Soil as a History Book

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2010-01-01
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Miller, Bradley
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Agronomy

The Department of Agronomy seeks to teach the study of the farm-field, its crops, and its science and management. It originally consisted of three sub-departments to do this: Soils, Farm-Crops, and Agricultural Engineering (which became its own department in 1907). Today, the department teaches crop sciences and breeding, soil sciences, meteorology, agroecology, and biotechnology.

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The Department of Agronomy was formed in 1902. From 1917 to 1935 it was known as the Department of Farm Crops and Soils.

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1902–present

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  • Department of Farm Crops and Soils (1917–1935)

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Soil is one of the most influential components of our enviroronment. It is a complex mixture of physical, chemical, and biological processes providing innumerable ecosystem services. The properties of our soil today support our way of life. It filters our water, contains our wastes, and is the substrate for the production of our food. Combined with a good climate, the convergence of the right soil properties here in Iowa has given its citizens the opportunity to be net exporters of food and feed. That opportunity gives Iowans the ability to feed themselves and prosper economically through the sale of excess goods. Yet this opportunity is heavily predicated on the resource of good soil.

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This article is from Getting Into Soil & Water (2010): 14. Posted with permission.

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