News for the Crop and Soil Science Department

Vance Almquist wins prize for 2015 SSSA Pedology Division Student Presentation Competition

Vance Almquist, a CSS graduate student at Oregon State University, won third place in the oral presentation category at the 2015 SSSA Pedology Division Student Presentation Competition. His award summary is as follows:

Vance Almquist
Oregon State University
Cover Beds as Evidence of a Humped Soil Production Function Associated with Forest Succession
Prize: Third Place ($50)


Oregon preps for a new wave of home-baking entrepreneurs (The Chief News)

Lauren Gwin, associate director of the Center for Small Farms and Community Food Systems at Oregon State University, says the law allows baked goods to be sold from home because they don’t have the same health risks as other types of fresh foods.



Oregon Wheat Enterprise Video Release

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American Society of Agronomy, Crop Science Society of America and Soil Science Society of America Announces 2015 Award Recipient

MADISON, WI, Nov 15, 2015 – The American Society of Agronomy (ASA), Crop Science Society of America (CSSA) and Soil Science Society of America (SSSA) announces the following 2015 award recipient. The annual awards are presented for outstanding contributions to agronomy through education, national and international service, and research.

Amanda M Pennino, Oregon State University, Corvallis, OR – Golden Opportunity Scholars: Amanda Pennino is a senior at Oregon State University studying soil science, with a minor in horticulture. She is the president of OSU's Soil Science Club and a 3rd year competitor at the National Soil Judging Competition. Previously, she has been a field research assistant aiding in sampling for predictive mapping across Oregon. Amanda currently works for OSU's Crop & Soils Dept. on a research Hops farm with the USDA as well as a lab technician in the Central Analytical Laboratory. Her final year at OSU will be spent with an internship involving soil quality assessment within the Willamette Valley. She is active in the annual meetings with OSSS, Oregon Society of Soil Scientists, in addition to participating in the committee for the annual Warkentin Lecture Series. Amanda anticipates continuing on in her education beyond Oregon State University, using her vast knowledge of plants to aid her career in the soils world.


2015 ASA Educational Materials Awards Program

Explains the agronomic value and applicable regulations for beneficial recycling of municipal biosolids as a fertilizer. Dan M. Sullivan*, Craig G. Cogger, and Andy I. Bary; a circular, fact sheet, brochure (over 16 pages). Pacific Northwest Extension publication 508.

Major topics include:

  • fertilizer replacement value of biosolids;
  • effect of biosolids processing on nitrogen (N) forms, organic N mineralization rates, and ammonium-N retention,
  • biosolids quality factors (trace element concentrations and pathogen levels),
  • effects of biosolids applications on soil pH and soil quality,
  • applicable regulations for land application in agriculture,
  • questions and answers about biosolids safety and application practices.

Major audiences are farmers, agricultural professionals, city biosolids managers, and state/county regulatory agencies that play a role in site approval for land application of biosolids.   Secondary audiences include general public and extension educators and students.

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