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Weed Science

Weed Science Research at WSU

Weed control research at Washington State University focuses on managing a changing weed spectrum through development of integrated weed management strategies that use a variety of approaches including: chemical, cultural, mechanical, and biological methods. Weed scientists in the Crop and Soils Sciences Department work in dryland wheat production systems in eastern Washington, irrigated annual cropping systems and perennial tree and vine crop systems in the Columbia Basin, and rainfed berry and ornamental plant production systems in western Washington. Weeds research is conducted in laboratories, greenhouses, growth chambers, WSU field research stations located across the state, and on grower fields, orchards, and ranches.



Rick Boydston

Rick Boydston, USDA-ARS

My research program focuses on integrated weed management in pulse crops in irrigated and dryland production areas in eastern Washington.  Research efforts are directed at improved broadleaf weed control in chickpeas and dry beans. Weed management research is also conducted in mint and hops.


Ian Burke

Ian Burke

My laboratory at Washington State University is focused on basic aspects of weed biology and ecology with the goal of integrating such information into practical and economical methods of managing weeds in both irrigated and dryland cropping systems.


Drew Lyon

Drew Lyon

My Extension and Research Program focuses on integrated weed management in dryland small grain production in eastern Washington. Research efforts are directed at the most troublesome weeds in each of the three rainfall zones of eastern Washington.