CORVALLIS - Russ Karow has been named head of the Department of Crop and Soil Science at Oregon State University, where he has served as interim department head for the past year.

Karow has been on the OSU Crop and Soil Science faculty for 18 years as Extension agronomist specializing in cereal crops. He holds a master's degree and a doctorate in agronomy from the University of Wisconsin, Madison.

Karow's research focuses on a broad range of cereal and alternative crop production. In particular, he has studied wheat production, disease control and the use of cereal grains as forage and cover crops. Through OSU Extension, he has helped growers design cereal management systems to reduce inputs while assuring highest crop quality and least environmental impact. He has also lead efforts in Crop and Soil Science to fully integrate off-campus Extension faculty into the mainstream of departmental activity.

Crop and Soil Science is the largest academic unit of OSU's College of Agricultural Sciences, with faculty on campus and across the state. Through teaching, research, and extension, the department promotes wise use of soil, water and crop resources, stewardship of natural resources and enhancement of environmental quality.

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Russ Karow, 541-737-5857