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Crop and Soil Science

Major Overview

Crop and Soil Sciences are integral to the advancement of food and fiber production now and into the future. Sustainable cropping systems are vital to many rural economies, along with providing adequate food and fiber for a growing population. Soil conservation and nutrient management are key components to improved crop and forage production, water use management, and natural resource development. Working to improve plants is a key element in the effort to feed the world’s growing population and energy needs. OSU partners with growers across the state and the U.S. to identify and solve challenges to soil conservation and crop production from invasive pests to water use technology