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Welcome to Plant and Soil Sciences

We have a great family of faculty, staff, and students who take pride in our commitment to cause positive change in the world!  From the classroom to the field, we are working to develop systems that provide society’s most basic needs in a sustainable way. Crop production, biotechnology, natural resources conservation, and biofuels are just a few of the critical areas of agriculture where we have very strong programs in teaching, research, and extension.

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Give to Plant and Soil Sciences

The Plant and Soil Sciences Fund is for the general support of academic excellence of undergraduate and graduate students in the department.

The Plant and Soil Sciences Student Enrichment Fund supports undergraduate and graduate student activities designed to enhance the collegiate experience. Thanks to a generous pledge by Oklahoma Genetics Inc., your donation will be matched up to $50,000 over the next five years.

You can contribute to these great causes by selecting the following link Give to PaSS through the OSU Foundation.

PaSS Scholarships

PaSS Scholarships

PaSS Scholarships

The Plant and Soil Sciences Department awarded over $185,000 to 74 students at our 2017 scholarship banquet.  We anticipate making a similar number of awards in 2018.  Scholarship applications for current students will be available November 15, 2017.

For more information on how to apply for scholarships see the Scholarships section. Here you will find information for undergraduate and graduate students.

Upcoming Events

2017-18 Winter Canola Field Tours
Apr 10, 2018
from Apr 10, 2018 09:00 AM to Apr 17, 2018 12:00 AM Grant, Woods, Ottawa Counties and Lahoma ,
Ask the Experts! Agronomy - Pest Management - Fertility - Harvest
2018 Plant and Soil Sciences Scholarship and Awards Banquet
Apr 26, 2018
Apr 26, 2018 from 06:00 PM to 08:00 PM Meditations, Stillwater, Oklahoma,
2018 Plant and Soil Sciences Scholarship and Awards Banquet
2018 Sustainable Bioenergy Workshop
Jun 18, 2018
from Jun 18, 2018 12:00 AM to Jun 22, 2018 12:00 AM Stillwater, Oklahoma,
Come experience a week of training and interactive workshops. Highlights include a trip to the Noble Research Institute, training for 6 labs and all the necessary supplies to use in your own classes. Agriculture teachers and Ag Educators are welcome.

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2018 GSO Chili Cookoff


The winners are Debbie Porter 1st Place, Dr. Brian Arnall 2nd Place, Brandon Vaverka 3rd Place.

The Plant and Soil Sciences Graduate Student Organization raised $261.00 that will go to the "Daily Food Pantry"

Thank you all for supporting the Plant and Soil Sciences GSO.

Dr. Abit Receives Advising Excellence Award


Dr. Abit receives Advising Excellence Award

Students have always known that Dr. Abit is an excellent advisor, but it was confirmed at the University Awards Convocation this week with his selection for the 2017 Advising Excellence Award. Congratulations Dr. Abit!

Dr. Arnall Receives OSU Land Grant Award


Dr. Brian Arnall OSU Land Grant Award

Congratulations to Dr. Brian Arnall, 2017 recipient of the OSU Land Grant Award! This award recognizes and acknowledges Dr. Arnall’s commitment to the Land Grant mission and his service to the people of Oklahoma.

Finish what you start: OSU graduate walks across stage 48 years after earning degree

Jerry Ott Finish What You Start

Jerry Ott, a humble family man who uses words like honor, respect, responsibility and service, has worn many hats over the years. After graduating 48 years ago, Jerry Ott walks across the stage to receive his degrees from CASNR.

However, the educator, administrator, veteran and 1970 graduate of Oklahoma State University had on a new type of cap Dec. 16. While he completed his requirements for his bachelor’s degrees in vocational agriculture and agronomy in the fall of 1969, his opportunity to walk across the stage was taken away when learned he was going to be drafted into the military.

Ott served in the United States Army and the Oklahoma Army National Guard during the Vietnam Era from 1969 to 1979. When his classmates were participating in all their commencement activities in May 1970, Ott was stationed at Fort Dix, New Jersey. ....

Dr. Warren and Dr. Wagner appointed professorships

Jason Warren PE Harrill award

Kevin Wagner awarded professorship

Two Plant & Soil Sciences faculty were recognized as newly appointed professorship holders at the University Awards Convocation. Dr. Jason Warren holds the P.E. Harril Professorship and Dr. Kevin Wagner holds the Thomas E. Berry Professorship.

Graduate Student Organization Officers


Joao Bigatao - GPSGA representative, Vaughn Reed - GPSGA representative, Alimamy Fornah - President, Kody Leonard - Vice President, Emily Landoll - Treasurer, Dr. Jeff Edwards - Department Head, Jodie Crose - Secretary,  Gwen Wehmeyer - Student Advisor (not pictured), Dr. Shiping Deng - Advisor.

2017 Regional Soil Judging Contest


2017 Regional Soil Judging Contest

1st Place in Team Pit; 3rd Place Overall (qualified for the Nationals); Josh Maples -2nd Place in Individual Judging. Congratulations!! Team Members:  Blake Price, Josh Maples, Dalton Hahn and Jeremy Otis.

Department News

Department News

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Time to check your N-Rich strip 3/11/18
Brian Arnall demonstrates how to sense the nitrogen needs of wheat with GreenSeeker technology.
Oklahoma wheat update 3/11/18
David Marburger explains how the Oklahoma wheat crop is progressing following the recent moisture.
Summer pasture planning 2/24/18
SUNUP learns from Extension Forage Systems Specialist, Alex Rocateli, that it’s not too early to develop a pasture management plan for the summer.
Soil elements 2/24/18
Brian Arnall tells us about the 17 elements plants need from the soil to grow.
It's not too late to topdress 2/17/18
We start with an update on topdress for winter crops with Brian Arnall.
Canola Update 2/10/18
We start with an update on the canola crop with Josh Lofton. He also has advice on summer crops for the 2018 season.

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