College of Agricultural, Human, and Natural Resource Sciences

Dept. of Crop and Soil Sciences

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The Department of Crop and Soil Sciences at Washington State University serves the Land Grant tradition by offering nationally competitive undergraduate and graduate education programs, conducting fundamental and applied plant and soil research, and extending the science of our disciplines to serve the public. Read more

From a Refugee Facing Hunger – To a Student Learning to Fight It

Cedric Habiyaremye, 29, has big dreams. As a graduate student at Washington State University in Pullman, Washington, he’s researching crops that will help improve nutrition and make farming systems more sustainable. There’s a reason he’s making this his life’s work, and it all began two decades ago when he was a young boy in Rwanda. (Read More)

2015 Dryland Field Day Abstracts are Now Available

To view the 2015 Dryland Field Day Abstracts, click here.

Organic Agriculture More Profitable to Farmers

PULLMAN, Wash. – A comprehensive study finds organic agriculture is more profitable for farmers than conventional agriculture. (Read More)

Dryland Roots: WSU Lind Station Looks Back on a Century

LIND, Wash. – The Washington State University Dryland Research Station will celebrate its 100th anniversary at the annual Lind Field Day on Thursday, June 11. (Read More)

Fullbright Winner will Improve Rice by Decontaminating Soil

PULLMAN, Wash. – Having studied soil contamination and its effect on food sources worldwide, it seems fitting that Ph.D. student Patrick Freeze of Washington State University should win a Fulbright grant during the United Nations International Year of Soil. (Read More)

Study Puts a Price on Help Nature Provides Agriculture

PULLMAN, Wash. – Scientists from Australia, Denmark, New Zealand, the United Kingdom and the United States describe the research they conducted on organic and conventional farms to arrive at dollar values for natural processes that aid farming and that can substitute for costly fossil fuel-based inputs. The study appears in the journal PeerJ. (Read More)

Bread Lab Inspires Chef Promoting Handmade Food

MOUNT VERNON, Wash. – James Beard Award-winning chef, restaurateur and cookbook author Marc Vetri will share his culinary insights – and fresh pasta samples – at a free, public book signing at 7 p.m. Thursday, April 16, at the Washington State University Mount Vernon Research Center. (Read More)

Study Points the Way Toward Producing Rubber from Lettuce

PULLMAN, Wash. – Prickly lettuce, a common weed that has long vexed farmers, has potential as a new cash crop providing raw material for rubber production, according to Washington State University scientists. (Read More)

Reganold to Receive Eminent Faculty Award

PULLMAN, Wash. – John P. Reganold will receive the 2015 Eminent Faculty Award from Washington State University during the Celebrating Excellence Recognition Banquet at 5:30 p.m. Friday, March 27, part of WSU’s annual Showcase celebration of faculty, staff and student excellence. (Read More)

The Big Picture of WSU Wheat Breeding, Through a New Lens

Wheat breeders at Washington State University are sizing up experimental crops from a new perspective — cameras that see far better than the human eye. (Read More)

Building on the Shoulders of Giants
WSU’s 100th Variety to be Released this Spring

Wheat farming may have started 10,000 years ago, but it’s only been within the last 115 that scientists have begun to understand enough about the plant’s genetic machinery to improve upon it through breeding. (Read More)

Fighting Tulip Weeds, Diseases with Cover Crops

MOUNT VERNON, Wash. – Rotating cover crops in tulip fields shows promise for fighting disease in the economically important flower bulb, according to early research findings at the Washington State University research center in Mount Vernon. (Read More)

Grazing Among Grains Yields Ecological, Economic Benefits

PULLMAN, Wash. – You generally don’t find livestock among the hills in the Palouse region of eastern Washington where grain is grown. But wheat farmers Eric and Sheryl Zakarison are changing that – and making a profit. (Read More)

Conserving Soil and Water in the Dryland Wheat Region

LIND, Wash. – In the world’s driest rainfed wheat region, Washington State University researchers have identified summer fallow management practices that can make all the difference for farmers, water and soil conservation, and air quality. (Read More)

WSU Wins National Award for Water-Saving Research

Water scarcity – one of the toughest challenges predicted for the 21st century – is being addressed by Washington State University. As part of a multistate research program, WSU is among 19 land-grant universities honored recently for their efforts to help farmers irrigate their land more efficiently, especially during droughts and water shortages. (Read More)

Rebuilding Soil Boosts Threatened Beet Seed Production

MOUNT VERNON, Wash. – Growers in the fertile Skagit Valley have reported drops in historical beet seed yields of as much as 50 percent, according to Lindsey du Toit, vegetable seed pathologist at Washington State University. While disease and herbicides may cause isolated problems, researchers recently determined that poor soil is the prevailing factor. (Read More)

WSU to Offer Online Graduate Certificate in Sustainable Ag

PULLMAN, Wash. – Washington State University will launch an online graduate certificate in sustainable agriculture in the spring. (Read More)

Wheat Gene Discovery Clears Way for Non-GMO Breeding

PULLMAN, Wash. – Washington State University researchers have found “the most famous wheat gene,” a reproductive traffic cop of sorts that can be used to transfer valuable genes from other plants to wheat. (Read More)

Researchers Explain Mystery of Cereal Grain Defense

PULLMAN, Wash. – Crop scientists at Washington State University have explained how genes in the barley plant turn on defenses against aging and stressors like drought, heat and disease. (Read More)

Canola Production Tripled in Washington State from 2012 to 2014!

Have you passed a beautiful yellow field in full bloom and wondered just what it was? In Washington, there is a good chance that you may have passed a field of canola! Canola production has dramatically increased in Washington over the past three years! (Read More)

New Video – Canola Production in Washington and WSU Research and Extension

WSU CAHNRS Communications has produced a video with aerial footage from a winter canola field tour south of Odessa. The video highlights the recent increase in canola acreage in Washington, and provides information about the Washington Oilseed Cropping Systems project based at WSU since 2007. (Watch Video)

Carpenter-Boggs Honored with Alumni Achievement Award

PULLMAN, Wash. – Lynn Carpenter-Boggs, a Washington State University alumna and faculty member, was honored recently with the Washington State University Alumni Association (WSUAA) Alumni Achievement Award in recognition of her outstanding accomplishments as a researcher, professor and scientist in the fields of soil microbiology, sustainable agriculture and crop and soil sciences. (Read More)

WSU Scholars

Check out the research productivity of our Department’s faculty. (Read More)




Organic Agriculture and Farming Systems



Cereal Variety Testing Program 2015 Preliminary Data



Stripe Rust Alerts



Wheat and Small Grains


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