We bring research-based knowledge straight to those who need it most.

Here to Help

The Crop and Soil Sciences Extension group collaborates with field faculty in all 100 counties in North Carolina to deliver information and technology that make the state’s diverse agriculture more profitable and ecologically sound.

We work with all of the state’s major commodities and lead research-backed expertise in many areas, including seed research, weed science, sustainable agriculture, agroecology, nutrient management, water quality, and soil erosion.

With 18 specialists and 5 associates we are one of the largest and most diverse Extension groups in the College of Agriculture and Life Sciences. Several of our specialists manage programs recognized nationally and internationally, and three hold named professorships.

Graphic with text: Thanks to Extension, 62,918 crop producers adopted best management practices last year.

We Deliver Solutions

Most Extension specialists conduct research on farms throughout the state, 16 North Carolina research stations, and the Center for Environmental Farming Systems (CEFS). We share objective, research-based information about production systems to the public, train the next generation of farmers, and extend information to our clients.

Ask an Expert

Crop and Soil Sciences works other Extension groups to maintain seven commodity portals offering a wealth of information for producers, industry and the general public.

Have a question? Use the Ask an Expert feature in each portal to ask questions and receive personalized answers via email from North Carolina Cooperative Extension experts.

We Train Leaders

NC State Crop and Soil Dept researchers Deanna Osmond, Jot Smyth and soil software

Through our department’s training courses and workshops, busy professionals and lifelong learners can push themselves and enhance their skills with advanced training or earn a professional license. We offer hands-on training and distance learning opportunities in wetland soils, soil microbiology, and geospatial technologies, among other topics.


We Enrich Our Youth

Student holding experiment sample

Welcome, all plant geeks and mud-pie makers! Grow For It is an initiative of NC Cooperative Extension’s 4-H Youth Development program to grow a generation of youth interested in investigating plants, insects, and soils through experiential projects. We support adult leaders with curriculum development, resource materials, and training to build their knowledge and enthusiasm to deliver programs for youth. Liz Driscoll, a 4-H subject matter specialist, leads the Grow For It program.