Crop and Soil Sciences

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


CSS News & Updates

Video, Tours Highlight Canola Crop Trials, Preparation
RICHLAND, Wash. – Record or near-record canola yields are expected this year in eastern Washington and the video below shows a crop near Odessa being pushed into tight rows for gradual ripening before harvest in about a week.
Two WSU Wheat Scientists Named Vogel Endowed Chairs
LIND, Wash. – Washington State University’s two leading wheat breeders will advance the state’s $1 billion wheat industry as co-recipients of the O.A. Vogel Endowed Chair in Wheat Breeding and Genetics.
Horned Larks Undeterred by Efforts to Protect Canola
LIND, Wash. – A mystery in east-central Washington has canola farmers vexed and researchers scratching their heads. Horned larks are turning up in droves and decimating newly planted winter and spring canola fields despite multiple efforts to deter them.
WSU researchers aim to make farming more efficient
Associate Professor Sindhuja Sankaran is working on using specialized sensors to measure heat stress in grape vines as a way to test the effectiveness of sub-surface irrigation. “It can see things beyond what we can see,” she said.
Faculty, growers meet to prioritize oilseed research
Prioritizing canola and oilseed research and Extension needs, the annual Washington State Oilseed Cropping Systems (WOCS) project meeting was held March 1 at the Lewis Alumni Centre on the Pullman campus. Canola growers, industry, WSU and University of Idaho faculty, state agency representatives, the Washington Oilseeds Commission, and a visiting scientist from Columbia attended. Faculty and graduate students summarized their 2015 research and Extension projects and outlined research continuing in 2016.
2016 is the International Year of Pulses
The 68th UN General Assembly declared 2016 the International Year of Pulses (IYP) (A/RES/68/231) The Food and Agriculture Organization of the United Nations (FAO) has been nominated to facilitate the implementation of the Year in collaboration with Governments, relevant organizations, non-governmental organizations and all other relevant stakeholders. The IYP 2016 aims to heighten public awareness of the nutritional benefits of pulses as part of sustainable food production aimed towards food security and nutrition. The Year will create a unique opportunity to encourage connections throughout the food chain that would better utilize pulse-based proteins, further global production of pulses, better utilize crop rotations and address the challenges in the trade of pulses.

WSU Ag Programs Highly Ranked in the World

US News and World Report places WSU at #36 for Best Global Universities for Agriculture Sciences. To see the US News list, click here. QS World University Rankings for Agriculture and Forestry places WSU at #45 worldwide. To see the QS Worldwide list, click here.