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Agronomy: What Is It?

Simply stated: Agronomy is the science of soil management and crop production.

It is a subset of agricultural science that, through education and meeting professional standards, “looks at agriculture from an integrated, holistic perspective, informing practical decisions pertaining to food and fiber production,” (UC Davis).

Agronomy is a scientific analysis and application of anything and everything that determines how best to grow a given crop in a given location.  Professionals in this industry conduct research in breeding, physiology, production, yield, and management of crops and agricultural plants or trees, shrubs, and nursery stock, their growth in soils, and control of pests; or study the chemical, physical, biological, and mineralogical composition of soils as they relate to plant or crop growth. May classify and map soils and investigate effects of alternative practices on soil and crop productivity.

Sample of reported job titles: Agronomist, Arboriculture Researcher, Crop Nutrition Scientist, Forage Physiologist, Horticulture Specialist, Plant Physiologist, Plant Research Geneticist, Research Scientist, Research Soil Scientist, Scientist

To learn more about Agronomy, the following articles are suggested:

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By Malakia Silcott
Malakia Silcott Associate Director