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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

Organic Agriculture Key to Feeding the World Sustainably

PULLMAN, Wash.—Washington State University researchers have concluded that feeding a growing global population with sustainability goals in mind is possible. Their review of hundreds of published studies provides evidence that organic farming can produce sufficient yields, be profitable for farmers, protect and improve the environment and be safer for farm workers. (Read More)

Crop Rotation Increases Maize Yields in Malawi

[LILONGWE] Incorporating crop rotations, whether in conventional or conservation agriculture tillage systems, could help boost maize yields, according to a study in Malawi. (Read More)

Policy Training Helps Students Tackle Global Challenges

Rachel Wieme has big ideas growing in her experimental quinoa plot near Pullman. Her organic experiments hold the potential to improve soil and help feed the world. But it’s a long way from idea to impact. (Read More)

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. (Read More)

Researcher Finds Way to Fight Cheatgrass, a Western Scourge

Cheatgrass could vie for the title of the most successful invasive species in North America. The weed lives in every state, and is the dominant plant on more than 154,000 square miles of the West, by one estimate. When it turns green in the spring, “you can actually see it from space,” said Bethany Bradley, an assistant professor at the University of Massachusetts, Amherst, who studies biogeography, the spatial distribution of species. (Read More)

The Bread Lab Plants Wheat, Barley at the Governor’s Mansion

The Washington Governor’s Mansion now has WSU Bread Lab wheat and barley varieties in the garden. (Read More)

Dedication of New Plant Growth Facility

PULLMAN, Wash. – When it comes to breeding new wheat varieties, efficiency is key. “If we can be more efficient in the greenhouse, that translates into better genetic lines that we can look at in field conditions,” said Arron Carter, Washington State University’s winter wheat breeder. “That means better products get out faster with better information for growers.” To help increase efficiency, WSU and the Washington Grain Commission funded the new $15 million Washington Grains Plant Growth Facility on the WSU Pullman campus. (Read More)

Soils Protect the Natural Environment

In celebration of the International Year of Soil 2015 (IYS), the Soil Science Society of America (SSSA) is coordinating a series of activities throughout the year to educate the public about the importance of soil. September’s theme is “Soils Protect the Natural Environment.” (Read More)

2015 PNW Oilseed & Direct Seed Cropping Systems Conference Video is Now Available Online

Video from all the keynote and general session presentations from the 2015 PNW Oilseed & Direct Seed Cropping Systems Conference is now available. (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)

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)

Fulbright 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)




Organic Agriculture and Farming Systems



Cereal Variety Testing Program 2015 Preliminary Data



Stripe Rust Alerts



Wheat and Small Grains



Crop Science Society of America

(International Year of Pulses link)


Map of Washington State Soils


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