WSSS-WSCS 2010 Joint Annual Meeting Information

Western Society of Soil Science
Western Society of Crop Science
Joint Annual Meetings
with the
Western National Cooperative Soil Survey
June 21-24, 2010
Las Vegas Embassy Suites
Las Vegas, NV

Theme: Integrating 21st century soil survey with advances in plant and soil research

Rapid changes in knowledge, techniques, and environments mean that optimal natural resource science and management requires strong links between cutting-edge advances in plant and soil research and ever-improving spatial analysis techniques in modern soil survey. Such links strengthen research by enabling landscape-scale integration of carbon and nutrient dynamics, drought-resistance, or production-improving management and biotechnology. They strengthen soil survey by highlighting key parameters to include in spatial analysis for addressing up-to-date needs for sustainable management and land use planning.

This joint conference brought soil and crop researchers together with western soil survey leaders to strengthen links and improve both endeavors. The agenda especially featured student presenters and time for interaction among researchers and soil survey scientists. The goal was to strengthen the ability of basic and applied research to both inform and be informed by 21st century soil survey.

Draft Agenda
Monday and Tuesday

  • Plenary speakers on integrating cutting-edge soil and plant sciences with the latest soil survey technology and approaches including:
    • Steven Del Grosso, USDA-ARS, Fort Collins, CO - Using Measurements and Models to Investigate Soil C and N Cycling - discussing how C and N cycling are linked, how modeling and soil survey can inform each other, and the pros and cons of different measuring and modeling methods and how well they complement each other;
    • Chris Smith, USDA-NRCS - Rapid Soil Carbon Assessment
    • Joe Lauer, University of Wisconsin-Madison and President, Crop Science Society of America - Soil Tillage and Crop Rotations
    • Meredith Webster, USFS - Soil Quality Standards
  • Joint society student oral presentation session with cash prizes;
  • Student and general poster session/reception with student cash prizes;
  • Oral paper presentations by western plant, soil, and soil-survey scientists;
  • Society business meetings



  • Soils field trip originally developed for the 2008 World Congress of Soil Science;


  • NCSS committee and business meetings

View Final Agenda

View Presentations

The Western Society of Crop Science annually present the top graduate students with the A.K. Dobrenz Graduate Student Awards (oral presentations only) and the Western Society of Soil Science presents awards to Outstanding Graduate Students (oral and poster presentations).

Award Recipients were:

Oral Presentations
1st Place - Mandy Williams - University of Nevada, Las Vegas
2nd Place - Matt Levi - University of Arizona

3rd Place - Brian Beres - Lethbridge Research Centre

Poster Presentations
1st Place - Eric Robertson, University of Idaho
2nd Place - Chris Kelley, Washington State University
3rd Place - Magan Allen, West Texas A&M University






Tour Information
A tour will be held on Wednesday and included stops at 1) the Nellis Dunes area of Las Vegas where the University of Nevada-Las Vegas has been cooperating with the Bureau of Land Management to investigate the response of desert soils to intensive use by off-highway vehicles; 2) the Mormon Mesa area where recent work by NRCS and others has identified relic soils exceeding 5 million years in age; and 3) areas within Lake Mead National Recreation Area recently mapped by the National Park Service and NRCS. Time permitting; a visit will also be made to irrigated agricultural fields in the Logandale-Overton area.

A special thanks to NRCS/Bureau of Land Management for funding the buses for the tour so we may provide the tour as part of the registration package.

View Tour Schedule

Special Thanks to:

Jay Norton, WSSS or 307-766-5082


Leonard Lauriault, WSCS
at or 575-461-1620.