Conducts 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.
This career is part of the Agriculture, Food and Natural Resources cluster Plant Systems pathway.
A person in this career:
- Communicates research or project results to other professionals or the public or teaches related courses, seminars, or workshops.
- Conducts experiments to develop new or improved varieties of field crops, focusing on characteristics such as yield, quality, disease resistance, nutritional value, or adaptation to specific soils or climates.
- Develops new or improved methods or products for controlling or eliminating weeds, crop diseases, or insect pests.
- Provides information or recommendations to farmers or other landowners regarding ways in which they can best use land, promote plant growth, or avoid or correct problems such as erosion.
- Develops environmentally safe methods or products for controlling or eliminating weeds, crop diseases, or insect pests.
- Investigates soil problems or poor water quality to determine sources and effects.
- Conducts experiments investigating how soil forms, changes, or interacts with land-based ecosystems or living organisms.
- Conducts research to determine best methods of planting, spraying, cultivating, harvesting, storing, processing, or transporting horticultural products.
- Investigates responses of soils to specific management practices to determine the effects of alternative practices on the environment.
- Studies ways to improve agricultural sustainability, such as the use of new methods of composting.