The Department of Soil and Crop Sciences is integral role to the land-grant missions of Texas A&M University and Texas A&M AgriLife, actively contributing to education, research and extension services, including widespread outreach. Our accomplished researchers work tirelessly to educate our next generation, develop methods, resources and innovative solutions that improve our crops, agricultural practices, economic yield and sustainability. Examples include better yield and yield stability, stronger resistance to abiotic and biotic stresses, better management of soils, and improved environmental conservation. By communicating and collaborating with local communities and stakeholders, our extension specialists help bridge the gap between scientific advancements and practical implementation, and promote responsible use of natural resources for the betterment of future generations.
Research in the Department of Soil and Crop Sciences is vital to advancing our understanding of agricultural systems, feeding and provisioning society, enhancing economic yield and improving sustainable practices.
Our scientists investigate soil composition, fertility, and health. They also seek ways to optimize crop productivity over inputs and to minimize environmental impact. They explore innovative techniques for crop breeding, genetic modification, and harness precision agriculture and other technologies to enhance productivity and conserve resources. Others delve into the interactions between plants, microorganisms, and soil ecosystems, to develop strategies that promote both agricultural productivity and ecological balance. Rigorous experimentation and data analysis creating better crops and establish new farming practices that are more resilient, efficient, and environmentally conscious. All of these are needed to help us sustainably feed and provision a growing global population while also contending with changing climates.
Extension services in soil and crop sciences serve as a critical bridge between research and practical application within the agricultural community. These services involve sharing the latest scientific insights and best practices with farmers, landowners, and stakeholders. Extension professionals work closely with local communities to provide guidance on soil management, crop selection, insect, weeds and disease management, and sustainable farming methods. They organize workshops, field days, and educational programs, fostering a two-way exchange of knowledge that addresses real-world challenges. By disseminating evidence-based information, Extension programs in soil and crop sciences contribute to improving agricultural productivity, environmental stewardship, and the overall well-being of rural economies and landscapes.
Two Texas A&M AgriLife scientists recognized as Kika De La Garza Science Fellows
Two Texas A&M AgriLife Research scientists selected as E. Kika De La Garza Science Fellows by the U.S. Department of Agriculture, USDA, spent two weeks learning more about opportunities for research and education offered through USDA’s departments and agencies.
Texas A&M AgriLife Research and Extension
Texas A&M AgriLife Research is the state’s premiere research agency in agriculture, natural resources, and the life sciences. Through Texas A&M AgriLife Research, we conduct hundreds of projects spanning many scientific disciplines to deliver life-sustaining and industry-changing impacts to citizens throughout Texas and around the world. The Texas A&M AgriLife Extension Service is a unique education agency with a statewide network of professional educators, trained volunteers, and county offices. With a vast network of 250 county Extension offices and some 900 professional educators, the expertise provided by the Texas A&M AgriLife Extension Service reaches into every Texas county to address local priority needs. We value people, programs and partnerships.