The Plant and Soil Sciences Department at Oklahoma State University is an exciting place to study and work.  


PaSS Distinguished Speaker Series

 Charlie Arnot


Why We Hate 'Big Food' (And What 'Big Food" Can Do About It) Charlie Arnot, The Center for Food Integrity Tuesday, December 1, 3:30 p.m. Reception and refreshments at 3:00 p.m. Ag Hall, Room 101.









PaSS News


 OSU Agronomy Club takes second in the SASES national poster competition.  We are real proud of this group of young women and men.


DrRaun, Bill. Bill Raun will receive the Soil Science Applied Research Award at the Soil Science Society of America meeting this week.  Congratulations to Dr. Raun and his exemplary research program!

Congratulations Lacey and the Winners of Three Minute Presentation (3MP) Competition Preliminary Rounds

Lacey RobertsLacey Roberts is a finalist in the OSU 3MP program. Lacey is not a PSS student, but she is part of the PSS family and has worked for Dr. Post since February. This is the second strong showing in the 3 Minute competition for Dr. Post’s program! Congratulations to Lacey and Dr. Post.

Winners of the Preliminary 3MP Competition Preliminary Rounds. Forty-four non-thesis master’s, education specialist and graduate certificate students participated in four preliminary competition rounds to send twelve winners to the inaugural OSU 3MP Finals on Thursday November 12th from 3:30-4:30PM in the Student Union Little Theater.

The title of Lacey's 3MP was “International Agricultural Education: Necessity and Accomplishments”

The winners moving on to the Finals are: Lacey Roberts, International Agriculture, (PaSS, Weed Science Program Support Specialist); Autumn Zhong, Environmental Science; and Monika Ambadi, Chandrani Bhagat, Vaibhav Borgaonkar, Rishabh Dimri, Abhinav Garg, Sid Grover, Snigdha Gutha, Raghav Nargotra, Rajesh Tolety, and Rajesh Tolety, all from Management of Information Systems.


wusmall.jpgDr. Yanqi Wu and the OSU Turfgrass Team were part of a multi-state $4.4 mil grant just announced by the USDA NIFA. The research and extension activities will focus on improving the water use efficiency and drought tolerance of warm season turf grasses. Congratulations to Dr. Wu and the team!




Westerman celebrated for 40 years worth of accomplishment

Robert Westerman

By Sean Hubbard, Communications Specialist,
STILLWATER, Okla. – With a career spanning over 40 years in teaching, research and Extension for Oklahoma State University’s Division of Agricultural Sciences and Natural Resources, Robert Westerman was recently recognized as a DASNR 2015 Distinguished Alumni.

Westerman of Stillwater, Oklahoma, received his bachelor’s degree in agricultural education and master’s degree in plant and soil sciences from OSU in 1961 and 1963, respectively. He joined the United States Army, where he was a helicopter pilot, before attending and graduating from the University of Illinois in 1969 with a Ph.D. in soil fertility.

After seven years on the faculty at the University of Arizona, Westerman joined OSU as an associate professor of soil fertility and plant nutrition. He quickly climbed the ranks in the department of agronomy, now known as plant and soil sciences, teaching graduate and undergraduate courses related to soil-plant relationships He was named a Regents professor and served as head of the department during his tenure.

“He's the perfect combination of a scientist and people person,” said Tom Coon, vice president, dean and director of DASNR. “His dedication to students and faculty is clear. I see him at the scholarship banquets in the spring, and he just thrives on that atmosphere of seeing support for students and support for the faculty who are teaching them.”

Westerman’s career then took him into service as the assistant director and interim associate director of the Oklahoma Agricultural Experiment Station before serving as assistant vice president for agricultural programs within DASNR administration. He retired in 2013.

“There probably aren't a lot who can make the jump from scientist to administrator,” said Gordon Johnson, retired Regents professor in soil science. “But I think he was probably driven to do this because he saw how it could help the department and then later on how it could help the division, and ultimately help OSU and the people in Oklahoma.”

Westerman has a lengthy list of research accomplishments, many connected to his efforts on the development of practices to improve nitrogen-use efficiency in crop production. He was a major adviser to more than 40 graduate students, has written over 50 peer-reviewed journal articles, nine book chapters and a book of his own.

He is a Fellow in the American Society of Agronomy and a Fellow and recipient of the Agronomic Achievement Award in the Soil Science Society of America.

“I think it all comes back to this sense of dedication and commitment he has to serving the mission of the university, but really serving the students and the faculty,” Coon said.

Also recognized at DASNR Honors night as 2015 Distinguished Alumni were Minnie Lou Bradley and James Kennamer.


2015 DASNR Distinguished Alumni, Dr. Bob Westerman

Join us for a reception honoring 2015 DASNR Distinguished Alumni, Dr. Bob Westerman. The reception will be at 10:00 AM, October 16th in room 374 Ag Hall. There will be time to share your favorite stories about Dr. Westerman and his time at OSU.


New OSU Berry Fellows would make namesake 'pleased'

Four members of Oklahoma State University’s Division of Agricultural Sciences and Natural Resources have been selected as 2015-2017 Berry Fellows by the Oklahoma Water Resources Center. The OSU Thomas E. Berry Faculty Fellows Program in Integrated Water Research and Management recognizes and supports DASNR educators, scientists and specialists who are making outstanding contributions relative to building awareness about and promoting wise use of Oklahoma’s water resources.

Dr. Warren will be focusing on subsurface drip irrigation systems, concentrating on how soil types affect efficiency and management.

Select this link for news release by Don Stotts, DASNR News and Media Relations.  For more information select this link for the Aquahoman Newsletter.

Check out the student section of the Aquahoman Newsletter for Briana Wyatt in the spotlight.

 OETA presents The Truth About Wheat

Wheat has been successfully feeding civilizations for over 10,000 years and has the nickname "Staff of Life".  It is packed full of important vitamins, nutrients and fiber and is made into delicious products.  Join us at the dining room table for an informative discussion about The Truth About Wheat with Ken Root and Experts, Dr. Brett Carver, Dr. Julie Miller Jones, and wheat farmer Sara Olsen.

Select this link for 27:46 min closed captioning

Select this link for article from the Journal Record, by Brian Brus Germinating support: Oklahoma Wheat Commission fired back at Gluten Foes.


Oklahoma State Unveils New HRW Wheat Variety for 2016 Season- Bentley

In advance of the upcoming fall planting season, Oklahoma State University has announced the release of Bentley, its newest wheat variety.

“OSU has a strong history of producing high performing wheat varieties and Bentley only adds to this proud tradition,” said Jeff Edwards, head of the OSU Department of Plant and Soil Sciences. “The OSU Wheat Improvement Team is dedicated to meeting the needs of Oklahoma wheat producers and we’re excited about the ways Bentley will help them continue to thrive and succeed.”

“Bentley’s drought resistance is equal to or slightly better than Iba, which is currently our best adapted variety for drought, but it has much better leaf hygiene in the presence of leaf spotting diseases, particularly tan spot and physiological leaf spot,” said Dr. Carver, lead researcher for the OSU WIT, an interdisciplinary team of nine OSU researchers responsible for developing the variety.

Along with another OSU experimental line, Bentley earned the 2015 Millers Award presented by the Wheat Quality Council. It also has placed in the highest yielding group of varieties at every location for which three-year data (2013-15) is available for the OSU Wheat Variety Trials.

For the complete story, and comments from Dr. Carver please select this link, Oklahoma Farm Report, Ron Hays.


Canopeo App

New Crop Analysis App Released

Oklahoma State University is making available a new app that allows users to quantify green vegetation in a plant’s canopy in the field through photos taken using a smartphone.

Canopeo, developed jointly by the OSU App Center and students and faculty in the department of plant and soil sciences, is the first mobile application developed from concept to release through the center. It is available for download for both Apple and Android smartphones.

The free mobile app analyzes the images and provides an accurate measure of percent canopy cover for row crops, grassland, turfgrass or other green vegetation. The information can be used to monitor a crop’s growth or evaluate damage and allows the user to adjust management decisions.

“Green canopy cover is an excellent indication of crop progress, especially early in the growing season,” said Tyson Ochsner, Sarkeys Distinguished Professor in Applied Soil Physics with OSU’s Division of Agricultural Sciences and Natural Resources.

For complete story select this link: Oklahoma Farm Report Ron Hays. For information about the OSU App Center visit or talk to App Center student interns in the lobby of the Henry Bellmon Research Center on OSU’s Stillwater campus. Learn more about Canopeo at

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Conferences, Clinics and Field Days

Extension and Research News

Sunup Videos

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Wheat Update 11/14/15   Jeff Edwards has advice for Oklahoma wheat producers leading into the winter months.


Soil Compaction 11/14/15   Jason Warren demonstrates how to prevent soil compaction in new no-till fields.

Canola: The Freeze is Coming 11/7/15   Josh Lofton has an update on the 2015 Oklahoma canola crop.

Drones: Are they for Agriculture? 11/7/15   SUNUP takes to the sky to learn about UAV’s for agriculture and other uses from Brian Arnall.

Future of Cotton Varieties 10/31/15   Learn about cotton varieties with Extension Cotton Specialist Randy Boman.

Weed ID: The Mustards 10/31/15   Angela Post looks at five weeds canola producers need to watch for right now.

Oklahoma Cotton Update 10/24/15   SUNUP is in Jackson county looking at the 2015 Oklahoma cotton crop with Extension Cotton Specialist Randy Boman.

Which Weed is Which 10/17/15   Angela Post with field lesson on weed identification in Oklahoma crop fields.

Grazing Research: Managing Soils 10/17/15   Jason Warren updates viewers on the soil health aspect of an ongoing DASNR cattle grazing study.

Wheat Update with Jeff Edwards 10/10/15   Jeff Edwards has a planting update for winter wheat and advice for armyworm-damaged wheat

Fertilize before or after planting? 9/26/15   Brian Arnall talks about soil nutrition, how easy an N-rich strip is to apply and how it can help wheat later in the year.

Pre or post emergence application? 9/26/15   Angela Post shows us how weeds react to different treatments and offers information about the upcoming Herbicide Symptomology Clinic.

Why Plan Crop Rotation? 9/19/15   Extension Cropping Systems Specialist Josh Lofton has an update on the sorghum crop as it nears harvest.

Do You Know Where Your Seed Came From? 9/12/15   Advice from Extension Small Grains Specialist Jeff Edwards concerning Plant Variety Protection (PVP) laws and purchasing, selling or cleaning wheat seed.


2015's Late Planted Soybeans 9/5/15   Advice for soybean producers across Oklahoma from OSU’s new Extension Cropping Systems Specialist, Josh Lofton.

Ready to Plant Winter Canola? 8/29/15   Josh Bushong has advice for producers planting canola and locations for the Canola Drill and Planter Calibration Clinics next week across Oklahoma.

Nitrogen Could Be The This Year 8/29/15   Brian Arnall talks about nitrogen application windows for winter crops and has an option for getting urea under no-till ground.

What Wheat to Plant 8/22/15   Oklahoma State University Small Grains Extension Specialist Jeff Edwards is looking at what producers can do to help their 2016 wheat crop.

Bentley: A Wheat Variety With a Story 8/1/15   SUNUP talks with Oklahoma State University wheat breeder Brett Carver, about the Wheat Improvement Team’s latest variety release, Bentley.

Cotton Varieties 7/18/15   Extension cotton specialist Randy Boman, shows us differences in cotton varieties.

Cotton Planting Update 7/4/15   Extension cotton specialist Randy Boman shows us why cotton producers are upbeat about the 2015 crop.

Wheat Crop Update 6/27/15   Jeff Edwards tells us how the Oklahoma wheat crop is faring as the last half of the state moves toward harvest.


Is it Better to Conventional Till? 6/27/15   Jason Warren talks about the benefits of conventional till and no-till.

Canola Harvest 6/13/15   We talk with Josh Bushong about how canola harvest is progressing across Oklahoma.

Nitrogen After Rain 6/13/15   Brian Arnall discusses how Nitrogen can move through the soil following a heavy rain event. He also has recommendations for summer crop applications.


OkState Wheat Variety Development 5/23/15   At the North Central Research Station at Lahoma, Lyndall interviews Brett Carver on wheat variety development.

No-Till Soil After Rain 5/23/15   Jason Warren comparing no-till versus conventional till.

OkState Wheat Varieties 5/16/15   SUNUP travels to Lahoma for the 2015 Wheat Field Day at the North Central Research Station.

Drilling Mud on Land Research 5/16/15   Lyndall Stout interviews Chad Penn on water-based drilling mud.

Soil Nutrients After Rain 5/16/15   Dave Deken talkes to Brian Arnall about soil nutrients after rain.

Canola Update 5/9/15   SUNUP visit with Josh Bushong about the effect of recent rain on Oklahoma’s canola crop. He also invites viewers to the upcoming Canola Harvest Clinics.

Oklahoma Wheat Update 5/2/15   Jeff Edwards talks about the effect of the recent rain on Oklahoma’s winter wheat crop. Jeff also invites viewers to Wheat Field Day at the North Central Research Station at Lahoma May 8.

Canola Crop Update 4/18/15   SUNUP interviews Josh Bushong about the 2015 canola crop.

(Please visit SUNUP's YouTube channel for shows predating August 4, 2012. Oklahoma Gardening segments and DASNR educational videos are also available online.)

Attached is a new newsletter outlining herbicide considerations, fertilizer options, and  planting decisions for the canola crop.  Newsletter PDF.

The article is also available online at


A new blog has been posted on titled “Some thoughts on pre-plant nitrogen and a little outside the box thinking”.
This blog discusses nitrogen sources and application methods.

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Blog: All about small grain in the southern great plains.



PaSS Employment

Position Open: Assistant/Associate Professor Small Grains Extension Specialist

POSITION DESCRIPTION: The Small Grains Extension Specialist is an 11-month, tenure track position. The position will be filled at either the Assistant or Associate Professor Level, and applications at each rank are encouraged. This position has 75% Extension and 25% research responsibilities and is located on the main campus in Stillwater, OK. Responsibilities include leadership for a nationally recognized, statewide extension and research program focused on wheat and other small grains. The successful candidate will develop an externally funded, applied research and demonstration program to improve the agronomic and economic viability of Oklahoma wheat production and oversee the Oklahoma Small Grains Variety Performance Tests. Focus areas can include, but are not limited to, dual-purpose wheat production, physiological responses to management, cultivar development, pest management, tillage systems, intensive wheat management, and strategies to avoid or ameliorate environmental stresses such as drought. Extension efforts will include web-based and innovative information delivery methods, and periodic impact assessment of extension activities is expected. Collaboration with the OSU Wheat Improvement Team, Plant and Soil Sciences faculty, industry partners, and county, area, and state Extension personnel is essential.

For more information select link above.



PaSS Websites/Social Media

Canola (Josh Bushong):  Winter canola has proven to be a great option for crop rotation with winter wheat in the region. By incorporating canola into their crop rotation, many Oklahoma wheat producers have cleaned up their weedy wheat fields, improved wheat quality, increased wheat forage and increased wheat grain yields.

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Cotton (Randy Boman): Major responsibilities of the Cotton Team are to develop and conduct extension and applied research programs to inform Oklahoma producers as to the best management practices for cotton production.

Energy Crops (Gopal Kakani): This program is dedicated to the development of new bioenergy crops and their production systems and train Scientific Crops in Bioenergy Crop Production that will strengthen the efforts at Oklahoma State University where a comprehensive, multi-disciplinary, bioenergy research team has been formed from multiple departments and across colleges. Program also collaborates extensively with researchers in Oklahoma and across the nation, in addition to several industry partners.
Environmental Sciences Undergraduate Program (Brian J. Carter)
Extension News (Jeff Edwards)

Forage and Pasture Management (Alexandre Rocateli will be joining us July 1, 2015)): Due to the differences in soil types, precipitation amounts, and temperature gradients in Oklahoma, many forage species are managed for pasture and hay.  There are approximately 20 different grass and legume species grown that warrant individual attention.

Manure and Animal Waste Management (Hailin Zhang): Animal agriculture is a large segment of the economy in Oklahoma. The huge quantities of manure generated by animal feeding operations (AFO's) can be an economical source of plant nutrients and a valuable soil amendment to Improve Soil Quality and Maintain Soil pH. Thus, manure can be a valuable asset to a livestock production operation if its nutrients and organic matter are recycled through land application properly.

Nitrogen Use Efficiency
(Bill Raun)

Non-Agricultural Soils (Sergio Abit): Soil is a key foundation and unparalleled recycler and purifier across a catena that includes forest, rangeland, agricultural, urban and suburban and wetland ecosystems. Soil processes in these ecosystems allow the soil to perform functions that may be related to production, ecological regulation, biological habitat and engineering.

No-Till  (Jason Warren)
 No-till in Oklahoma continues to grow in popularity among producers that want to increase soil quality, conserve soil moisture, and decrease fuel and labor costs.No-till is not an answer for everything but should be considered an important part of your cropping system.

NPK (Brian Arnall): This site is constructed to contain producer friendly information about nutrient management, fertilizer use, and precision fertilizer application.

NPK Blog:
A blog about agricultural nutrient management in the southern great plains.

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NSF REU - Interdisciplinary Sustainable Biobased Products and Energy (Dr. Kakani): Learn about the scientific processes and procedures required to conduct bio-products and bio-energy research. Understand the importance of an interdisciplinary environment in developing bio-products and bio-energy production systems. Explore the role of bio-product and bio-energy  research in a global society. Develop professional skills that are necessary for a successful career. Discover graduate studies and careers in Science, Technology, Engineering and Mathematics (STEM) related disciplines, specifically those related to bio-based products and energy.

Oilseeds (Position Vacant, Cropping Systems Specialist): The purpose of this site is to assist and provide producers in Oklahoma with the latest oilseed crop production practices. Our mission is to improve peanut, soybean, canola, and sunflower yields throughout Oklahoma which will lead to increased profitability of producers in the region.

Oklahoma Certified Crop Advisors (Hailin Zhang): The Oklahoma CCA program is a voluntary certification program for individuals who provide advice to growers on crop management and inputs.

Oklahoma Panhandle Research & Extension Center (OPREC) (Position Vacant)

The Oklahoma Panhandle Research & Extension Center consists of 550 acres of irrigated, limited-irrigated, and dryland research.
Soil and Water Conservation/Management (Jason Warren)
The Soil and Water Conservation/Management website will provide information on soil processes and characteristics that impact crop productivity, soil quality, soil carbon storage, water availability and water conservation.

Soil Chemistry (Chad Penn): Agro-Environmental Chemistry Research (AECR). This program is centered around the application of chemistry in order to conduct, promote, and disperse research and information to industries and the public that is relevant and beneficial to increasing agricultural production while simultaneously minimizing environmental impact or improving environmental quality.

Soil Physics (Tyson Ochsner): Our mission is to help people better understand and appreciate the soil, the soil water balance, and the surface energy balance so that we can more wisely manage and conserve the land and water with which we have been entrusted. Our primary focus is on multi-scale soil moisture monitoring and improved utilization of soil moisture data in agriculture, meteorology, environmental modeling, and drought adaptation.

Soil, Water and Forage Analytical Laboratory (SWFAL) (Hailin Zhang): The Soil, Water and Forage Analytical Laboratory (SWFAL) was established by the Oklahoma Cooperative Extension Service to provide soil testing, plant, animal waste and water analyses for the State of Oklahoma and anyone who needs agricultural testing services

Switchgrass (Yanqi Wu): As a native perennial grass, it has long been recognized as an important component of the productive tallgrass prairie plant community that dominated much of the Great Plains over the millennium. Given its history, the potential for it to persist under the sometimes harsh Oklahoma climate is without question.

Weed Science (Angela Post): The purpose of this site is to provide current information regarding extension and research activities in weed management for all of Oklahoma’s crop production systems, resources for weed identification, and contact information for the weed science personnel at OSU.

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Wheat (Jeff Edwards): This site is designed to serve as a resource for anyone interested in small grains production in the Southern Great Plains.

All about small grain in the southern great plains.

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Wheat Improvement Team (Brett F. Carver): The Wheat Improvement Team is committed to strengthening the Oklahoma wheat industry by enhancing its genetic resources, a mission that could not be accomplished without contributions from other state, federal, and private researchers.


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