Francis, Charles A. Department of Agronomy, Institute of Agriculture and Natural Resources, University of Nebraska, Lincoln, Nebraska.
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The science and study of crops and soils. Agronomy is the umbrella term for a number of technical research and teaching activities (see illustration): crop physiology and management, soil science, plant breeding, and weed management frequently are included in agronomy; soil science may be treated separately; and vegetable and fruit crops generally are not included. Thus, agronomy refers to extensive field cultivation of plant species for human food, livestock and poultry feed, fibers, oils, and certain industrial products. See also: Agriculture
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