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.
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!
See, touch and smell the plants that turn into food! Learn more about crops and how farmers grow them.
Reviewed in 2019