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


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The Plant and Soil Sciences Department at Oklahoma State University is an exciting place to study and work.  Our faculty and staff are committed to excellence in undergraduate and graduate education, research, and extension.  We offer a comprehensive educational experience for undergraduate and graduate students who are interested in trying to solve some of the world’s most pressing needs with respect to food, feed, fiber, and fuel.

Please explore our website and see the opportunities our department can offer you.  If you have questions or comments about what you see here, please don’t hesitate to contact us.  If you are a prospective student who is interested in finding out more about our department, we would love to hear from you!





Awards from the American Society of Agronomy, Crop Science Society of America, Soil Science Society of America international meetings in Tampa, Florida, Nov. 3-6, 2013

Dr. Terry A. Tindall, J.R. Simplot Company - Agronomic Industry Award: Terry A. Tindall is the senior agronomist for the J.R. Simplot Company and located in Boise, ID.  He received a B.S. from Brigham Young University and M.S. and Ph.D. from Oklahoma State University.

Dr. Samantha S. Shoaf, Oklahoma State University - ASA, CSSA, SSSA Congressional Science Fellow: Samantha Shoaf is an assistant professor in the Plant and Soil Sciences department at Oklahoma State University.  She received a B.S. from the University of Florida and a Ph.D. from Purdue University.  As the Congressional Science Fellow, she worked on agriculture and nutrition issues for Senator John Thune.
Dr. Sergio Abit was appointed Community Leader and Chair for next year’s sessions of the Undergraduate Education Community of the ASA.
Dr. Hailin Zhang, Distinguished Career Award, The Association of Chinese Soil and Plant Scientists in North America.
Mr. Alex Barerio took 1st place in the poster competition in the CSSA Crop Ecology, Management and Quality Division.
Mr. Eric Miller took 1st place in both the oral and poster competitions in the SSSA Soil Fertility and Plant Nutrition Division.
Ms. Emily Landoll took 2nd place in the Students of Agronomy, Soils, and Environmental Sciences speech contest.

Ms. Jordan Beehler (ES undergrad) took 1st place in the poster competition in the SSSA Soil Physics Division.

Mr. Andres Patrignani took 1st place in the poster competition in the SSSA Soil Physics Division.


OSU Extension small grains specialist receives national award

jeff-edwards-small.jpgHe has brought in more than $4.5 million in external funding to Oklahoma State University. He has published one book chapter, 40 refereed journal articles and 82 fact sheets or similar Extension materials.

He has been active and is recognized as a leader within professional societies, and was awarded the Warth Distinguished Professorship in Agronomy at OSU in 2011. The list of accomplishments goes on and on for Jeff Edwards, OSU Cooperative Extension small grains specialist.

That list will get a little longer as Edwards has been selected to receive the National Excellence in Extension Award during the 126th Association of Public and Land-grant Universities (APLU) Annual Meeting in Washington, D.C. The award is given annually to one Extension professional who excels at programming, provides visionary leadership and makes a positive impact on constituents served.

“It has been an honor to serve the people of the great state of Oklahoma over the past decade,” Edwards said. “This award not only recognizes my program, but also the outstanding support provided by the Oklahoma wheat industry and the programmatic freedom within the Oklahoma Cooperative Extension Service that has allowed me to incorporate social media and new technologies into my program.”

When he assumed leadership of the OSU Small Grains Extension program in 2004, the program relied mostly on print media and had little to no web presence. As indicated by his publication of more than 80 fact sheets, Edwards has not abandoned print media or the stakeholders who rely on these publications; however, he also has strived to make use of the web and social media to provide information more rapidly and to a larger audience.

“Since coming to OSU, Dr. Edwards has established a world renowned Extension program known for using cutting-edge technologies to deliver high-quality and high-impact programming to Oklahoma and Southern Plains agricultural producers,” said David Porter, plant and soil sciences department head. “While doing so, he has quickly risen through the ranks and firmly established himself as a leader at the local, state and national levels.”

As a leader in the OSU Wheat Improvement Team, Edwards has worked to increase adoption of improved wheat cultivars and IPM practices. In 2010 alone, the adoption of a disease and Hessian-fly resistant cultivar on eight percent of the state’s wheat acres equated to a roughly 4.2 million bushels of wheat increase statewide with a market value of approximately $40 million.

“Validation of variety performance before commercialization is an absolute necessity in any plant breeding program,” said Brett Carver, Regents professor in wheat breeding and genetics, wheat genetics chair in agriculture at OSU. “Dr. Edwards has provided, not only the time and talent, but, moreover, the trusted and respected resource essential to scientific validation of 15 OSU wheat varieties since 2004. It is no coincidence that two of those varieties have occupied leading positions in planted wheat acres since 2010.”


PaSS has winners from the Student Poster Contest at the Governor’s Water Conference and Water Research Symposium

There were 16 applicants for this year’s Student Poster Contest at the Governor’s Water Conference and Water Research Symposium!  It was an exciting time for the Water Center, which co-hosts the event with the Oklahoma Water Resources Board.

The Student Poster Contest was a big success thanks to the contributions and professionalism of the students, the dedication of the judges, and the generosity of our sponsor, The Chickasaw Nation.

Students from OSU (11) and OU (5) presented their research posters to symposium attendees and 3 of 8 judges.  This year’s judges were Mark Belden, Kelly Danner, Kim Elkin, Ed Fite, Mike Fuhr, Shanon Phillips, Bob Puls, and Dan Thomas. Many thanks go out to them for the time and effort they devoted to the poster contest.  

So who won?!  All OSU DASNR students!

1st place was Andres Patrignani from the Plant and Soil Sciences department at Oklahoma State University, who presented “Real-time model-data synthesis for soil moisture.” 

 2nd place was Sonisa Sharma from the Plant and Soil Sciences department at Oklahoma State University, who presented “Relationship between soil moisture and vegetation water content in an Oklahoma grassland.” 

3rd place was Aaron Mittelstet from the Biosystems and Agricultural Engineering department at Oklahoma State University, who presented “Using SWAT to Predict Crop Yields and Salinity Levels Due to Future Weather Scenarios in the North Fork Watershed in Southwest Oklahoma.” 

Congratulations to them, and all the students for their hard work!  The time investment and pride they took in their projects were obvious.  We appreciate the efforts they put into creating their informative and attractive posters, and for taking valuable time to travel to Midwest City to share them with us.

Pictures, abstracts, and posters can be viewed at

OSU Soil Judging Team Takes First Place at regional competition. 

OSU Soil Judging Team: Ryan Hall, Dakota Janes, Reilly Cloud, Nicole Remondet, Bill Jones, Alexander Hannah, and Jared DillThe OSU Soil Judging Team took first place at the recent regional competition held at the University of Arkansas!  The regional competition was held on October 17, 2013 featuring teams from OSU, Texas A&M University - College Station, Texas Tech University, Texas A&M University - Kingsville, Louisiana State University, and Tarleton State.

Not only did OSU take first in the overall team results, OSU student Reilly Cloud took first place in the individual ranking!

Outstanding efforts by the team resulted in high individual rankings for:  Reilly Cloud (#1), Dakota Janes (#5), Bill Jones (#10), Alexander Hannah (#15), Ryan Hall (#18), Nicole Remondet (#25), and Jared Dill (#26).

Congratulations to all for their hard work and extra effort.

Way to go Coach Dr. Brian Carter!




hailin-zhang-smallDr. Hailin Zhang is the receipient of the 2013 Sarkeys Distinguished Professor Award. Congratulations Hailin!



Robert F. SherrerMr. Robert "Bob" Sherrer has been named DASNR Distinguished Alumnus for 2013

I am very pleased to announce that Mr. Robert "Bob" Sherrer has been named a DASNR Distinguished Alumnus for 2013!  Bob has also been named an OSU Distinguished Alumnus for 2013! 

PaSS will be hosting a reception for Mr. Sherrer on Friday, Oct. 18, 10:30-11:30 AM in 374 AGH.  Please lock this in on your calendars. 

Mr. Robert F. Sherrer is the retired Chairman and Tom James* Retail President.  Bob played football, basketball and baseball at Antlers (Oklahoma) High School where he was also involved in 4-H and FFA.  After graduating from Antlers High School in 1962, Bob headed to Oklahoma State University where he was a busy and successful student.  He majored in Agronomy, was active in the ROTC and had campus jobs.   Bob was employed by the OSU Agriculture Extension Service, in the basement of Gardiner Hall, where he worked every hour that he wasn’t in class to pay for his college education.  In January 1967, Mr. Sherrer began his active military duty in the United States Army at Ft. Dix, New Jersey, then went to Ft. McClellan, Alabama, and then to Ft. Benning, Georgia where he received his commission as an officer.  Most of his time in the U.S. Army was spent near Anchorage at Ft. Richardson, Alaska. 

More info on Tom James:

*Tom James is the world’s largest manufacturer and retailer of custom clothing and the engine behind some of the world’s most established tailored clothing brands. As one of the few remaining vertically integrated clothing retailers—meaning we control the entire manufacturing process ‘from sheep to suit’—we offer unparalleled value to those with an eye for quality. 

Please help me congratulate Mr. Sheerer on these amazing honors! (



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