Dr. Song Cui

Professor - Digital Agriculture

Dr. Song Cui
+1 (615) 898-51
Room 102, Horticulture Facility (HC)
MTSU Box 5, Murfreesboro, TN 37132
Office Hours

 TR 9:00-10:00

Degree Information

  • PHD, Texas Tech University (2011)
  • BS, Lanzhou University (2006)

Areas of Expertise

Organic Agriculture, Digital Agriculture, Small Farming


  1. Qin, W., L. Niu, Y. You, S. Cui, C. Chen, and Z. Li. 2024. Effects of conservation tillage and straw mulching on crop yield, water use efficiency, carbon sequestration and economic benefits in the Loess Plateau region of China: A meta-analysis. Soil Tillage Res. 238:106025. (IF = 6.50)
  2. Qin, W., X. Zhao, F. Yang, J. Chen, Q. Mo, S. Cui, C. Chen, S. He, and Z. Li. 2023. Impact of fertilization and grazing on soil N and enzyme activitie...
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  1. Qin, W., L. Niu, Y. You, S. Cui, C. Chen, and Z. Li. 2024. Effects of conservation tillage and straw mulching on crop yield, water use efficiency, carbon sequestration and economic benefits in the Loess Plateau region of China: A meta-analysis. Soil Tillage Res. 238:106025. (IF = 6.50)
  2. Qin, W., X. Zhao, F. Yang, J. Chen, Q. Mo, S. Cui, C. Chen, S. He, and Z. Li. 2023. Impact of fertilization and grazing on soil N and enzyme activities in a karst pasture ecosystem. Geoderma 437:116578 (IF = 7.42)
  3. Xu, S., S. Jagadamma, S. Cui, R.N. Oakes, and J.O.C. Kubesch. 2023. Forage species composition influenced soil health in organic forage transitioning systems. Agric. Ecosys. Environ. 342:108228 (IF = 6.57)
  4. Li, Z., S. Xu, N. Rajan, S. Nair, S. Jagadamma, R. Nave, J. Kubesch, G. Bates, D. McIntosh, C. Chen, and S. Cui. 2022. Productivity and nutritive value of no-input minimum tillage organic forage systems. Nutr. Cycling Agroecosyst. 124:335-357 (IF = 3.87)
  5. Menefee, D., N. Rajan, and S. Cui. 2022. Modeling Carbon Uptake of Dryland Maize using High Resolution Satellite Imagery. Front. Remote Sens. 3:810030
  6. Li, Z., D. Menefee, X. Yang, S. Cui, and N. Rajan. 2022. Simulating productivity of dryland cotton using APSIM, climate scenario analysis, and remote sensing. Agric. Forest Meteorol. 325:109148 (IF = 6.42)
  7. Qin, T., C. Sun, A. Kazim, S. Cui, Y. Wang, D. Richard, P. Yao, Z. Bi, Y. Liu, and J. Bai. 2022. Comparative Transcriptome Analysis of Deep-Rooting and Shallow-Rooting Potato (Solanum tuberosum L.) Genotypes under Drought Stress. Plants 11:2024 (IF = 3.9)
  8. Kubesch, J.O.C.*, R.L. Nave, A.P. Griffith, S. Cui, and G.E. Bates. 2022. Economic outcomes for transitioning to organic forage production. Crop Forage Turfgrass Manage. 8(2) e220178 (IF = 0.7)
  9. Li, Z., S. Cui, R. Q. Zhang, G. Xu, Q. Feng, C. Chen, and Y. Li. 2022. Optimizing Wheat Yield, Water, and Nitrogen Use Efficiency With Water and Nitrogen Inputs in China: A Synthesis and Life Cycle Assessment. Front. Plant Sci. 13:930484 (IF = 4.41)
  10. Kubesch, J.O.C. *, R.L.G. Nave, S. Cui, G.E. Bates, D.M. Butler, and V. Pantalone. 2022. Transitional organic forage systems in the U.S. Southeast: Production and nutritive value. Agron. J. 114 (2): 1269-1283 (IF = 1.68)
  11. Yang, X.,* D. Menefee, S. Cui, and N. Rajan. 2021. Assessing the impacts of projected climate changes on maize (Zea mays) productivity using crop models and climate scenario simulation. Crop Pasture Sci. 72:969-984 (IF = 2.2)
  12. Li, Z. C. Chen, A. Nevins, T. Pirtle,* and S. Cui. 2021. Assessing and Modeling Ecosystem Carbon Exchange and Water Vapor Flux of a Pasture Ecosystem in the Temperate Climate-Transition Zone. Agronomy. 11:2071 (IF = 3.64)
  13. Adkins, J.B., J.P. Gulizia, K.M. Downs, and S. Cui. 2021. SXI-11 Assessing in situ rumen degradability of late season kudzu (Pueraria montana var. lobata). J. Anim. Sci. 99: 350 (IF = 1.714)
  14. Menefee, D., N. Rajan, S. Cui, M. Bagavathiannan, R. Schnell, and J. West. 2021. Simulation of Dryland Maize Growth and Evapotranspiration using DSSAT-CERES-Maize Model. Agron. J. 113:1317-1332. (IF = 1.68)
  15. Xu, S., S. Jagadamma, R. Nave, S. Cui, E. Byers, and Z. Li. 2021. Potential and Challenges of Growing Cover Crops in Organic Production Systems. In: Cover Crops and Sustainable Agriculture. R. Islam, and B. Sherman (eds.). CRC Press. Landon. Chapter 3.
  16. Cui, X., T. Goff, S. Cui, D. Menefee, Q. Wu, N. Rajan, S. Nair, N. Phillips, and F. Walker. 2021. Predicting Carbon and Water Vapor Fluxes using Machine Learning and Novel Feature Ranking Algorithms. Sci. Total Environ. 775:145130 (IF = 6.55)
  17. Li, Y., Z. Li, S. Cui, G. Liang, and Q. Zhang. 2021. Microbial-derived carbon components are critical for enhancing soil organic carbon in no-tillage croplands: A global perspective. Soil Tillage Res. 205:104758. (IF = 4.60)
  18. Haruna, S., S.H. Anderson, R.P. Udawatta, C.J. Gantzer, N.C. Phillips, S. Cui, and Y. Gao. 2020. Improving soil physical properties through the use of cover crops: A review. Agrosyst. Geosci. Environ. 3:e20105.
  19. Menefee, D., N. Rajan, S.Cui, M. Bagavathiannan, R. Schnell, and J. West. 2020. Carbon exchange of a dryland cotton field and its relationship with PlanetScope remote sensing data. Agric. Forest Meteorol. 294:108130. (IF = 4.60)
  20. Li, Z., Q. Zhang, W. Wei, S. Cui, W. Tang, and Y. Li. 2020. Determining effects of water and nitrogen inputs on wheat yield and water productivity and nitrogen use efficiency in China: A quantitative synthesis. Agric. Water Manage. 242:106397. (IF = 4.02)
  21. Li, Y., Z. Li, S.X. Chang, S. Cui, S. Jagadamma, Q. Zhang, and Y. Cai. 2020. Residue retention promotes soil carbon accumulation in minimum tillage systems: Implication for conservation agriculture. Sci. Total Environ. 740:140147. (IF = 6.55)
  22. Li, Y., S. Cui, Z. Zhang, K. Zhuang, Z. Wang, and Q, Zhang. 2020. Determine effects of water and nitrogen input on maize (Zea mays) yield, water- and nitrogen-use efficiency: A global synthesis. Sci. Rep. 10:9699. (IF = 3.99)
  23. Li, Y., Z. Li, S. Cui, and Q. Zhang. 2020. Trade-off between soil pH, bulk density and other soil physical properties under global no-tillage agriculture. Geoderma 361:114099. (IF = 4.84)
  24. Yang, X., Z. Li., S. Cui, Q. Cao, J. Deng, X. Lai, and Y. Shen. 2020. Cropping system productivity and evapotranspiration in the semiarid Loess Plateau of China under future temperature and precipitation changes: An APSIM-based analysis of rotational vs. continuous systems. Agric. Water Manage. 229:105959. (IF = 4.02)
  25. Cui, S., Q. Wu, J. West, and J. Bai. 2019. Machine learning-based microarray analyses indicate low-expression genes might collectively influence PAH disease. PLoS Comput. Biol. 15(8):e1007264. (IF = 4.70)
  26. Gulizia, J.P., K.M. Downs, and S. Cui. 2019. Kudzu (Pueraria montana var. lobata) age variability effects on total and nutrient-specific in situ rumen degradation. J. Appl. Anim. Res. 47:433-439. (IF = 1.24)
  27. Li, Y., Z. Li, S. Cui, S. Jagadamma, and Q. Zhang. 2019. Residue retention plus minimum tillage improve physical environment of the soil in cropland: A global meta-analysis. Soil Tillage Res. 194:104292. (IF = 4.60)
  28. Miao, F., Y. Li, S. Cui, S. Jagadamma, G. Yang, and Q. Zhang. 2019. Soil extracellular enzyme activities under long-term fertilization management in the croplands of China: A meta-analysis. Nutr. Cycling Agroecosyst. 114:125-138. (IF = 2.45)
  29. Sharma, S., N. Rajan, S. Cui, S. Maas, K.D. Casey, S. Ale, and R. Jessup. 2019. Carbon and evapotranspiration dynamics of a non-native perennial grass with biofuel potential in the Southern U.S. Great Plains. Agric. Forest Meteorol. 269-270:285-293. (IF = 4.60)
  30. Pirtle, T., L. Rumble, M. Klug, F. Walker, S. Cui, and N. Phillips. 2019. Impact of biochar and different nitrogen sources on forage radish production in Middle Tennessee. J. Adv. Agric. 10:1594-1610.
  31. Li, Y., Z. Li, S. Cui, S.X. Chang, C. Jia, and Q. Zhang. 2019. A global synthesis of the effect of water and nitrogen input on maize (Zea mays) yield, water productivity and nitrogen use efficiency. Agric. Forest Meteorol. 268:136-145. (IF = 4.60)
  32. Li, Y., S. Cui, S.X. Chang, and Q. Zhang. 2019. Liming affects soil pH and crop yield depending on lime material type, application method and rate, and crop species: a global meta-analysis. J. Soils Sediment 19:1393-1406. (IF = 2.76)
  33. Yang, X., L. Zheng, Q. Yang, Z. Wang, S. Cui, and Y. Shen. 2018. Modeling the effects of conservation tillage on crop water productivity, soil water dynamics and evapotranspiration of a maize-winter wheat-soybean rotation system on the Loess Plateau of China using APSIM. Agric. Syst. 166:111-123. (IF = 4.21)
  34. Li, Z., X. Yang, S. Cui, Q. Yang, X. Yang, J. Li, Y. Shen. 2018. Developing sustainable crop rotation with conservation tillage practices on the Loess Plateau, a long-term imperative. Field Crops Res. 222:164-179. (IF = 4.30)
  35. Li, Z., X. Lai, Q. Yang, X. Yang, S. Cui and Y. Shen. 2018. In search of long-term sustainable tillage and straw mulching practices for a maize-winter wheat-soybean rotation system in the Loess Plateau of China. Field Crops Res. 217:199-210. (IF = 4.30)
  36. Li, Z., Q. Zhang, Q. Yang, X, Yang, J. Li, S. Cui, and Y. Shen. 2017. Yield, Water Productivity and Economic Return of Dryland Wheat in the Loess Plateau in Response to Conservation Tillage Practices. J. Agric. Sci. 155:1272-1286.  
  37. Sharma, S., N. Rajan, S. Cui, K. Casey, S. Ale, R. Jessup, C. West and S. Maas. 2017. Seasonal variability of evapotranspiration and carbon exchanges over a biomass sorghum field in the Southern US Great Plains. Biomass Bioenergy 105:392-401. (IF = 3.55)
  38. Guo, W., S. Cui, J. Torrion, and N. Rajan. 2015. Data-Driven Precision Agriculture: Opportunities and Challenges. In: Soil-Specific Farming: Precision Architecture. R. Lal, and B. Stewart (eds.). CRC Press. Landon. Chapter 14. p. 353-371.
  39. Attia, A, N. Rajan, G. Ritchie, E. Barnes, S. Cui, A. Ibrahim, D. Hays, Q. Xue, and J. Wilborn. 2015. Yield, quality, and spectral reflectance responses of cotton under subsurface drip irrigation. Agron. J. 107:1355-1364. (IF = 1.68)
  40. Rajan, N., S.J. Maas R. Kellison, M. Dollar, S. Cui, S. Sharma, and A. Attia. 2015. Emitter uniformity and application efficiency for center pivot irrigation systems. Irrig. Drain. 64:353-361. (IF = 1.20)
  41. Rajan, N, S.J. Maas, and S. Cui. 2015. Extreme drought effects on summer evapotranspiration and energy balance of a grassland in the Southern Great Plains. Ecohydrol. 8:1194-1204. (IF = 2.76)
  42. Mirik, M., Y. Emendack, A. Attia, S. Chaudhuri, M. Roy, G.F. Backoulou, and S. Cui. 2014. Detecting musk thistle (Carduus nutans) infection using a target recognition algorithm. Adv. Remote Sens. 3:95–105.
  43. Cui, S., C.J. Zilverberg, V.G. Allen, C.P. Brown, J. Moore-Kucera, D.B. Wester, M. Mirik, S. Chaudhuri, and N. Phillips. 2014. Carbon and nitrogen responses of three old world bluestems to nitrogen fertilization or inclusion of a legume. Field Crops Res. 164:45–53. (IF = 4.30)
  44. Cui, S., E. Youn, J. Lee, and S.J. Maas. 2014. An improved systematic approach to predicting transcription factor target genes using support vector machine. PLoS ONE 9(4): e94519. (IF = 2.74)
  45. Mirik, M., R.J. Ansley, K. Steddom, C.M. Rush, G.J. Michels, Jr., F. Workneh, S. Cui, and N.C. Elliott. 2014. High spectral and spatial resolution hyperspectral imagery for quantifying Russian wheat aphid infestation in wheat using the constrained energy minimization classifier. J. Appl. Remote Sens. 8(1):083661. (IF = 1.36)
  46. Cui, S., N. Rajan, S.J. Maas, and E. Youn. 2014. An automated soil line identification method using relevance vector machine. Remote Sens. Lett. 5:175–184. (IF = 2.29)
  47. Rajan, N, S.J. Maas, and S. Cui. 2013. Extreme drought effects on carbon dynamics of a pasture in the semi-arid Southern High Plains of Texas. Agron. J. 105:1749–1760. (IF = 1.68)
  48. Cui, S., V.G. Allen, C.P. Brown, and D.B. Wester. 2013. Growth and nutritive value of three old world bluestems and three legumes in semiarid Texas High Plains. Crop Sci. 53:329–340. (IF = 1.87)
  49. Li, C., Z. Nan, S. Cui, Y. Hu, D. Li, Q. Li, Y. Li, and Z. Li. 2003. Pathogenicity of ten fungi affecting three common cool-season turfgrasses of China. Pratacultural Sci. 20:75–77.

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