Department of Plant and Soil Sciences

Department of Plant and Soil Sciences

Department of Plant and Soil Sciences

Department of Plant and Soil Sciences

Department of Plant and Soil Sciences

Department of Plant and Soil Sciences

Department of Plant and Soil Sciences


  • To improve, through scholarly research, the understanding of plant and soil systems as sustainable resources for human use while preserving and enhancing environmental quality.
  • To recruit, educate, and graduate top-quality students and serve our broad-based clientele by providing progressive education programs and effectively interacting with partners in the public and private sectors.
  • To anticipate and effectively respond to societal needs for improved agricultural productivity and for the wise use of natural resources in order to enhance the quality of life.


The department strives to balance the three mission areas of a land-grant institution:  teaching, research and extension. We take seriously our role of responding promptly to agricultural and environmental issues. We address a broad subject matter including the chemistry, physics and biology of plant, soil and environmental systems ranging from the molecular, to the whole plant, to the ecosystem scale. The department works towards sustainable and profitable crop production, renewable resource management, and environmental protection for now and the future.

Our activities in fulfilling this mission contribute directly to the university’s strategic plan areas: Undergraduate Student Success, Graduate Education, Diversity and Inclusivity, Research and Scholarship, and Community Engagement. We support the goals enumerated in the CAFE strategic plan: Prepare highly motivated and culturally adaptive graduates; Build and nurture relationships with the people of the Commonwealth and across the world; Recruit, develop, and retain exceptional faculty and staff; Show CAFE commitment to diversity and inclusion; Produce innovative solutions through multidisciplinary collaborations; and Build state-of-the-art facilities equipped with cutting edge technology.


Saadi Shahadha, IPSS PhD candidate, gets first place award at ASA/CSSA 2018 meeting

November 13, 2018

Saadi Shahadha, IPSS graduate student in soil physics, recently won first place in the ‘Examples of Model Application in Field Research’ community graduate student poster competition at the 2018 ASA/CSSA meeting. Saadi received a certificate and a cash award for his poster “Nitrogen Management Effects on Soil Water Dynamics and Wheat Evapotranspiration”.....READ MORE

Juan Di Salvo Awarded 2nd Place at ASA/CSSA 2018 Meeting

Juan Di Salvo

Juan Di Salvo, IPSS graduate student in Plant and Soil Sciences, won second place in the 'Semi-arid Dryland Cropping Systems' community poster competition at the 2018 ASA/CSSA meeting. The title of his poster was "Differences in Corn Yield Productivity and Stability by Hybrid Maturity.".......READ MORE

Management of Soybean Cyst Nematode Starts with Soil Sampling this Fall or Spring

soybean cyst nematode


UK Winter Wheat Meeting, January 8, 2019


PSS Seminar Krista Isaacs October 19, 2018 Edited

PSS Seminar Jason Wallace October 12, 2018 Edited

PSS Seminar Ling Yuan September 21, 2018 Edited

PSS Seminar Art Hunt September 14, 2018 Edited

PSS Seminar Bill Haneberg September 7, 2018 Edited