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) annual meeting was held on June 6-7, 2017 in Parma, ID at the University of Idaho Parma Research and Extension Center (29603 U of I Lane, Parma ID 83660). The annual meeting is an opportunity to network with colleagues and students from around the West and exchange scientific information. 
The meeting began with a tour on Tuesday morning (June 6th) to highlight sites of agricultural significance in southwest Idaho. The tour began at the University of Idaho Parma Research and Extension Center where we examined field experiments in beans, cereals, corn, cover crops, potatoes, and sugarbeets. Next, we traveled to Obendorf Hop Yard to tour the largest hop producer in Idaho and discuss hop management and marketing. Then the group then toured 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 was 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. 



The theme of the 2017 WSCS Meeting was 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 was 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.
Congratulations to the 2017 Award Winners!

2017 Award Winners

1st Place: Emma Jobson, Montana State University
2nd Place: Jacob Briscoe, Utah State University
3rd Place: Michael Deakin, Utah State University



Registration included breaks, Tuesday's tours and lunch, and the awards banquet on Wednesday evening.



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.