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Farms and Facilities


The laboratory and field facilities in the Department of Crop and Soil Sciences are well-equipped for graduate study and faculty research. Greenhouses, growth chambers, mass spectrometry, controlled temperature germinators, low temperature storage facilities, seed technology laboratories, tissue culture laboratories, and equipment and facilities for histological, cytological, biochemical, physiological and molecular investigations are available for use. In addition, the Department has both turf, dryland and irrigated field laboratories and advanced field equipment. Extensive and unique facilities for radiation and chemical mutagenesis are available on the Washington State University campus.

Plant Biological Sciences Building 1We are excited about the future as we progressively move our laboratories to new facilities. The first building in the proposed biotechnology complex was completed May 2004. Known as the Vogel Plant Biosciences I building, it houses plant breeders, geneticists, and pathologists in the College of Agricultural, Human, and Natural Resource Sciences, as well as a plant transformation core laboratory from the Center for Integrated Biotechnology, and a number of USDA-ARS scientists. The Biotechnology Life Sciences building was the second completed building. A total of five more buildings — all interconnected — may eventually be built.

Excellent facilities for research are also available at the research and extension centers in Prosser, Puyallup, Mount Vernon unit, and Wenatchee.

University facilities such as the WSU libraries, Information Technology, Franceschi Microscopy & Imaging Center, Geoanalytical Laboratory, and advanced facilities for molecular genetics research augment departmental facilities.

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Map to the Pullman Farms (pdf)


Cook Agronomy Farm

The 140-acre Cook Agronomy Farm, located five miles northeast of Pullman, is a new long-term research site managed under continuous direct seeding with field scale equipment since 1999. The research is focused on developing direct seed cropping systems and precision-agriculture technologies for this “typical” Palouse landscape. A 90-acre portion of the Farm has been intensively grid sampled at 370 GPS-referenced sites for data on soil characteristics, soil nutrients, soil water content and crop use, yield, grain protein, weed seedbank, and soilborne pathogens.

Goss Turfgrass Research Farm (Puyallup R&E)

The six-acre Goss farm includes trial plots on new turfgrass varieties, including twenty thousand square feet of sand-based sports turf and thirty thousand square feet of putting green turf.

Lind Dryland Research Station.

Lind Dryland Research Station

The Lind Dryland Research Station was established in 1915 to “promote the betterment of dryland farming” in the 8-to 12-inch rainfall area of eastern Washington. The 1320 acre Lind station has the lowest rainfall of any state or federal facility devoted to dryland research in the United States. Wheat breeding, variety adaptation, weed and disease control, soil fertility, erosion control, and residue management are the main research priorities. Visit the Lind Station Facebook page for more information.

People at the Organic Farm working in a field.

Organic Farm

The 3 acre Organic Farm is located inside the 50 acre WSU Tukey Horticultural Orchard and is 1.5 miles from the main Pullman campus. The Organic Farm operates through the Department of Crop and Soil Sciences while the orchard is run by the Department of Horticulture and Landscape Architecture. The Organic Farm was first certified organic in 2004 and remains certified by the Washington State Department of Agriculture.

Palouse Conservation Field Station.

Palouse Conservation Field Station

The Palouse Conservation Field Station, located 1.5 miles north of Pullman, was established as one of 10 original erosion experiment stations throughout the United States during the period 1929 to 1933. Scientists from the USDA-ARS and Washington State University utilize this 200-acre research farm to conduct a wide variety of research projects related to farming systems to improve soil and water conservation on the Palouse.

Plant growth facilty rendering.

Plant Growth Facility

The Plant Growth Facilities greenhouses, along with controlled environmental growth chambers and rooms, serve the College of Agricultural, Human, and Natural Resources Sciences and affiliated USDA programs as the primary controlled environment space for research and teaching projects.

Tractor in a field at the Puyallup Organic Farm.

Certified organic research land at WSU Puyallup

WSU Puyallup has 6 acres of certified organic research land. Experiments in progress on the land include the organic farming systems experiment, cover crop trials, organic potato and squash variety trials, and pasture blends trials, and a pastured poultry pilot study.

Spillman Farm.

Spillman Farm

The Spillman Agronomy Farm is located on 382 acres five miles southeast of Pullman, WA in the midst of the rich Palouse soils. Many of the highest producing wheat in the Pacific Northwest today were developed at Spillman Agronomy Farm. In addition to wheat, the Spillman Agronomy Farm has also served as the foundation for barley and legume breeding programs that have provided significant additional economic returns to Washington farmers during the past 50 years.

Turfgrass Farm.

Turfgrass and Agronomy Research Center

Construction of a new turfgrass research facility on the Pullman campus was completed in the summer of 2005. It includes a USGA experimental green, 15 turfgrass plots (80′ x 80′), an office/shop, and a storage building.

Wheat Double Haploid Facility

Production of homozygous is time and  labor-consuming, but very important step in wheat breading and research. The alternative to long-term production of homozygous lines is the development of doubled haploids.

Wilke Farm sign.

Wilke Research and Extension Farm

The Wilke Research and Extension Farm is located on the east edge of Davenport, WA. Research on the 320-acre farm centers on development of cropping systems that are economically and environmentally sustainable. Focus is on systems that reduce soil erosion by wind and water, improve the efficiency and net return of farming operations, enhance soil quality, and reduce stubble burning. See map and directions to Wilke Farm.

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