Montse Salmeron

Montse Salmeron

Assistant Professor
Phone (859) 323-3982

427 Plant Science Building,
1405 Veterans Drive, Lexington KY 40546-0312

Grain Crops

Apointed Distribution of Effort (ADE):

75% Research, 25% Teaching


2011    Ph.D. University of Lleida, Spain.

2005    Agricultural Engineering. University of Lleida, Spain.

2002    Technical Agricultural Engineering. Escola Superior d’Agricultura de Barcelona, Spain.

Areas of Interest:

The goal of my research program is to develop an integrated interdisciplinary approach for increasing the productivity and sustainabiliy of grain crop production systems in Kentucky and surrounding states. This integrated approach includes: i) the study of yield physiology and the role of enviornmental variables involved in grain yield determination, ii) evaluation of genotype x environment x management options that can optimize the use of light, water, and nutrients, iii) the aid of mechanistic crop simulation models as a platform for studying and predicting complex soil-plant-atmoshphere interactions, and iv) collaborations with geneticists, economists, and high-thoroughput phenotyping and precision agriculture techniques. The final goal of this interdisciplinary effort is the development of user-frendly decision tools and recomendations that address current and future challenges for increasing productivity with a sustainable use of resources.

Professional Experience:

Assistant Professor in Grain Crop Systems Agronomy, Ecology and Physiology. 2016 – present. Department of Plant and Soil Sciences. University of Kentucky, Lexington, KY.

Postdoctoral Research Associate. 2012-2016. Department of Crop, Soil, and Environmental Sciences, University of Arkansas, Fayetteville, AR.

Graduate student, Ph.D. program. 2006-2011. Soils and Irrigation Department. Agrifood Research and Technology Centre of Aragón (CITA), and Spanish National Research Council (CSIC), Zaragoza, Spain.

Peer reviewed publications:

Salmerόn M., Purcell LC, Vories ED, Shannon G. 2016. Simulation of soybean genotype-by-environment interactions for yield under irrigation in the Midsouth with DSSAT-CROPGRO. Agricultural systems (in review).

Popp MP, Purcell LC, Salmerόn M. Decision Support Software for Soybean Growers:  Analyzing Maturity Group and Planting Date Tradeoffs for the U.S. Midsouth. Crop, Forage, and Turfgrass Management. (in review).

Salmerόn M., and Purcell LC. 2016. Simplifying the prediction of phenology with the DSSAT-CROPGRO-Soybean model based on relative maturity group and determinacy. Agricultural Systems. (in press).

Weeks W, Popp M, Salmerόn M, Purcell LC, Gbur EE, Bourland FM, Buehring NW, Earnest L, Felix BF, Golden B, Hathcoat D, Lofton J, McClure AT, Miller TD, Neely C, Shannon G, Udeigwe TK, Verbree DA, Vories ED, Wiebold, WJ, Dixon B. 2016. Diversifying soybean production risk using maturity group and planting date choices. Agronomy Journal (in first look). doi: 10.2134/agronj2016.01.0056.

Salmerόn M, Gbur E., Bourland FM, Buehring NW, Earnest L, Felix BF, Golden B, Hathcoat D, Lofton J, McClure AT, Miller TD, Neely C, Shannon G, Udeigwe TK, Verbree DA, Vories ED, Wiebold, WJ, Purcell LC. 2016. Yield response to planting date among soybean maturity groups for irrigated production in the US Midsouth. Crop science, 56: 747-759.

Salmerόn M, Gbur EE, Bourland FM, Golden BR, Earnest L, Purcell LC. 2015. Soybean maturity group choices for maximizing light interception across planting dates in the U.S. Midsouth. Agronomy Journal, 107: 2132-2142

Van Roekel RJ, Purcell LC, Salmerón M. 2015. Physiological and management factors contributing to soybean potential yield. 2015. Field Crops Research, 182: 86-97.

Isla R, Salmerón M, CaveroJ, YagüeMR, Quílez D. 2015. Utility of the end-of-season nitrate test for nitrogen sufficiency of irrigated maize under Mediterranean semi-arid conditions. Spanish Journal of Agronomy, 13: e09-002.

Salmerón M, Gbur EE, Bourland FM, Buehring NW, Earnest L, Fritschi FB, Golden, BR, Hathcoat D, Lofton J, Miller TD, Nelly C, Shannon G, Udeigwe T, Verbree DA, Vories ED, Wiebold WJ, Purcell LC. 2014. Soybean maturity group choices for early- and late-plantings in the Midsouth. Agronomy Journal, 106: 1893-1901.

Salmerón M, Cavero J, Isla R, Porter CH, Jones JW, Boote KJ. 2014. DSSAT Nitrogen cycle simulation of cover crop-maize rotations under irrigated Mediterranean conditions. Agronomy Journal, 106: 1283-1296.

Salmerón M, Urrego YF, Isla R, Cavero J. 2012. Including irrigation uniformity in DSSAT-CERES-Maize for improved predictions of maize grain yield under semiarid conditions. Agricultural Water management, 113: 1-9.

Salmerón M, Isla R, Cavero J. 2011. Effect of winter cover crop species and planting method on maize yield and N availability under irrigated Mediterranean conditions. Field Crops Research, 123: 89-99.

Cela S, Salmerόn M, Isla R, Cavero J, Santiveri P, Lloveras J. 2011. Reduced nitrogen fertilization to corn following alfalfa in an irrigated semiarid environment. Agronomy Journal, 103: 520-528.

Salmerón M, Cavero J, Quílez D, Isla R. 2010. Winter cover crops affect monoculture maize yield and N leaching under irrigated Mediterranean conditions. Agronomy Journal, 102: 1700-1709.

Salmerón M, Cavero J, Delgado I, Isla R. 2010. Yield and environmental effects of summer pig slurry applications to irrigated alfalfa in Mediterranean conditions. Agronomy Journal, 102: 559-567.

Thorup-Kristensen K, Salmerón M, Loges R. 2009. Winter wheat roots grow twice as deep as spring wheat roots, is this important for N uptake and N leaching losses? Plant and soil, 322: 101-114.

Decision support tools:

Popp MP, Purcell LC, Salmerόn M. 2016. Soybean maturity, analysis, and planning (SoyMAP) user manual. (Tool available for download at

Management recommendation guides:

Salmerόn M., Purcell LC, Earnest L, Ross J. 2016. Soybean yield response: planting date and maturity groups in Arkansas. 

McClure AT, Salmerόn M, Verbree D, Purcell LC. 2016. Soybean yield response: Planting date and maturity groups in Tennessee. 

Salmerόn M, Purcell LC, Neely CB, Loften J, Levy R. 2016. Soybean yield response: planting date and maturity groups in Texas and Louisiana. 

Purcell, L.C., M. Salmeron, and L.O. Ashlock. 2013. Soybean growth and development. In: Arkansas Soybean Handbook. University of Arkansas Cooperative Extension Service, Little Rock. (