Definitions

from The American Heritage® Dictionary of the English Language, 4th Edition

  • n. Application of the various soil and plant sciences to soil management and crop production; scientific agriculture.

from Wiktionary, Creative Commons Attribution/Share-Alike License

  • n. The science of utilizing plants, animals and soils for food, fuel, feed, and fiber and more. To do this effectively and sustainably, agronomy encompasses work in the areas of plant genetics, plant physiology, meteorology, animal sciences and soil science.

from the GNU version of the Collaborative International Dictionary of English

  • n. The management of land; rural economy; agriculture.

from The Century Dictionary and Cyclopedia

  • n. The art of cultivating the ground; agriculture.
  • n. Specifically, a group of agricultural subjects, particularly when set off as a department of instruction in agriculture.

from WordNet 3.0 Copyright 2006 by Princeton University. All rights reserved.

  • n. the application of soil and plant sciences to land management and crop production

Etymologies

From French agronomie, from agronome ("agriculturist"), from Ancient Greek ἀγρός (agrós, "field") + νόμος (nomos, "law"). (Wiktionary)

Examples

  • He has a PhD in agronomy and a masters in soil science.

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  • In 1941, Calvino dutifully enrolled at the University of Turin, choosing the Agriculture Faculty where his father had previously taught courses in agronomy.

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  • One of the best teachers that I ever knew taught the subject that we now call agronomy, -- a branch of agricultural science that has to do with field crops.

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  • After 1600, self-appointed investigators used the model of the land and cartographic surveys of the newly unified state to observe and order subjects such as agronomy, medicine, gastronomy, commerce, travel, and entertainment.

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  • In addition to security force personnel, the ADT includes experts in a number of fields, such as agronomy, pest management, agricultural marketing, hydrology, soil science and veterinary medicine.

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  • "It a little tricky getting the blend just right," said Mr. Shaffer, an agronomy consultant based in Honaunau, Hawaii, who has consulted for vintners including Chateau Montelena.

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  • I am Darrell Standing, born and raised on a quarter section of land in Minnesota, erstwhile professor of agronomy, a prison incorrigible in San Quentin, and at present a death-sentenced man in Folsom.

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  • On the contrary, until they buried me in the cells of silence for half a decade, I was everything that the missionary forecasted not — an agricultural expert, a professor of agronomy, a specialist in the science of the elimination of waste motion, a master of farm efficiency, a precise laboratory scientist where precision and adherence to microscopic fact are absolute requirements.

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  • I remember me Dorothy, just the other day, when I still lectured on agronomy to farmer-boy students.

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  • The scientists from a wide variety of disciplines not just agronomy and molecular biology took a problem-oriented and systems approach to conclude that the existing agroecological and farmer-led solutions held the most promise for ending hunger.

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