Wheat tears.Stacked hay bails in the distance in a field.

The Hillview Farm

This 200-acre lot provides students in the Agronomy, Crop, and Soil Science program with access to farmland just south of campus. Students apply what they learn in classes to real-world crop production and soil management concerns. With a variety of crops, irrigation systems, and equipment, students engage in meaningful agricultural experiences.


Department faculty and interested students develop and conduct research projects in the laboratory and in the field. The projects range from examining how plant nutrients and fertilizers behave in the soil, to how crop yield is influenced by planting rate. Students who successfully complete research projects are invited to present their findings at international competitions.

Field Day

In July, students and faculty join with university and industry partners to showcase current research and demonstration projects at the Small Grains and Forages Field Day. The day is packed with student led presentations, networking with faculty from the University of Idaho - Extension, local crop producers and industry leaders, and touring the research plots on campus.