SIPS Soil & Crop Sciences Section

Our mission is to generate and communicate knowledge about agroecosystems and their sustainable management in the face of accelerating global change. We achieve this by educating students for stewardship of agro-ecosystems, conducting scientific research on sustainable land management, and using our extension and outreach programs for the benefit of our stakeholders.

Many faculty conduct programs focusing on New York and the northeastern United States region, as well as in many countries around the world having temperate, sub-tropical and tropical environments. Learn more about the history of our section and the vision of our school.

Research Areas in Soil & Crop Sciences

Crop Science

Our research in crop science encompasses development of innovative management practices that maximize yield and quality while minimizing environmental impact, identifying new strategies for effective weed control and making discoveries in fundamental crop physiology.

Environmental information systems

Research on environmental information systems encompasses remote sensing, data inventory and analysis of interactions between agroecosystems and climate at various scales.

Soil science

Our faculty are engaged in research on the many aspects of soil and soil heath from chemistry and biogeochemistry to soil ecology and microbiome.

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woman working with remote sensing equipment in the field
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Graduate and undergraduate training

Soil & Crop Sciences offers degrees and training opportunities at all stages of the educational pipeline

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Graduate field of soil & crop sciences

Students interested in obtaining an M.S. or Ph.D. degree in the graduate field of soil & crop sciences can select from four concentrations.

  • Agronomy
  • Field crop science
  • Soil science
  • Environmental information systems

Master of Professional Studies

Our MPS programs are one-year, course-based degrees, ideal for individuals interested in in-depth study of the issues and advancements in plant and soil sciences. Choose from specializations in Controlled Environment Agriculture, viticulture, public garden leadership, hemp science, plant protection, geospatial applications and more.

Undergraduate — plant sciences major

Undergraduates majoring in the plant sciences can choose to concentrate in soil science, preparing them for careers in soil health, conservation and agriculture, whether in private industry or public government/university sectors.

Undergraduate — agricultural sciences major

Undergraduate students have the opportunity to major in agricultural sciences, an interdisciplinary program to which Soil and Crop Sciences faculty and staff contribute significant instruction and research opportunities.

Undergraduate — soil science minor

Undergraduate students in diverse majors can add a minor in soil science, and gain in depth knowledge of this discipline.

Undergraduate — crop management minor

Undergraduate students in diverse majors can add a minor in crop management, providing a strong foundation in this area.

Undergraduate research — Microbial Friends & Foes

Microbial Friends & Foes undergraduate research experience is sponsored by the Cornell Institute of Host-Microbe Interactions and Disease. Participants are placed in host labs at Cornell working on many different aspects of microbial interactions with plants and animals.

Undergraduate research — other

The Office of Undergraduate Research provides information about exploring the wealth of research opportunities at Cornell.

The Honors Program in Biological Sciences is designed to offer advanced training in laboratory and field research through the performance of an original research project under the direct guidance of a member of the Cornell faculty.

News from the SIPS Soil & Crop Sciences Section

Learn more about recent developments in our research, outreach, and education

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News

Staff, faculty win SUNY Chancellor’s Awards for Excellence
Sixteen faculty and professional staff members in Cornell’s four state contract colleges have been selected for the 2021-22 State University of New York Chancellor’s Awards for Excellence.
  • Biological and Environmental Engineering
  • Charles H. Dyson School of Applied Economics and Management
  • Department of Global Development
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Michael Gore, the Liberty Hyde Bailey Professor and chair of the Plant Breeding and Genetics Section of the School of Integrative Plant Science (SIPS) in the College of Agriculture and Life Sciences, is leading a multidisciplinary project to...
  • School of Integrative Plant Science
  • Plant Breeding and Genetics Section
  • Soil and Crop Sciences Section
Bram Govaerts

News

Andrew D. White Professor-at-Large Bram Govaerts is visiting Cornell’s Ithaca campus the week of March 14. Govaerts is the Director of the Integrated Development Program and Regional Representative for the Americas in the International Maize and...
  • Department of Global Development
  • School of Integrative Plant Science
  • Horticulture Section
Composite image of two men including purple ribbon with text highly cited research 2021 Clarivate

News

Mario Herrero and Johannes Lehmann each made the 2021 list of most influential scientists.
  • Department of Global Development
  • School of Integrative Plant Science
  • Soil and Crop Sciences Section
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News

Cornell researchers have developed an innovative technique to track microbes and understand the various ways they process soil carbon, findings that add to our knowledge of how bacteria contribute to the global carbon cycle.
  • School of Integrative Plant Science
  • Soil and Crop Sciences Section
  • Bacteria