Soil Science at the University of Idaho
The University of Idaho offers a robust teaching, research and Extension program related to soil science. Our faculty are making significant contributions to improve soil health for Idaho’s agriculture industry, protect our unique ecosystems and contribute to sustainable solutions for the future.
U of I soil science research is addressing some of the most critical issues our world faces today.
Climate Smart Agriculture
The largest grant in U of I history will help farmers combat changing climate with an emphasis on soil health.
Landscapes in Transition
This project will help farmers diversify wheat-based systems to increase soil health.
Exploring Deep Soil
An $18.9 million grant will allow researchers to study soil at the world’s greatest depths.
Sustaining the Dairy Industry
The nation’s largest research dairy will include a demonstration farm focused on soil and water health.
Plant and Soil Health
A new facility at the Parma R&E Center will equip faculty to diagnose and address grower concerns statewide.
Healthy soil is a foundation of the certified organic heirloom fruit orchard at the Sandpoint Organic Agriculture Center.
We are preparing the next generation of soil scientists through diverse degree offerings.
Soil and Water Systems
The Soil and Water Systems Department addresses resource issues related to soil, water and sustainable food, energy and waste systems.
B.S. Environmental Soil Science
Explore interdisciplinary approaches to managing soils for sustainable crop production, water supply and environmental quality.
B.S. Sustainable Food Systems
Explore how to produce food while conserving natural resources such as soil and water.
M.S. & Ph.D. Soil & Land Resources
Develop valuable expertise about the soil ecosystem and build the research skills to address soil issues related to sustainable agriculture and the environment.
Small Farm Production
Students gain hands-on experience on campus farm.
Across Idaho, UI Extension educators and specialists work with residents to test, analyze and improve soil quality.
The Twelve Soil Orders
This collection of images and information was created by U of I faculty and is used in classrooms around the world.
UI Extension is helping farmers improve soil health on their farms.
Managing Soil Nutrients
Find resources for nutrient management issues specific to Idaho agriculture.
The U of I Analytical Sciences Laboratory provides soil analysis, fertility testing and environmental analysis.