Soil Science

Mentor program bridges Indigenous knowledge, Western science to build tribal capacity, protect ecosystems

Graduates can connect with Native knowledge holders and western science mentors to support Tribes and understand keystone ecosystems.

Salmon stream

WSU scientist contributes to important soil carbon sequestration research

Kirsten Ball, a post-doctoral researcher with WSU’s Center for Sustaining Agriculture and Natural Resources (CSANR), is working to understand the short- and long-term potential for organic amendments to improve carbon storage in soils of agricultural systems.

Kirsten Ball bends over in a green field, next to a bucket.

Reduced till goes organic: Q&A with soil scientist Doug Collins

As a Small Farms Extension Specialist for Washington State University’s Center for Sustaining Agriculture and Natural Resources, Doug Collins finds new ways to bring the benefits of reduced tillage to the state’s growing organic agriculture industry.

Doug Collins, WSU Small Farms Educator and soil scientist, researches ways for organic farmers to access the benefits of reduced tilling.

Green Times – Jan. 17, 2013 – Urban Ag; Soils, Seriously; Alumna in Ag

Grant Supports Sustainable, Urban Ag Education in Puget Sound and Beyond As “green-collar” jobs continue to emerge, a three-year, $900,000 grant from the National Science Foundation brings together Washington State University and several Puget Sound community colleges to support undergraduate students interested in pursuing educational opportunities in sustainable agriculture and working on small urban farms. […]

Gleaning Green Data, Soil Perenniation, Eggert Family Farm

New WSU Program Tackles Challenge of Developing Science-based Tools to Measure Sustainability in Ag and Food Systems A new WSU program has been charged with developing science-based tools to measure the sustainability of food production systems. The program, called “Measure to Manage: Food and Farm Diagnostics for Sustainability and Health,” or M2M, just received a […]

Cold Hardiness, African Soils

WSU Researchers Improve Cold Hardiness Measure for Apples and Sweet Cherries Researchers at WSU Prosser Irrigated Agriculture Research and Extension Center (IAREC) are developing a more accurate cold hardiness measurement system for apples and sweet cherries. The new three-year project, currently funded by the Washington Tree Fruit Research Commission, will help Pacific Northwest growers better […]