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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

Growing Quinoa in the Pacific Northwest

Growing quinoa where few have grown before, Hannah Walters and Adam Peterson are learning a lot about how the protein-packed seed crop fares in the Pacific Northwest: the importance of starting small in unfamiliar territory, using proper irrigation, understanding how much heat the plant can take. At a test plot in northern Idaho, they even discovered how much deer like to eat the purple kind. (Read More)

5 Things to Know About Quinoa

This week, a new food is appearing on Passover tables around the country. The Orthodox Union, the authority on kosher foods, recently ruled that certain brands of quinoa could carry its “Kosher for Passover” symbol. (Read More)

New Online Decision Tools Aid Wheat, Barley Growers

PULLMAN, Wash. – Unsure of what wheat variety to plant this year? There’s a tool for that. Need help measuring the nitrogen levels in your field, before or after harvest? There’s a tool for that too, thanks to Washington State University. (Read More)

Can Good Fungi Restore Bad Soil?

Tarah Sullivan is fascinated by fungi, especially the ones in agricultural soils that offer hope for addressing toxicity issues by transforming harmful metals.

As a new assistant professor of soil microbiology in the WSU Department of Crop and Soil Sciences, Sullivan is busy setting up her laboratory to study how soil microbes can transform toxic metals like aluminum, cadmium, or lead into less toxic forms, and how they can help plants take up essential micronutrients like iron, zinc, and copper. (Read More)

New Farm Bill Helps WSU Support Washington Agriculture

PULLMAN, Wash. – Consistent, increased funding for Washington State University’s research on tree fruit, clean energy, vegetables and other specialty crops, as well as increased support for the National Clean Plant Network, are just several vital components of the farm bill signed by President Obama today that will strengthen WSU’s ability to support and stimulate the state’s food and wine industries. (Read more)

PUMA Soft White Winter Wheat

Puma is a new wheat variety with outstanding disease resistance

Otto Soft White Winter Wheat

Otto is a soft white common wheat developed and released (Read more)

WSU Tapped as Center of Research Hub on Biojet Fuel

Washington State University has been named a co-leader of a new national consortium to find ways to shrink airlines’ environmental footprints even as more people take up jet travel.  Read more

Celiac-safe Wheat Strains

Researchers at Washington State University are ‘very close’ to developing celiac-safe wheat strains, says lead project researcher Diter von Wettstein.  Read more

Gluten-Free Wheat, Plant Microbiology, Economic Optimism
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Organic Agriculture and Farming Systems



Cereal Variety Testing Program 2013 Preliminary Data



Stripe Rust Alerts



Wheat and Small Grains


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