All About Agronomy!
By: Elizabeth Rowe
What is Agronomy?
How can a degree in agronomy make a difference?
Agronomy is the study of plants, soil, and their environment. Agronomists find ways to better grow crops that provide food for the world.
NCSU's Department of Agronomy "grows" future leaders in agronomy! This flyer touches on some of the topics that are studied in this program.
Weathering! What is it?
What is Soil?
- The texture of soil is determined by the size of particles and the space between them. The texture affects how easily water can flow through soil. There are different types of soils that are light or heavy.
- The composition of soil is made up of inorganic and organic material. Inorganic material is made up of non-living substances such as rock. Organic material is made up of tiny bits of plants and animals.
- Soil horizons are different layers of soil with depth. Weathering creates the different horizons of soil. More weathering occurs at the top layer. Starting from the top, the layers of soil are humas, topsoil, subsoil, and bedrock.
How is Soil Created?
How Has Soil Been Misused?
What Can an Agronomist Do To Be a Good Steward of the Soil?
Agronomy is all about understanding soil, its importance and uses, and the ways to protect and conserve it. If you are interested in learning about North Carolina State University's Agronomy Program, please contact the department. Come to the department's College Day to find out more about how you can help North Carolina's citizens access the food they need. We look forward to seeing you!!!