Monday, July 17, 2017

Congratulations to Jordan!

Ms. Jordan McClintick-Chess - an Agricultural Technician in our Cropping Systems Agronomy program at UI Parma R&E Center -  has been selected by the University of Idaho’s Staff Council Awards Committee as a winner of 2017 Staff of the Year award in the Service/Maintenance category.
The Outstanding Staff Awards honor UI non-faculty staff members who are doing an outstanding job in the areas of quality of service, exceptional effort, initiative and interpersonal relations.

Awesome news – our Jordan McClintick-Chess, who was previously was awarded the Outstanding Staff award for the University of Idaho, has also received the CALS Staff Award in the Outstanding Service/Maintenance Support category! J

It is great to have Jordan as part of our team, and we could not be more proud of her achievements, she truly deserves this award! We thank Jordan for all she does on a daily basis serving our program and the University.

Friday, April 21, 2017

Graduate Assistantship - PhD - Available at University of Idaho!

A Graduate Research Assistantship is available for a PhD student at the University of Idaho, Southwestern Research & Extension Center, Parma, ID. Parma is located 30 min from Idaho's capital city, Boise. The assistantship is in the Cropping Systems Agronomy program lead by Dr. Olga Walsh. The research focus is development of sensor-based methodologies and cultural practices for improved water and nutrient use efficiency in various crops. The anticipated start date is August 21, 2017, and the assistantship is expected to run through August 31, 2019. The student is expected to work full-time, 40 hours a week on various field and lab assignments specifically related to the student's dissertation project, as well as assist in other research and extension projects lead by the Cropping Systems Agronomy program. The student is expected to work through breaks unless given a permission of the major professor to take a vacation. The student must maintain student health insurance either through the university or through an outside vendor policy. In addition, the student is expected to work full-time, 40 hours a week as a TH employee with the Cropping Systems Agronomy team during the summer semesters. As a TH employee, the student will be paid on hourly basis for summer semester at the rate of $12.00 per hour.
TO APPLY, please email a single pdf file containing: 1) letter of application detailing how you meet each of the required and/or preferred qualifications, 2) CV, 3) transcripts, and 4) contact information of three professional references to: Dr. Olga Walsh at

Please visit and contact Ms. Lana Unger at for admission protocols, and the departmental and college deadlines.

REQUIRED: 1) MS degree in Agronomy, Soil Science, Soil Fertility or closely related field 2) Excellent verbal and written communication skills 3) Strong interest in agriculture 4) Drive, focus, excellent work ethic, and ability to lead their research project 5) Experience and strong interest in conducting applied field research
PREFERRED: 1) Experience with precision agriculture tools and methodologies such as crop sensors and UAVs 2) Previous extension/outreach experience, working with ag producers 3) Experience with farm field research equipment

Additional Salary Information: Total value of the assistantship, including stipend, fee waiver and additional compensation = $42,355.40.

Monday, April 3, 2017

Western Society of Crop Science meeting - Parma, ID, June 6-7, 2017

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. 

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 is May 15, 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.

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

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

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Thursday, March 16, 2017

Post Doctoral position in Precision Agriculture available!

One (1) Post Doctoral Fellow position is available immediately in Cropping Systems Agronomy Program led by Dr. Olga Walsh. For more information on the program, please go to Idaho Crops & Soils Blog.

The incumbent will be responsible for implementing established protocols and creating new methodologies for sensor-based nutrient management for Idaho crops and assisting in fertilizer and water use efficiency studies. The individual will be responsible for intensive soil, plant biomass and grain sampling to monitor background soil nutrient levels and keeping detailed records of plant growth, development and productivity throughout the growing season. The incumbent is expected to work independently and accurately, while reporting to and consulting with the PI, on every aspect of research. Responsibilities include but are not limited to 1) establishing and maintaining fertilizer and water response studies across the state of Idaho, 2) working with crop producers on establishing on-farm small-scale experiments, 3) systematically collecting crop canopy reflectance measurements, as well as variety of plant growth-related data using hand-held crop sensors, 4) assisting in collecting data using unmanned aerial vehicles (UAVs), 5) develop novel precision nutrient management methodologies using a comprehensive multi-disciplinary approach. Production of several original research manuscripts as well as extension-outreach materials is a strong expectation for this position – the incumbent is expected to design experiments, enter and analyze data, summarize data for annual reports, review literature, and prepare manuscripts for publication. The individual is expected to assist in writing grant proposals independently and in cooperation with the PI, and present research results at the state, regional, or national professional meetings when funding is available and allowed by the PI. The scientist will be under the direction of UI faculty and will be expected to work in collaboration with other scientists, scientific aides, research staff, growers, workers, and graduate student(s) in the program. The individual is responsible to supervise workers at times and report every aspect of his/her activities to the program director.


EDUCATION: Ph.D. degree in Agronomy, Plant Science, Soil Science, or closely related field, preferably with an emphasis on sustainable crop production.

RESEARCH EXPERIENCE: Experience with conducting field studies in fertilizer and water use for improved crop yield and quality. The position requires both applied field research work AND grant-writing and manuscript publishing skills. Ability to publish research journal articles related to research efforts in a timely manner. Ability to give full attention to tasks at hand. Demonstrated excellent verbal and written communication skills. Demonstrated ability to work independently and in a group.

PREFERRED QUALIFICATIONS: Interest in – and experience with – precision agriculture tools such as sensor-based technologies, crop sensors, irrigated crop production systems. We are looking for highly driven, enthusiastic skilled professional, focused on high-quality outcomes such as grant-fund acquisition and publications.

PHYSICAL REQUIREMENTS: Ability to lift, carry, or otherwise move 50 pounds. Ability to work outside for long periods of time under inclement weather conditions.

REQUIRED DOCUMENTS: In addition to completing the online application, please write a one-page cover letter specifically addressing how you meet each of the minimum qualifications, as well as any preferred qualifications. Also, please provide a resume/CV and names and contact information for three (3) professional references.

Applicants who are selected as final possible candidates must be able to pass a criminal background check.