Soil and Crop Sciences

Biosolids Research Program

Researchers in Biosolids Research examine the effects of biosolids application on agricultural, range, and disturbed lands; plant yields, protein content, and estimated income; plant elemental concentrations and uptake; soil elemental concentrations; nitrate movement through soils; and phosphorus forms and movement in the environment.

Colorado State University Wheat Breeding and Genetics Program

A primary objective of the Colorado State University Wheat Breeding and Genetics Program is to develop improved wheat varieties adapted for production in eastern Colorado and the central High Plains region. Working in collaboration with research and extension scientists in Colorado and adjacent states, the program has had a long history of success since inception of breeding efforts in 1963.

Precision Agriculture Program

Precision Agriculture is an art and science of utilizing advanced technologies (Global Positioning Systems, Geographic Information Systems, Remote-sensing, Spatial Statistics, Information systems, etc.) to enhance the efficiency, productivity, and profitability of agriculture production systems in an environmentally friendly manner.

Soil and Crop Science

Soil and Crop Sciences encompasses the study of the plant, soil, and water resources that are foundational to all agroecosystems. It includes the production and management of food, feed, and fiber crops to meet human needs and the simultaneous protection of our environment. Soil and Crop Sciences works to integrate genetic diversity, improved soil quality, and efficient use of water resources into sustainable agroecosystems. It simultaneously tries to protect and conserve genetic and soil resources against deterioration and even improve them. This role is mandatory because the world’s rapidly increasing population places great pressure on land for food supplies and on environmental quality for human comfort and well-being.

Sustainable Dryland Agroecosystem Management

This dryland agroecosystems project is a joint effort of the Colorado State University Department of Soil and Crop Sciences, Colorado Agricultural Experiment Station, and the USDA-ARS Great Plains System Unit in Fort Collins, CO. This interdisciplinary project was initiated in 1985 and expanded in 1998 to evaluate the bio-control of plant pests in dryland systems by the Department of Bioagricultural Sciences and Pest Management. The geographic region targeted by this project is the Central Great Plains region of the US where 44,000,000 acres are devoted to dryland crop production.