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
June 6-7, 2017
Parma, ID


The Western Society of Crop Science (WSCS) is pleased to announce the next annual meeting in Parma, ID on June 6-7, 2017. The meeting will be held at the University of Idaho Parma Research and Extension Center (29603 U of I Lane, Parma ID 83660). The meeting is an opportunity to network with colleagues and students from around the West and exchange scientific information. 
The meeting begins with a tour on Tuesday morning (June 6th) to highlight sites of agricultural significance in southwest Idaho. The tour will begin at the University of Idaho Parma Research and Extension Center where we will examine field experiments in beans, cereals, corn, cover crops, potatoes, and sugarbeets. Next, we travel to Obendorf Hop Yard to tour the largest hop producer in Idaho and discuss hop management and marketing. Then the group will tour Western Laboratories, a commercial laboratory for testing soils, plants, nematodes, plant diseases, manures, feed, and water. They are also the world's largest potato and onion testing laboratory. The final stop will be Watson's Packing Co., an onion growing, packing, and shipping company that is one of the oldest family owned and operated businesses in the produce industry. 
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 theme of the 2017 WSCS Meeting will be the same as that of 2017 ASA, CSSA, SSSA Annual Meeting, "Managing Global Resources for a Secure Future." We encourage you and your students to present a paper or poster around this theme. The deadline for submitting and editing titles/abstracts has been extended to end of day May 25, 2017.

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 student winners receive $200 (1st place), $175 (2nd place), and $150 (3rd place) awards. The 1st place winner also receives a $500 travel stipend to attend the CSSA International Annual Meetings in Tampa, FL! Graduate students may also present a poster; however, there will be no poster competition.


Pre-registration rates are $125 for professionals and $50 for students. Onsite registration rates will be $150 for professionals and $75 for students. These rates include breaks, Tuesday's tours and lunch, and the awards banquet on Wednesday evening. Pre-registration deadline has been extended to end of day on May 29, 2017.

Hotels in the Area

Best Western in Caldwell
La Quinta Inn in Caldwell
Directions from Caldwell to University of Idaho Parma Research and Extension Center.

There are also hotel options in Boise.
Directions from Boise to University of Idaho Parma Research and Extension Center.

Important Dates:

March 28, 2017: Abstract Submission Opens 
April 3, 2017: Pre-registration Opens
May 15, 2017: Abstract Submission Closes 
May 24, 2017: Pre-registration Closes

Contact Mark Marsalis at and Earl Creech at
Contact Olga Walsh at for questions or additional information on the local accommodations.


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.