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WSU releases 100th wheat variety
March 16, 2015

By Sylvia Kantor, College of Agricultural, Human & Natural Resource Sciences

spillmanPULLMAN, Wash. – The release of a new winter wheat variety named “Jasper” honors the legacy of the wheat breeding program at WSU started by William Jasper Spillman in 1894. The first variety developed by the university was released in 1905. Jasper marks the 100th.

WSU’s first wheat breeder honored at dedication
October 24, 2006

“Professor William Jasper Spillman inspired students, colleagues farmers and administrators,” said Steve Jones, WSU winter wheat breeder.  “It is our hope that he continues to inspire for generations to come.”  Jones spoke before a crowd of more than 100 people at the rededication of the Spillman memorial stone on Saturday, Oct. 21.  William Jasper Spillman was a member of the Washington Agricultural College faculty from 1894 to 1902. “Professor Spillman’s first varieties were released in 1905,” said Jones. “They were grown for more than 50 years and the genes from those varieties can be found in the pedigrees of today’s wheats.”Spillman was the only American … » More …

Spillman marker to be moved to Clark Hall
October 5, 2006

PULLMAN – Washington State University’s first wheat breeder will be honored at 11 a.m. on Saturday, Oct. 21.  State Sen. Mark Schoesler and  WSU President V. Lane Rawlins will rededicate the Spillman Memorial Stone in the Clark Hall Plaza, near the intersection of Wilson Road and Lincoln Drive.William Jasper Spillman was a member of the Washington Agricultural College faculty from 1894 to 1902. “Professor Spillman’s first varieties were released in 1905,” said Steve Jones, WSU wheat breeder. “They were grown for more than 50 years and the genes from those varieties can be found in the pedigrees of today’s wheats.”Spillman was the only American to … » More …

WSU Turf Club to landscape new Spillman Memorial site
April 17, 2006

Members of WSU’s Turf Club will begin landscaping a site in front of Clark Hall, the new location of the Spillman family marker, on Friday, April 21.William Jasper Spillman, a member of the faculty of the Washington State Agricultural College and School of Science from 1894 to 1902, was the university’s first wheat breeder. He developed varieties of wheat that were grown in the Pacific Northwest for more than 50 years.Spillman was credited with independently rediscovering Mendel’s Law of genetics in 1901. In 1902 he left the college and joined the U.S. Department of Agriculture. There he was instrumental in establishing the national agriculture extension … » More …