Isaya Kisekka, Ph.D

UC Davis Isaya Kisekka Biological and Agricultural Engineering Professor Receives Recognition

Position Title
Professor and Graduate Program Admissions Chair

  • Biological and Agricultural Engineering
  • Land, Air and Water Resources
119 Veihmeyer Hall


My research focuses on developing management strategies and technologies to help farmers optimize productivity and net profitability under limited water while exerting minimum negative impacts on the environment. Current projects include evaluation of precision irrigation systems (microirrigation and sprinkler irrigation systems) in almonds and alfalfa production, development of integrated soil and plant water status sensing systems to guide irrigation scheduling, development of simulation-optimization models for irrigation, fertigation and salinity management for various crops e.g., process tomatoes, and alfalfa.

Selected Publications

Kisekka, I., Kandelous, M. M., B. Sanden, J. W. Hopmans. 2018. Uncertainties in leaching assessment in micro-irrigated fields using water balance approach. Agricultural Water Management. 213(1): 107-115.

Oker, E. T. and Kisekka. 2018. Evaluation of Maize Production under Mobile Drip Irrigation. Agricultural Water Management. 210(2018):11-21.

Araya, A., Kisekka, P. H. Gowda, and P.V. Vara Prasad. 2018. Grain Sorghum Production Functions under different irrigation capacities in western Kansas. Agricultural Water Management. 203(2018): 261-271.

Peng, B., K. Zhang, Kisekka, S. Bean, M. Zhang, and D. Wang. 2018. Evaluation of deficit irrigation strategies on sorghum grain attributes and biofuel production. Journal of Cereal Science. 79:13-20.

Kisekka, I.,C. DeJonge, L. Ma, J. Paz, and K. Douglas-Mankin. 2017. Crop Modeling Applications in Agricultural Water Management. Trans. ASABE. 60(6): 1959-1964.

Linker R. and Kisekka. 2017. Model-Based Deficit Irrigation of Maize in Kansas. Crop Modeling and Decision Support Special Collection. Trans. ASABE. 60(6): 2011-2022.

Adhikari1, P., P.H. Gowda, G.W. Marek, D.K. Brauer, Kisekka, B. Northup, and A. Rocatelli. 2017. Calibration and validation of CSM-CROPGRO-Cotton model using lysimeter data in the Texas High Plains. 2018. Journal of Contemporary Water Research and Education. 162(1): 61–78.

Zhang, K., B. Pang, Kisekka, M. Zhang, D. Rogers, and D. Wang. 2017. Effect of irrigation on physicochemical properties and bioethanol yield of drought tolerant and conventional corn. Irrigation Science. 35(158): 1–11.

Lin, X., J. Harrington, Jr., I. Ciampitti, P. Gowda, D. Brown, and Kisekka. 2017. Kansas trends and changes in temperature, precipitation, drought, and frost-free days from the 1890s to 2015. Journal of Contemporary Water Research and Education. 162(1):18-30

Fang, Qx, Ma, Liwang, Qi, Zhiming, Shen, Y. J, He, L, Xu, S.H., Kisekka, Isaya; Sima, M W, Malone, Robert, Yu, Qiang. 2017. Optimizing ET-Based Irrigation Scheduling For Wheat and Maize Rotation with Different Water Constraints. ASABE. 60(6): 2053-2065.

Wibowo, P. R., N. P. Hendricks, Kisekka, and A. Araya. 2017. The Impact of Risk Aversion on Optimal Irrigation Management. Trans ASABE. 60(6): 2111-2122.

Kisekka, I., Schlegel, L. Ma, P.H. Gowda, and P.V.V. Prasad. 2017. Optimizing preplant irrigation for maize under limited water in the High Plains. Agricultural Water Management 187 (2017) 154-163.

Kisekka, I., Oker, G. Nguyen, J. Aguilar and Danny Rogers. 2017. Revisiting Precision Mobile Drip Irrigation under Limited Water. Irrigation Science. 35(6): 483–500.

Zhang, M., H Singh, K. Migliaccio, Kisekka. 2017. Evaluating Water Table Response to Rainfall Events in a Shallow Aquifer and Canal System. Hydrological Processes. 31(22): 3907–3919.

Araya, A., Kisekka, P.V. Vara Prasad, and P. Gowda. 2017. Evaluating Optimum Limited Irrigation Management Strategies for Corn Production in the Ogallala Aquifer Region. ASCE. J. Irrig. Drain Eng. 143(10): 04017041.

Araya, A., I. Kisekka, X. Lin, P.V. Vara Prasad, P. H. Gowda, C. Rice, and A. Andales. 2017. Evaluating the Impact of Future Climate Change on Irrigated Corn Production in Kansas. Climate Risk Management. 17:139-154.

Araya, A., Kisekka, P. H. Gowda and P.V.V. Prasad. 2017. Evaluation of Water-Limited Cropping Systems in Western Kansas using DSSAT-CSM. Agricultural Systems. Volume 150: 86–98.

Araya, A., Kisekka, V. Prasad, J. Holman, A. Foster, and R. Lollato. 2017. Assessing the response of wheat yield, biomass and water productivity to irrigation water allocation based on growth stages: a simulation study. Transactions of the ASABE. 60(1): 107-121

Kisekka, I., J. Aguilar, D. Rogers, and N. Klocke. 2015. Assessing Deficit Irrigation Strategies for Corn Using Simulation. ASABE. 59(1): 303-317.

Araya, I. Kisekka, and J. Holman. 2016. Evaluating deficit irrigation management strategies for grain sorghum using AquaCrop. Irrigation Science. (2016) 34: 465.

Wanyama, J., H. Ssegane, Kisekka, A. J. Komakech, N. Banadda, A. Zziwa, T. O. Ebong, C. Mutumba, N. Kiggundu, R. K. Kayizi, D. B. Mucunguzi, and F. L. Kiyimba. 2016. Irrigation development in Uganda: Constraints, lessons learned and future perspectives. ASCE Irrigation and Drainage Engineering. 143(5): ISSN (online): 1943-4774.

Haileselassie, H., A. Araya, S. Habtu, K. G. Meles, G. Gebru, Kisekka, A. Girma, K. Meles Hadgu, A.J. Foster. 2016. Exploring optimal farm resources management strategy for Quncho-teff (Eragrostis tef (Zucc.) Trotter) using AquaCrop model. Agricultural Water Management. 178: 148–158.

Araya, A., Kisekka, A. Girma, K. M. Hadgu, F. N. Tegebu, A. H. Kassa, H. Ferreira, N. E. Santos Beltrão, A. Afewerk, A. Berhane, Y. Tsehaye L.G. Mrtorano, A. Zenebe. 2016. Exploring the challenges and opportunities for wheat under future climate in northern Ethiopia using APSIM model. The Journal of Agricultural Science. Cambridge University Press. 155(3): 379-393.

Holman, J., D. Min, N. Klocke, I. Kisekka, and R. Currie. 2016. Irrigation Amount and Timing Effects on Alfalfa Nutritive Value. ASABE. 59(4): 1-15.

Araya, A., G. Hoogenboom, E. Luedeling, K. M. Hadgu, Kisekka, and L. G. Martorano. 2015. Assessment of maize growth and yield using crop models under present and future climate in Southwestern Ethiopia. Agricultural and Forest Meteorology. 214–215:252–265.

Yuan, Y., Y. Khare, X. Wang, P. B. Parajuli, Kisekka, and S. Finsterle. 2015. Hydrologic and Water Quality Models: Sensitivity. Trans. ASABE. 58(6): 1721-1744.

Kisekka, I., K.W. Migliaccio, R. Muñoz-Carpena, Y. Khare, Y. C. Li. 2015. Modeling Soil Water Dynamics Considering Measurement Uncertainty. Hydrological Processes. 29(5) 692–711.

Klocke N., R. Currie, Kisekka, L. Stone. 2014. Corn and Grain Sorghum Response to Limited Irrigation, Drought, and Hail. Applied Engineering in Agriculture. 30(6): 915-924.

Kisekka, I., K.W. Migliaccio, R. Muñoz-Carpena, B. Schaffer, Y. C. Li, T. H. Boyer. 2014. Simulating water table response to proposed changes in surface water management in the C-111 agricultural basin of south Agricultural Water Management. 146:185–200.

Kisekka, I., K.W. Migliaccio, R. Muñoz-Carpena, B. Schaffer and Li. 2013. Dynamic Factor Analysis of Surface Water Management Impacts on Soil and Bedrock Water Contents in Southern Florida Lowlands. Journal of Hydrology. 488:55–72.

Kisekka, I., K.W. Migliaccio, R. Muñoz-Carpena, Y. Khare, and T. H. Boyer. 2013. Sensitivity analysis and parameter estimation for an approximate analytical model of canal-aquifer interaction applied in the C-111 Basin. ASABE. 56(3): 977-992.

Kisekka, I., K.W. Migliaccio, M.D. Dukes, B. Schaffer, J.H. Crane. 2010. Evapotranspiration‐Based Irrigation Scheduling and Physiological Response in a Carambola (Averrhoa carambola L.) Orchard. Applied Engineering in Agriculture. 26(3): 373-380.