Conduct research in breeding, physiology, production, yield, and management of crops and agricultural plants or trees, shrubs, and nursery stock, their growth in soils, and control of pests; or study the chemical, physical, biological, and mineralogical composition of soils as they relate to plant or crop growth. May classify and map soils and investigate effects of alternative practices on soil and crop productivity.
Conduct experiments to develop new or improved varieties of field crops, focusing on characteristics such as yield, quality, disease resistance, nutritional value, or adaptation to specific soils or climates.
Develop new or improved methods or products for controlling or eliminating weeds, crop diseases, or insect pests.
Provide information or recommendations to farmers or other landowners regarding ways in which they can best use land, promote plant growth, or avoid or correct problems such as erosion.
Develop environmentally safe methods or products for controlling or eliminating weeds, crop diseases, or insect pests.
Investigate soil problems or poor water quality to determine sources and effects.
Conduct experiments investigating how soil forms, changes, or interacts with land-based ecosystems or living organisms.
Conduct research to determine best methods of planting, spraying, cultivating, harvesting, storing, processing, or transporting horticultural products.
Investigate responses of soils to specific management practices to determine the effects of alternative practices on the environment.
Develop methods of conserving or managing soil that can be applied by farmers or forestry companies.
Study ways to improve agricultural sustainability, such as the use of new methods of composting.
Investigate responses of soils to specific management practices to determine the use capabilities of soils and the effects of alternative practices on soil productivity.
Identify degraded or contaminated soils and develop plans to improve their chemical, biological, or physical characteristics.
Develop ways of altering soils to suit different types of plants.