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4-H clover 4-H agronomy

What you'll do

Explore plant genetics, plant physiology, soil science, the weather and more. If you like science or plants, you may like 4-H agronomy! You will visit farm fields to take a close look at grains and other crops. You can form a Crop Scouting Team with your friends and compete! 

Agronomy is the science of using plants for food, fuel, feed and fiber. It combines biology, chemistry, ecology, earth science and genetics. Professional agronomists help to produce food, create healthier food, manage the environmental impact of food production and create energy from plants.

Crop scouting

Form a team with your friends! In this activity, teams of youth in grades 7-12 compete on their ability to assess crops for outcomes and risks like weeds and pests. Regional competitions lead to a state competition, and then nationals! 

Learn more about crop scouting

Agronomy tours

See, touch and smell the plants that turn into food! Learn more about crops and how farmers grow them.  

Read all about 4-H agronomy tours

Upcoming events

There are no upcoming events. Check out other 4-H events.


Michael Compton, 507-372-3900, mcompton@umn.edu

Brian McNeill, 320-589-1711 Extension 2131, mcnei006@umn.edu

Reviewed in 2019

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