The Department of Crop and Soil Environmental Sciences has excellent laboratory and field facilities for the use of our faculty, staff, and students. A few of these are described below. Greenhouse facilities are available on campus. In addition, CSES personnel conduct research across the Commonwealth of Virginia at several Agricultural Research and Extension Centers.

GPS Sunflower

Geospatial Analysis Laboratory

The geospatial analysis lab specializes in the use of GIS and other spatial technologies to enhance and add capability to our research programs in agriculture, land management and reclamation, and environmental analyses.
The lab contains three computer workstations available for faculty and student research with one-on-one training and support available. Software packages installed in the lab include ArcGIS, Surfer, Trimble GPS Pathfinder, ERDAS Imagine, ENVI/IDL and SAS/JMP.

Northern Piedmont Center

The Northern Piedmont Center supports crop production and environmental science research for the Department of Crop and Soil Environmental Sciences and our research partners.
Turfgrass Research Center
The Turfgrass Research Center (TRC) is the primary site for campus-based field research efforts of the Crop and Soil Environmental Science, Entomology, Plant Pathology, Physiology & Weed Science departments.   The center serves as an outdoor teaching laboratory for undergraduates, graduate students, and Extension outreach efforts.  The annual Turfgrass Research Field Day is hosted at the TRC each fall.  The site has approximately 20 acres of maintained turfgrass that includes both warm- and cool-season species.  It is also the location of the Schmidt Pavilion, a popular outdoor meeting venue for CSES and allied departments.

College Farm Operation

The College of Agriculture and Life Sciences farm facility exists to support the research, instruction, and outreach missions of the college. This land resource and its improvements serve critical roles in the plant and livestock sciences and their related fields by making possible hands-on instruction for undergraduate students, an abundance of opportunities for faculty and graduate student research, and numerous outreach activities throughout the year.

Geospatial Analysis Laboratory Contact

250 Smyth Hall-0404
Blacksburg, VA  24060-0404

Phone: (540) 231-9795
Fax: (540) 231-7630
Email: padonova@vt.edu

Northern Piedmont Center Contact

P.O. Box 448
14471 Research Road
Orange, VA 22960

Phone: 540-672-2660
Fax: 540-672-5161
Email: sgulick@vt.edu

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Turfgrass Research Center Contact

615 Southgate Drive
Blacksburg, VA  24061

Phone: (540) 231-6113
Email: dickersj@vt.edu

College Farm Contact

5250 Whitethorne Road
Blacksburg, VA 24060

Phone: (540) 731-9353
Fax: (540) 731-3112
Email: kentland@vt.edu