, W. A. 2018, Geoderma. 320:67-73.
Does tillage or fertilizer provide resilience to extreme weather events in southern Illinois?
Resilience to extreme weather conditions through soil management practices.
Walia, M.K., Krausz, R., and Cook, R.L. 2018. 2018, Agronomy Journal. 110 (5): 1-7.
Winter camelina seed yield and quality response to harvest time.
Winter camelina seed yield and oil quality affected by different harvest dates.
Walia, M.K., Wells M.S., Cubins, J., Wyse, D., Gardner, R.D., Gesch, R., and Forcella, F. 2018, Industrial Crops and Products. 125: 765-775.
Deep soil carbon after 44 years of tillage and fertilizer management in southern Illinois compared to forest and restored prairie soils.
Changes in soil Carbon with different types of tillage practices.
Walia, M.K., Baer, S. G., and Cook, R.L. 2017, Journal of Soil and Water Conservation 72 (4) 405-415.
Impact of integrated nutrient management on soil health and rice yields in India - A Review. Walia, M.K., Dhaliwal, S.S., and Walia, S.S. 2017, Indian Journal of Fertilizers 13(7): 28-41.
Evaluation of dry peas (Pisum sativum L.) varieties for seedling vigor indices in eastern Montana.
Dry peas variety
Walia, M.K., Mohammed, Y.A., and Chen, C. 2017, Communications in Soil Science and Plant Analysis 48 (22):2652-2662.
Soil chemical properties and plant growth as influenced by gypsum and Carbon amendments application.
Soil chemistry
Walia, M.K., and Dick, W. A. 2016, Journal of Soil Science and Plant Nutrition 16 (3): 832-847.
Special Publications
Nevada State Crop and Resource-Use Needs Assessment: Stakeholder Perspectives on Crop, Resource Use, Pest and General Agricultural Needs
Needs Assessment special publication for the state of Nevada, on crops, resource use, pest control, and general agricultural needs.
Walia, M., Snider, K., Evans, W., Weigel, D. 2021, Extension, University of Nevada, Reno, SP-21-13