Meetpal Kukal

Affiliate Researcher
Titles and Affiliations
Assistant Research Professor, Agricultural & Biological Engineering

Meetpal Kukal’s research includes assessing and improving resource use efficiencies in agricultural landscapes, with a primary focus on water. His interests span across measuring and modeling agro-hydrologic and surface energy balance components, such as evapotranspiration in stressed and non-stressed environments, sensing soil and crop response to abiotic stress, and agroecosystem response to weather variability. He employs these data and knowledge to work with stakeholders to improve profitability and sustainability of their operations.

 

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Recent Publications

Atmospheric dryness impacts on crop yields are buffered in soils with higher available water capacity

Kukal, M. S., Irmak, S., Dobos, R. & Gupta, S., Jan 1 2023, In: Geoderma. 429, 116270.

Research output: Contribution to journalArticlepeer-review

Can limits of plant available water be inferred from soil moisture distributions?

Kukal, M. S. & Irmak, S., Dec 2023, In: Agricultural and Environmental Letters. 8, 2, e20113.

Research output: Contribution to journalArticlepeer-review

Disentangling day–night contributions toward altering atmospheric desiccation strength for US croplands

Kukal, M. S. & Irmak, S., Sep 1 2023, In: Agronomy Journal. 115, 5, p. 2227-2238 12 p.

Research output: Contribution to journalArticlepeer-review

Drivers of enhanced evaporative demand in U.S. croplands: Determining relative contribution using constrained input scenarios

Kukal, M. S., Kukal, S., Irmak, S. & Vellidis, G., 2023, (Accepted/In press) In: Journal of the American Water Resources Association.

Research output: Contribution to journalArticlepeer-review

Fractional coefficient for estimating physiologically meaningful and diurnal transpiration cycle weighted VPD from daily ambient environmental data

Kukal, M. S. & Irmak, S., Aug 15 2023, In: Agricultural and Forest Meteorology. 339, 109583.

Research output: Contribution to journalArticlepeer-review

Alteration in surface energy balance fluxes induced from long-term disk-tilled versus no-till management in maize production

Irmak, S. & Kukal, M. S., Jul 2022, In: Soil and Tillage Research. 221, 105383.

Research output: Contribution to journalArticlepeer-review

Automated real-time irrigation analytics inform diversity in regional irrigator behavior and water withdrawal and use characteristics

Irmak, S., Brar, D., Kukal, M. S., Odhiambo, L. & Djaman, K., Oct 1 2022, In: Agricultural Water Management. 272, 107837.

Research output: Contribution to journalArticlepeer-review

Maize response to coupled irrigation and nitrogen fertilization under center pivot, subsurface drip and surface (furrow) irrigation: Growth, development and productivity

Irmak, S., Mohammed, A. T. & Kukal, M. S., Apr 1 2022, In: Agricultural Water Management. 263, 107457.

Research output: Contribution to journalArticlepeer-review

Multi-model projections of trade-offs between irrigated and rainfed maize yields under changing climate and future emission scenarios

Irmak, S., Sandhu, R. & Kukal, M. S., Mar 1 2022, In: Agricultural Water Management. 261, 107344.

Research output: Contribution to journalArticlepeer-review

Soil moisture heterogeneity and sensor deployment in uniformly managed field with unitextural soil

Irmak, S., Kukal, M. S. & Sharma, K., May 1 2022, In: Agronomy Journal. 114, 3, p. 1800-1816 17 p.

Research output: Contribution to journalArticlepeer-review

Spatial Patterns and Magnitudes of Agriculturally Pertinent Climate Indicators across Agroecosystems in Türkiye

Irmak, S., Kukal, M. S. & Topcu, S., Sep 2022, In: Journal of Applied Meteorology and Climatology. 61, 9, p. 1329-1348 20 p.

Research output: Contribution to journalArticlepeer-review

Temporal Trends in Agriculturally Relevant Climate Indicators across Nine Agroecosystems of Turkey

Irmak, S. & Kukal, M. S., Jun 2022, In: Journal of Applied Meteorology and Climatology. 61, 6, p. 631-649 19 p.

Research output: Contribution to journalArticlepeer-review

Nocturnal transpiration in field crops: Implications for temporal aggregation and diurnal weighing of vapor pressure deficit

Kukal, M. S. & Irmak, S., May 31 2022, In: Agricultural Water Management. 266, 107578.

Research output: Contribution to journalArticlepeer-review

Effect of water stress on weed germination, growth characteristics, and seed production: a global meta-analysis

Singh, M., Thapa, R., Kukal, M. S., Irmak, S., Mirsky, S. & Jhala, A. J., Nov 21 2022, In: Weed Science. 70, 6, p. 621-640 20 p.

Research output: Contribution to journalReview articlepeer-review

Water Use Characteristics of Weeds: A Global Review, Best Practices, and Future Directions

Singh, M., Kukal, M. S., Irmak, S. & Jhala, A. J., Jan 7 2022, In: Frontiers in Plant Science. 12, 794090.

Research output: Contribution to journalReview articlepeer-review