Murray scooped a cup of dirt and used a pH meter to test it. The meter revealed what has become alarming to farmers: The soil was as acidic as a cup of black coffee.
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.
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The fourth of six planned buildings in the V. Lane Rawlins Research and Education Complex on the Pullman campus, the $52 million Plant Sciences Building was approved by the Washington State Legislature this year.
“This is a first: The inaugural batch of Lyon malt,” says Williamson, head maltster at Spokane-based craft malting company LINC Malt.
“This is really good,” replies customer Heath Barnes, popping a few grains into his mouth.
Commercial malts are often plain and basic, but craft-malted Lyon is different.
That century-long partnership is paying off. WSU-bred winter wheat claimed the state yield title and placed fifth in the nation in the National Wheat Foundation’s 2017 dryland winter wheat yield contest.
Franklin County farmer Brian Cochrane grew 92 bushels per acre on a five-acre plot near Kahlotus, Wash., benefitting from record autumn rainfall to blow past the county average of 32 bushels an acre.
Given annually by the Pellegrini Foundation, the award remembers Angelo M. Pellegrini, the late University of Washington English professor and author who championed healthful, homegrown food, good wine and good company.
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As an undergraduate student at Washington State University, Nathan didn’t believe he had what it took to be a doctoral student. He had been working in a laboratory during his undergraduate work—first just washing dishes, then mapping genes—but he still didn’t equate that to doctoral research ability. So when his advisor and wheat geneticist, Kulvinder Gill, invited him to stay on for a doctoral program after he completed his bachelor’s degree, Nathan was surprised.
WSU Ag Programs Highly Ranked in the World
US News and World Report places WSU at #36 for Best Global Universities for Agriculture Sciences. For more information, go to the US News list. QS World University Rankings for Agriculture and Forestry places WSU at #45 worldwide. For more information, go to the CS Worldwide list.