NC State Agronomy

Help the world grow plant growth is getting slow

Panel 1

Hey, I am Mr.France an employee from NC States agronomy department and I am here specifically to teach you the importance of soil and agronomy. Studies show that are soil is being treated horrible and destroyed at alarming rates. Farmers are struggling because the soil they are using is damaged with the lack of health to support steady plant growth. What would we even do without soil it literally runs our ecosystem allowing animals to eat and veggies to grow. We treat soil so badly as a society but soil doesn't need us we need soil. Make sure you check out the video below to help educate us on the importance of soil.

Panel 2 Mechanical vs Chemical weathering

Mechanical weathering : The process of bigger rocks being broken into smaller rocks. (examples) Rocks smoothing and shape change due mostly to wind and water.

Chemical weathering : A change that results in the formation of a new chemical substance.

(examples) Rust forming from water, gasoline igniting, or hydrogen peroxide bubbling and fizzing in a open cut.

Panel 3 Soil Formation/Composition/Horizon/Texture

Soil formation- Soil forms when rock is broken down by weathering and mixes with other minerals.

Soil texture- Sandy soil is more coarse and grainy then soil with a lot of clay that will be a lot more smooth.

Soil horizons- A layer of soil that differs in color and texture from layers above and below it.

Soil composition- Soil is a mixture of rock particles, minerals, decayed organic materials, air and water.

Nature Is Speaking – Edward Norton is The Soil | Conservation International (CI)

Panel 4 Soil Formation Rate

Soil formation rate: The rate of soil restoring or making new soil depends on climate, rock type and rain. A dry place with little rain will not have as much weathering but in a place like Florida where there is more rain weathering and erosion will occur quicker forming more soil.
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Panel 5 Remote Sensing

Remote sensing: Remote sensing is a form of taking information without needing to be in any type of contact with what your observing. Satellites or drones use photographic or inferred technology to look at causes or effects or weathering. People are even using remote sensing to detect hidden fault lines or being able to predict climate change. This really is very fascinating innovate technology.
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Panel 6 Importance of Soil

Why is soil so important: Soil is why we humans are able to live today. It is what carries our food source like fruits and vegetables. Well u might say we still have meat but cows eat grass that sprouts out of soil. Even if you only meat you will not get all the nutrients needed from plants that grow in soil. Soil also is a habitat for many species like for example birds in the rain forest.

Panel 7 Common Misuses of Soil and the Negative Outcomes

Common misuses:


  • Soil is often taken for granite.
  • People dig it up
  • Things are built on perfectly good soil
  • Often times is not keep up well enough to be used
  • The soil losses its minerals way faster then it gains them.
  • Farmers often farm the wrong direction on hills causing the soil to wash away then boom it's gone in the blink of an eye
Negative consequences:
  • It will take soil 100-500 years to grow 1 inch of soil
  • Bad dry topsoil causes bad dust storms
  • Soil is what grows our food source without it we can't eat
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Panel 8 Soil Stewardship

Soil stewardship: Farmers can help our soil grow bye making compost piles with leftover or dead plants and parts of a crop they cant use.

Advances in this field of agronomy: It is just the beginning but people are just now starting to realize how important this matter is. Compost bins and piles are growing more popular and we need this situation to be recognized more at events like earth day.