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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

2015 PNW Crop Tour Schedule

The 2015 crop tour season will soon be starting and provides opportunities to view field trials and interact with Washington State University personnel and others about cereal varieties and crop management practices. (Read More and View Schedule)

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)

Nematode Found in Washington; Quarantines Unlikely

PULLMAN, Wash. – A close relative of the cereal cyst nematode was discovered in Washington for the first time this summer. Scientists don’t believe quarantines will be required but are assessing the significance of the discovery. (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)

Major Study Documents Benefits of Organic Farming

The largest study of its kind has found that organic foods and crops have a suite of advantages over their conventional counterparts, including more antioxidants and fewer, less frequent pesticide residues. (Read More)

WSU Scholars

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

Quinoa: Seeds of Hope for Rwandan Researcher

PULLMAN, Wash.– A crop being test-grown at Washington State University’s Organic Farm is skyrocketing in popularity in North America. Even so, less than a year ago, a graduate student growing it at WSU had never seen or tasted it. (Read More)

WSU Partners with Industry to Market New Wheat Variety

PULLMAN, Wash.– Washington State University will join forces with AgriPro, a division of Syngenta Cereals, to market a new variety of hard white spring wheat known as Dayn. (Read More)

Measure the Impact of Organic Farms with OFoot

A team of Washington State University students will soon make it easier for organic farmers to calculate and reduce their carbon footprints. (Read More)

High Technology Meets Fields of Wheat

Arron Carter and Mike Pumphrey are two research scientists at Washington State University who are doing work in dusty wheat fields that is being transformed by technology. (Read More)

WSU Organic Agriculture ‘Trailblazer’ Receives NRDC Growing Green Award

PULLMAN, Wash.—Washington State University professor and internationally renowned soil scientist John Reganold received the 2014 Growing Green Award from the Natural Resources Defense Council and the Berkeley Food Institute in a ceremony yesterday in Berkeley, California. (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)

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)



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