Daniel Drost

PSC Dept

Horticulture Specialist


Daniel Drost

Contact Information

Office Location: AGRS 329 / USU Campus
Phone: (435) 797-2258
Email: dan.drost@usu.edu
Website: http://psc.usu.edu/

Educational Background

PhD, Vegetable Crops, (Plant Physiology), Cornell University, 1992
Growth and Physiology of Asparagus in Response to Water Stress
MS, Horticulture, Michigan State University, 1983
Response of Fluid Sown and Transplanted Tomato in Reduced Tillage Systems
BS, Agricultural Education, (Horticulture), Michigan State University, 1980

Biography

Responsible for vegetable outreach and research in Utah

Teaching Interests

Teach a senior level course on the Physiology and Production of Vegetables and a graduate class with a focus on Organic Agriculture.

Research Interests

Understand the effects of environment on plant productivity in high tunnels. Understand how cropping systems influence crop productivity with emphasis on organic and sustainable production.

Awards

Undergraduate Research Mentor of the Year, 2019

College of Agriculture

Hedrick Award, 2019

The American Pomological Society

Asparagus Working Group President - 2013-2017, 2013

International Society for Horticultural Sciences

Graduate Research Mentor of the Year, 2012

College of Agriculture

Shepard Award, 2011

The American Pomological Society

E.G. Peterson Extension Award, 2011

USU Cooperative Extension

Asparagus Working Group President - 2010-2013, 2009

International Society for Horticultural Sciences

Innovative Programs Award, 2008

State Team Award, 2005

Overall Specialist Award, 2005

New Specialist Award, 1994


Publications | Abstracts

  • Hunter, B., Banks, S.J, Drost, D.T, Agent Strategies for Providing Up-to-date Vegetable Variety Recommendations. Proceedings of the Western NACAA PIC Conference
  • Maughan, T.L, Black, B.L, Drost, D.T, (2013). Extending the strawberry season: high tunnels, low tunnels and targeted supplemental heating. American Society for Horticultural Science *
  • Hunter, B., Drost, D.T, Black, B.L, (2010). Frost protection for early high tunnel tomatoes. HortScience *
  • Rowley, D., Black, B.L, Drost, D.T, (2010). High tunnel strawberry production systems for high elevations. HortScience
  • Hunter, B., Drost, D.T, Black, B.L, (2010). Frost protection for early high tunnel tomatoes. Intermountain Graduate Research Symposium
  • Drost, D.T, (2006). Detection of genetic variation in wild populations of three Allium species using amplified fragment length polymorphisms (AFLP).. HortScience *
  • Drost, D.T, (2006). Habitat-correlated germination and growth characteristics of intermountain Allium (Liliaceae). HortScience *
  • Drost, D.T, (2004). Assessing how cultural practices influence long-term asparagus productivity. HortScience *
  • Drost, D.T, (2004). Harvest pressure, irrigation methods, and amounts reduce asparagus growth and yield.. HortScience *
  • Drost, D.T, (1999). Late Planting Reduces Annual Artichoke Productivity. HortScience *
  • Drost, D.T, (1994). Water Stress Reduces Asparagus Growth.. HortScience *

An asterisk (*) at the end of a publication indicates that it has not been peer-reviewed.

Publications | Books

  • Wagner, K.M, Olsen, S.H, Drost, D.T, (2017). The ultimate gardening guide: Utah State University's guide to common gardening questions. Hobble Creek Press
  • Wagner, K.M, Olsen, S.H, Drost, D.T, Alston, D.G, Murray, M., Hunter, B., (2014). A guide to common organic gardening questions. USU Extension

    Publications | Book Chapters

  • Steinitz, T., Wagner, K.M, Drost, D.T, Alston, D.G, Hunter, B., Nischwitz, C., Ramirez, R., Allen, L., Barnhill, J.V, Frame, D., Pace, M., Durward, C., Reeve, J., Jewkes, M., Heflebower, R.F, (2014). A Guide to Common Organic Gardening Questions. USU Extension *
  • Beddes, T., Drost, D.T, Alston, D.G, Nischwitz, C., Bunn, B., (2014). Sweet Corn Production: Utah Vegetable Production and Pest Management Guide. Utah State University
  • Hunter, B., Drost, D.T, (2014). Eggplant, Pepper, and Tomato Production: 2014 Utah Vegetable Production and Pest Management Guide. Utah State University IPM Program
  • Drost, D.T, (2000). Requerimientos de agua del esparrago: Cuanta y cuan a menudo?. In: M.I Gonzalez and A. del Pozo (eds) El Cultivo del Esparrago. Chillan, Chile *
  • Drost, D.T, (1997). Asparagus.. H.C. Wien (Ed.), Vegetable Physiology. CAB International. London.

An asterisk (*) at the end of a publication indicates that it has not been peer-reviewed.

Publications | Fact Sheets

An asterisk (*) at the end of a publication indicates that it has not been peer-reviewed.

Publications | Journal Articles

Academic Journal

  • Drost, D.T, Pedersen, K., (2018). Nitrogen Management Improves Organic Asparagus Growth and Productivity. Acta Horticulturae, 1223, 95-100. doi: DOI 10.17660/ActaHortic.2018.1223.14
  • Drost, D.T, (2018). High phosphorus applications at planting improve early asparagus root growth and yield. International Journal of Vegetable Science, 24:2, 146-159. doi: 10.1080/19315260.2017.1398197
  • Drost, D.T, Ernst, T., Black, B.L, (2017). Soil heating and secondary plant covers influence growth and yield of winter high tunnel spinach. HortScience, 52:9, 1251-1258. doi: 10.21273/HORTSCI12142-17
  • Buckland, K., Alston, D.G, Reeve, J., Nischwitz, C., Drost, D.T, (2017). Trap Crops in Onion to Reduce Onion Thrips and Iris Yellow Spot Virus. Southwestern Entomologist, 42:1, 73-90. doi: http://dx.doi.org/10.3958/059.042.0108
  • Beddes, T., Caron, M.S, Miner, F., Drost, D.T, Lauretzen, E., (2016). Yield and Fruit Size Distribution of 17 Pumplin Cultivars Grown in Northern Utah. Journal of the National Association of County Agriculture Agents Volume 10 Issue 1, 9
  • Beddes, T., Caron, M.S, Miner, F., Drost, D.T, Laruetzen, E., (2016). Yield and Fruit-Size Distribution of 17 Pumpkin (Cucurbita pepo) Cultivars Grown in Northern Utah. National Association of County Agriculture Agents, 9:1, doi: http://www.nacaa.com/journal/index.php
  • Maughan, T., Curtis, K., Black, B.L, Drost, D.T, (2015). Economic Evaluation of Implementing Strawberry Season Extension Production Technologies in the Intermountain West. HortScience, 50:3, 395-401.
  • Maughan, T., Black, B.L, Drost, D.T, (2015). Critical temperature for sub-lethal cold injury of strawberry leaves. Scientia Horticulturae, 183, 8-12.
  • Schwartz, H.F, Alston, D.G, Drost, D.T, (2014). Onion ipmPIPE: A coordinated effort to improve the management of onion thrips and iris yellow spot virus for the US onion industry.. Plant Health Progress, 15:4, 172-183.
  • Curtis, K., Yeager, I., Black, B.L, Drost, D.T, Ward, R.A, (2014). Market and Pricing Potential for Extended Season Produce Sales. Journal of Food Distribution Research, 45:2
  • Buckland, K., Reeve, J., Alston, D.G, Drost, D.T, (2013). Effects of nitrogen fertility and crop rotation on onion growth and yield, thrips densities, and Iris yellow spot virus and soil properties. Agriculture, Ecosystems, and the Environment, 177, 63-74.
  • Hunter, B., Drost, D.T, Black, B.L, Ward, R.A, (2012). Improving growth and productivity of early-season high tunnel tomatoes with targeted temperture additions. HortScience, 47:5, 733-740.
  • Reeve, J., Drost, D.T, (2012). Yield and Soil Quality under Transition Organic High Tunnel Tomatoes. American Soc. Horticultural Sci, 47, 38-44.
  • Ward, R.A, Drost, D.T, Whyte, A., (2011). Assessing Profitability of Selected Specialty Crops Grown in High Tunnels. The Journal of Agribusiness, 29:spring 2011, 41-58.
  • Rowley, D., Black, B.L, Drost, D.T, Feuz, D., (2011). Late season strawberry production using day-neutral cultivars in high-elevation high tunnels. HortScience, 46:11, 1480-1485.
  • Phillips, N., Drost, D.T, Varga, W.A, Schultz, L., (2011). Demography, Reproduction, and Dormancy along Altitudinal Gradients in Three Intermountain Allium Species with Contrasting Abundance and Distribution. Flora- Morphology, Distribution, Functional Ecology of Plants, 206:2, 164-171.
  • Rowley, D., Black, B.L, Drost, D.T, Feuz, D., (2010). Early season extension using June-bearing Chandler’ strawberry in high elevation high tunnels. HortScience, 45:10, 1464-1469.
  • Black, B.L, Drost, D.T, Lindstrom, T., Reeve, J., Gunnell, J., Reighard, G.L, (2010). A comparison of root distribution patterns among Prunus rootstocks. Journal of the American Pomological Society, 64:1, 52-62.
  • Phillips, N., Drost, D.T, Varga, W.A, Schultz, L., Meyers, S., (2010). Germination Characteristics along Altitudinal Gradients in Three Intermountain Allium spp. (Amaryllidaceae). Seed Technology, 32:1, 15-25.
  • Endelman, J., Reeve, J., Drost, D.T, (2010). A new decay series for organic crop production. Agronomy Journal, 102, 457-463.
  • Drost, D.T, (2009). Green Foxtail (Setaria viridis), A Naturally Infected Grass Host of Iris yellow spot in Utah. Plant DIsease, 93(6), 670.
  • Drost, D.T, (2008). Natural Infection of Atriplex micrantha with Iris yellow spot virus. Plant Disease, 93(4), 430.
  • Drost, D.T, (2008). Detection of Genetic Variation in Wild Populations of Three Allium Species Using Amplified Fragment Length Polymorphisms. HORTSCIENCE, VOL. 43(3), 637 - 643.
  • Drost, D.T, (2003). Asparagus Cultivar in Trials in Utah. Acta Horticulturae, 589, 167-171.
  • Drost, D.T, (2003). Chemical Treatments Enhance Seed Germination in Perideridia gardeneri. Acta Horticulturae, 618, 477-482.
  • Drost, D.T, (2003). Estimating Root Length Density and Biomass in Asparagus. Acta Horticulturae, 589, 287-295.
  • Drost, D.T, (2003). Monitoring Root Length Density and Root Biomass in Asparagus with Soil Cores. New Zealand Journal of Crop and Horticultural Science, 31, 125-137.
  • Drost, D.T, (2002). Nitrogen use efficiency and onion yield increased with a polymer-coated nitrogen source. HortScience, 37(2), 338-342.
  • Drost, D.T, (2000). Tillage Alters Root Distribution in a Mature Asparagus Planting. Scientia Horticulturae, 83, 187-204.
  • Drost, D.T, (1999). Corn earworm IPM education program in Utah. Journal of Extension, 37(5)
  • Drost, D.T, (1999). Irrigation Effects on Asparagus Root Distribution. Acta Horticulturae, 479, 283-288.
  • Drost, D.T, (1999). Soil Water Deficits Reduce Growth and Yield of Asparagus. Acta Horticulturae, 479, 383-390.
  • Drost, D.T, (1998). Ammonium-loaded clinoptilolite: A slow-release fertilizer for sweet corn. J. of Plant Nutrition 21(3):515-530
  • Drost, D.T, (1998). Decreasing nitrogen leaching from sandy soil with ammonium-loaded clinoptilolite.. Journal of Environmental Quality, 27(3), 656-663.
  • Drost, D.T, (1998). Targeting extension efforts for the adoption of sustainable farming practices.. Journal of Extension, 36(5)
  • Drost, D.T, MacAdam, J.W, Dudley, L.M, Soltani, N., (1997). Response of bean and broccoli to high-sulfate irrigation water. HortTechnology, 7, 429-434.
  • Drost, D.T, (1997). Barriers to Adopting Sustainable Agricultural Practices.. Journal of Extension, 34(6), 6-Jan.
  • Drost, D.T, (1997). Response of bean and broccoli to high-sulfate irrigation water.. HortTechnology, 7(4), 429-434..
  • Drost, D.T, (1997). Shoot growth, plant tissue elemental composition, and soil salinity following irrigation of alfalfa and tall fescue with high-sulfate waters.. Journal of Plant Nutrition, 20(9), 1137-1153..
  • Drost, D.T, (1997). Soil water deficits and asparagus: I. Shoot, root, and bud growth during two seasons.. Scientia Horticulturae, 70, 131-143..
  • Drost, D.T, (1997). Soil water deficits and asparagus: II. Bud size and subsequent spear growth.. Scientia Horticulturae, 70, 145-153..
  • Drost, D.T, (1997). Utah's Davis County Master Gardener program.. HortTechnology, 7(4), 354-356..
  • Drost, D.T, (1997). Utah's vegetable growers: Assessing sustainable agriculture.. HortTechnology, 7(4), 445-450..
  • Drost, D.T, (1996). Irrigation Budget and Plant Growth of Asparagus.. Acta Hortorticulturae, 415, 343-350..
  • Drost, D.T, (1991). Effect of tillage system and planting date on the growth and yield of transplanted tomato.. HortScience, 26, 1478-1480..
  • Drost, D.T, (1991). Stand establishment of fluid drilled tomato in rye and wheat tillage systems.. HortScience., 26, 1475-1478..
  • Drost, D.T, (1991). Tillage reduces yield and crown, fern and bud growth in mature asparagus planting.. J. American Society for Horticultural Science, 116, 937-941..
  • Drost, D.T, (1990). Effect of soil matric potential on growth and physiological response of greenhouse grown asparagus.. Acta Horticulturae, 271, 467-476..
  • Drost, D.T, (1990). Effects of soil moisture on growth, water relations and photosynthesis in an open-pollinated and male hybrid asparagus cultivar.. Acta Horticulturae, 271, 457-465..

Professional Journal

    Public or Trade Journal

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    Publications | MultiMedia

    An asterisk (*) at the end of a publication indicates that it has not been peer-reviewed.

    Publications | Technical Reports

    Other Reports

    An asterisk (*) at the end of a publication indicates that it has not been peer-reviewed.

    Publications | Other

    Bulletins

    Magazine/Trade Publications

    Newsletter

    • Stock, M.N, Black, B.L, Drost, D.T, (2019). Improving production schedules for high-value perennial flowers in Utah: Peony. Association of Specialty Cut Flower Growers (ASCFG) Cut Flower Quarterly *

    Other

    • Hunter, B., Ward, R.A, Drost, D.T, (2011). High Tunnel Early Tomato Budget. Utah State University Extension
    • Drost, D.T, (2010). High Tunnel Strawberry Production. Extension Fact Sheet *
    • Drost, D.T, (2009). Fall-bearing Raspberries in High Tunnels. USU Cooperative Extension Web site *
    • Drost, D.T, (2009). Dill in the garden. *
    • Drost, D.T, (2009). Lemongrass in the Garden. *
    • Drost, D.T, (2009). Mint in the Garden. *
    • Drost, D.T, (2009). French Tarragon in the Garden. USU Extension Fact Sheet *
    • Drost, D.T, (2009). Calendula in the Garden. Extension Fact Sheet *
    • Drost, D.T, (2008). Onion Powdery Mildew. Extension Web Site *
    • Drost, D.T, (2008). Onion Thrips (Thrips tabaci). Utah Pests Fact Sheet *
    • Drost, D.T, (2007). Asparagus beetle and spotted asparagus beetle. USU Extension Fact Sheet *
    • Drost, D.T, (2007). Design and Construction of a High Tunnel. Horticulture Fact Sheet - Electronic *
    • Drost, D.T, (2007). Diversity and Adaptation Along Altitudinal Gradients in Three Wild Allium Spp. Native to Utah and Implications for Horticultural Practices. Doctor of Philosophy in Plant Science *
    • Drost, D.T, (2007). Horehound in the Garden. Extension Web Publication *
    • Drost, D.T, (2007). Lemon Balm in the Garden. Extension Web Publication *
    • Drost, D.T, (2007). Watercress in the Garden. Extension Web Site *
    • Drost, D.T, (1998). What Causes Cracking in Sweet Potato?. National Gardening, Sept./Oct. *
    • Drost, D.T, (1995). 1994 Fresh Market Vegetable Trials. USU Summary of Results.. *
    • Drost, D.T, (1995). 1995 Fresh Market Vegetable Trials. USU Summary of Results.. *
    • Drost, D.T, (1994). 1993 Fresh Market Vegetable Trials. USU Summary of Results.. *
    • Drost, D.T, (1993). 1992 Fresh Market Vegetable Trials. USU Summary of Results.. *

    An asterisk (*) at the end of a publication indicates that it has not been peer-reviewed.

    Teaching

    PSC 4400 - Modern Vegetable Production, Fall 2019
    PSC 6890, 7890 - Plants, Soils, and Climate Graduate Seminar, Spring 2019
    PSC 4400 - Modern Vegetable Production, Fall 2018
    PSC 4400 - Modern Vegetable Production, Fall 2018
    PSC 6890, 7890 - Plants, Soils, and Climate Graduate Seminar, Fall 2018
    PSC 6890 - PSC 6890 Seminar, Fall 2018
    PSC 4400 - Modern Vegetable Production, Fall 2016
    PSC 4400 - Modern Vegetable Production, Fall 2016
    PSC 3800, 6900 - Fundamentals of Organic Agriculture, Spring 2016
    PSC 4400 - Modern Vegetable Production, Fall 2015
    PSC 3800,6900 - Fundamentals of Organic Agriculture, Spring 2015
    PSC 4400 - Modern Vegetable Production, Fall 2014
    PSC 4400 - Modern Vegetable Production, Fall 2014
    PSC 4400,6900 - Modern Vegetable Production, Fall 2014
    PSC 2800,6900 - Fundamentals of Organic Agriculture, Spring 2014
    PSC 4400 - Modern Vegetable Production, Fall 2013
    PSC 4400,6900 - Modern Vegetable Production, Fall 2013
    PSC 2800,6900 - Fundamentals of Organic Agriculture, Spring 2013
    PSC 4400 - Modern Vegetable Production, Fall 2012
    PSC 4400 - Modern Vegetable Production, Fall 2012
    PSC 6900 - Special Problems in Plants, Soils, and/or Climate, Fall 2012
    PSC 6970 - Research and Thesis, Summer 2012
    PSC 2800,6900 - Fundamentals of Organic Agriculture, Spring 2012
    PSC 4400 - Modern Vegetable Production, Fall 2011
    PSC 6900 - Special Problems in Plants, Soils, and/or Climate, Fall 2011
    PSC 6900 - FUNDAMENTALS OF ORG AGRI, Spring 2011
    PSC 6970 - RESEARCH & THESIS, Spring 2011
    PSC 4400 - Modern Vegetable Production, Fall 2010
    PSC 4400 - Modern Vegetable Production, Fall 2010
    PSC 4400 - Modern Vegetable Production, Fall 2010
    PSC4400 - Modern Vegetable Production, Fall 2010
    PSC 6970 - Research and Thesis, Fall 2010

    Extension

    Master Gardener, 2011 - 2014
    Successful Gardeners in Utah, 2011 - 2011
    Commercial Vegetable Production Systems, 2007 - 2010
    Civil Rights, 2009 - 2009
    Extension (Applied) Research, 2009 - 2009
    Service, 2008 - 2009

    Graduate Students Mentored

    Samuel Day, Plants, Soils, and Climate, August 2012 - April 2014
    Taunya Ernst, Plants, Soils, and Climate, August 2010 - August 2012
    Britney Hunter, Plants, Soils, and Climate, August 2008 - July 2010