Dr. Xinhua Jia


Morrill Hall Room 205
Agricultural and Biosystems Engineering
NDSU Dept. 7620
PO Box 6050
Fargo, ND 58108-6050


Dr. Xinhua Jia

P.E., Associate Professor

Responsibilities - Teaching (25%) Research (75%)

Featured Research Project Videos

Sweet Corn Mulch Project - Introduction

Benefits of Mulch on Sweet Corn

Frequently Asked Questions about Mulch Application

Expertise Areas

Irrigation and drainage
Water Quality


Ph.D. Agricultural and Biosystems Engineering, University of Arizona
M.S. Agricultural Engineering, University of Arizona
B.S. Agronomy, Xinjiang Agricultural University
Registered Professional Engineer

Research Interests

Funded Research

  • PI, Feasibility of the use of tile drainage for subsurface irrigation in the Red River Valley and its impact on soil chemical and physical properties. ND State Water Commission.
  • PI, Tile drainage and subirrigation evaluations in Richland County for effects on soil and water quality. USDA NRCS.
  • PI, Impact of subsurface drainage on water availability in the Red River Basin. USDA CSREES.
  • Co-PI, Red River Valley tile drainage water quality assessment – phase II. USDA EPA 319.
  • PI, Impact of agricultural practices on snow hydrology. NDSU Development Foundation
  • Co-PI, Combining scintillometry and eddy covariance to evaluate and validate remotely sensed evapotranspiration rate at various spatial scales. ND NASA EPSCoR.
  • PI, Effect of optimal water management for sustainable and profitable crop production and improvement of water quality in Red River Valley. USDA NCR SARE.
  • PI, Subirrigation with high sodium adsorption ratio groundwater and its effect on soil and water quality. ND State Water Commission
  • PI, Plastic mulch effects on corn yields, ND Corn Council

Professional Experience

Professional Memberships

  • American Society of Agricultural and Biological Engineers (ASABE).
  • Environmental and Water Resources Institute (EWRI) of the American Society of Civil Engineers.
  • American Geophysical Union (AGU).
  • American Society for Engineering Education (ASEE).
  • North Central Extension Research Activity (NCERA-217): Drainage design and management practices to improve water quality.
  • Agricultural Drainage Management Systems Task Force (ADMS).

Professional Activities - Reviewer

  • Transactions of the ASABE
  • Journal of Irrigation and Drainage
  • Journal of Hydrology
  • Water Resources Research
  • Journal of Hydrologic Engineering
  • Air, Water & Environment
  • Applied Engineering in Agriculture
  • Irrigation Science
  • Journal of Agronomy
  • Hydrological Processes
  • Journal of Geophysical Research

Courses Taught

  • ASM/NRM/SOIL 264 (2 sections) - Natural Resources Management Systems
  • ASM 264L - Natural Resources Management Systems Lab
  • ABEN 484/684 - Drainage and Wetland Engineering