Western Society of Crop Science

The Western Society of Crop Science comprises the states and provinces of Alaska, Alberta, Arizona, American Samoa, Baja California, Baja California Sur, British Columbia, California, Chihuahua, Colima, Colorado, Durango, Guam, Hawaii, Idaho, Jalisco, Montana, Nayarit, Nevada, New Mexico, Northwest Territories, Oregon, Saskatchewan, Sinaloa, Sonora, Utah, Washington, Wyoming and Yukon Territory. 
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Western Society of Crop Science Annual Meeting
July 12-13, 2016
Albuquerque, NM


The Western Society of Crop Science (WSCS) is pleased to announce the next annual meeting in Albuquerque, NM on July 12-13, 2016. The meeting is an opportunity to network with colleagues and students from around the West and exchange scientific information.  Participants arrive on Monday, July 11. The tentative program will include a tour on Tuesday morning and afternoon (July 12). This year’s tours will highlight the potential and challenges of small-scale agriculture in urban settings and products grown for local markets, as well as medium-sized farming operations in the region. A professional presentation session will occur Tuesday afternoon. Student oral presentations will be held Wednesday morning. Additional professional presentations will occur in the afternoon, followed by a business meeting, poster presentations, and an awards dinner Wednesday evening.
The meetings will be held at the historic Gutierrez-Hubble House in the South Valley of Albuquerque (6029 Isleta Boulevard SW, Albuquerque, NM 87105). The Hubble House, once a private residence, mercantile, trading post, stagecoach stop, and post office during the Territorial Period, is now a history and cultural center that documents the rich history of the blending of Spanish, Anglo and Native American cultures. The site also serves as an open space and an urban agricultural heritage farm.
Tours are scheduled for Tuesday, July 12 beginning at 7:30 am, meeting in the Hubble House. Morning tours will focus on agricultural sites in Albuquerque and the Middle Rio Grande Valley. These tours will include Rio Grande Community Farm, a non-profit that grows fresh and organic produce, manages a community garden, and conducts education on sustainable urban agriculture and farmer startup programs. Another stop will be the Los Poblanos Historic Inn and Organic Farm, where we'll tour the kitchen gardens and artisan farms that supply the inn dining operations with locally grown heirloom and native landrace crops. Touring of other local operations is planned.  
The theme of the 2016 WSCS meeting will be the same as that of 2016 ASA, CSSA, and SSSA Annual Meetings, "Resilience Emerging from Scarcity and Abundance".
Abstract submission closed July 1.
Student Competitions
The WSCS presents the A.K. Dobrenz Student Paper Awards with a cash award for the three best student oral presentations at its Society meetings. The 2016 student winners receive $200 (1st), $175 (2nd), and $150 (3rd) place awards. The 1st place winner also receives a $500 travel stipend to attend the CSSA International Annual Meetings in Phoenix! Graduate students may also present a poster; however, there will be no poster competition.
Register Today
Pre-registration was available through June 27. Pre-registration rates were $75 for professionals and $45 for students. Onsite registration rates are $100 for professionals and $75 for students. These rates include breaks, Tuesday Tours and lunch, and awards banquet on Wednesday evening. Please register at the link above.
Two hotel blocks have been reserved for the conference:
Staybridge Suites Albuquerque Airport; 505-338-3900
1350 Sunport PL SE
Albuquerque, NM
Rates are $89.99 for single and $109.99 for double suites. 
Holiday Inn Express & Suites Albuquerque Airport; 505-338-5255
1921 Yale Blvd. SE,
Albuquerque, NM
Rates are $94.99 for single and $109.99 for double suites. 
Book your group rate for 'Western Society of Crop Science'. The blocks start 7/11/16 and end 7/14/16. Last day to book is June 27 for the group rate.
Several other hotels are located nerby the airport, as well as the Isleta Resort & Casino, approx. 5 miles from the Gutierrez Hubble House meeting venue.


Directions to Gutierrez-Hubbell House:
6029 Isleta Blvd SW, Albuquerque, NM 87105

From the Albuquerque Sunport (New Mexico language for ‘Airport’) Area:
Take I-25 South to Rio Bravo Blvd. Exit on Rio Bravo Blvd and drive West (turn right) for approx. 2.5 miles. Turn South (left) onto Isleta Blvd. Continue for approx. 2.8 miles and Gutierrez-Hubbell House will be on your right.


Take University Blvd. SE (south) to Rio Bravo Blvd. Turn right onto Rio Bravo Blvd and drive for approx. 2.5 miles. Turn South (left) onto Isleta Blvd. Continue for approx. 2.8 miles and Gutierrez-Hubbell House will be on your right.

From Las Cruces:
From I-25 North, take Exit 213 (NM 314/Isleta Blvd) before you get to the Rio Grande River bridge. Turn left (North) onto NM 314/Isleta Blvd and continue for approx. 2.9 miles, and Gutierrez-Hubbell House will be on your left.

*Once you arrive to the Hubble House, please park in the south parking area (grassy area behind the building) just off of Hubbell Circle SW (slightly past the Hubbell House on the right).

**All sessions will take place at the Gutierrez-Hubbell House, including meeting prior to departing for the farm tours on Tuesday, July 12.

***Leonard Lauriault has offered to help carpool people from the Sunport hotel area (block room hotels and immediately nearby). Seating is limited to 8 passengers. If you would like to take advantage of this shuttle service to and from the Gutierrez-Hubbell House, please contact Leonard at: (575) 403-6833 or

****Dress for hot weather outside during the tours and for warm temperatures in the adobe buildings at the Gutierrez-Hubbell House.



Contact Mark Marsalis, 575-799-6448 or


Branch Information

Branch Officers

WSCS Bylaws

Poster and Presentation Tips (from the ASA, CSSA, and SSSA Annual Meetings webpage)

Oral Presentations Score Sheet

WSCS Branch Membership Form

WSCS Past Meetings Information

Annual Meeting Minutes

Regarding the A.K. Dobrenz Student Competition:  The A.K. Dobrenz Graduate Student Awards were formally named in 1997.  Dr. Dobrenz was a Professor at the University of Arizona, an early participant in the meetings, and an avid supporter of graduate student participation at the WSCS meetings.