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Is enrolling in the agronomy program digging the ground every day?

We went to see the real life of the College of Agriculture

By Richard ShurwoodPublished 5 months ago 9 min read
Is enrolling in the agronomy program digging the ground every day?
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Recently, a short video of admissions at Yunnan Agricultural University quickly became popular on the Internet, and because of its grounded and realistic filming content, the public once again focused their attention on this profession.

What is the study life at an agricultural university like? What are the interesting stories between students and the profession? Is it really necessary to dig the ground every day?

A few days ago, the reporter went to the College of Agriculture of Guizhou University to visit the wonderful study life of agricultural students.

Do you have to dig the ground to study agriculture?

Yes, the classroom is in the field

Feet full of mud, a large sun hat ...... photo of the girl, it is the youthful and beautiful Liu Haiyi in front of you.

If you ask the students of the College of Agriculture compared to other majors, what is the biggest difference? She can have something to say.

As a senior student in the Department of Horticulture in the College of Agriculture, the four-year campus life is different, Liu Haiyi said and smiled.

"Our classroom is not only in the classroom and the laboratory but also in the field, the mountains and the forest. The hoes and reagent tubes are our pens, and the vast land and laboratories are the test papers that test us." When the scene of study changed from a sea of questions in the four-sided classroom to the vast countryside of the sky, Liu Haiyi's college life began.

The most unforgettable part was in the summer of her junior year when she went to Weining for an internship in pest management, following the local technicians to the mountains and the countryside for a month to learn something.

"The local environment is relatively simple, it's hot, and every day is a life with the face to the soil and the back to the sky, even if it's sweaty, bathing is a luxury." Despite this, Liu Haiyi is doing more and more, because in her opinion, although the environment is difficult, she believes that this is the way to achieve her dream, to be able to contact with nature, to complete her studies between the mountains and the water, is the best thing.

Doing a screening test on radish disease resistance

Students in the College of Agriculture have unique "benefits". Peng Xiao, a senior in the Department of Horticulture, told reporters that in class, teachers usually give out some fruits and vegetables to students as teaching tools, but after class, these "teaching tools" often become their food. Not only that, whenever the fruits planted by the group are ripe, the teachers will also let the students distribute them to the surrounding farmers and bring them back for consumption without wasting them.

"Eating vegetables that you grow yourself is also an extremely interesting experience in the present day, while it is not difficult for us." Peng Xiao said that he chose to major in agriculture at first, precisely because he grew up loving tomatoes, plus his family was already mainly engaged in farming, so he was more comfortable studying this major.

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"During the summer, we went to Zunyi, Pingtang, Xiuwen, Dushan, and other places to collect various disease samples of tomatoes. After returning to the laboratory, we isolated and purified different pathogenic bacteria from these samples, and clarified the types of these diseases and their causative bacteria through sequencing results as well as field performance, providing a theoretical basis for disease prevention and control. At the same time, we also carried out screening tests for radish resistance to Rhizoctonia in Weining, and screened more than 10 Rhizoctonia-resistant materials including 'Dahan Baekchun' to support the development of the radish industry." Today, Peng Xiao follows his mentor to successively study the molecular structure of tomatoes and radishes, and he is using his profession to make his favorite things even better.

Agronomy, sowing the seeds of romance in my future

In 2020, 18-year-old Yang Wei did not expect that he would lose his favorite engineering major because he chose to "obey the transfer" and instead joined the "embrace" of the horticulture department.

"When I was a freshman, I spent all day like a year, feeling worried about my future and unable to see the future." Looking back, Yang Wei admits that at that time he had only one thought in mind: to study hard to change his major.

To realize his dream as soon as possible, Yang Wei put his mind to it and studied hard, diving headlong into botany, just to get excellent grades. As the course needs to be combined with practical, as a student of the College of Agriculture, Yang Wei and his classmates went to the mountains and forests of Huaxi District under the leadership of teachers to collect flowers to make specimens.

After a series of professional actions of searching, collecting, and making ......, the flower specimens jumped out in front of his eyes. Looking at the rose specimens made by his own hands, Yang Wei was in a very happy mood and a sense of pride was born.

When some unknown plants appeared in front of him, it was as if he had opened the door to a new world and felt small in front of nature for the first time.

"There is much more I want to explore." Unknowingly, Yang Wei began to like this major, so in his sophomore year when he was divided into disciplines, he gave up the original idea of switching majors and instead chose to stay in the College of Agriculture and study the Department of Horticulture.

"Who would have thought it, I was hoping to do something at the construction site, but now I want to own my flower store in the future. Agronomy is an amazing discipline that has changed my future and planted the seeds of romance in my dreams, which I am trying to water with sweat, but hopefully, it will blossom soon." Nowadays, Yang Wei has been convinced by the charm of agronomy and started to turn his profession into his inner preference.

Home on vacation to try her luck

She "fattened up" her own land

"Students, you like this chrysanthemum plant, right? Then you know how to take it away without moving it? The answer is simple, plant tissue culture."

An interaction with a teacher in a high school biology class ignited Yan Lijuan's passion for agriculture. When she entered the lab for the first time after entering university and replicated a second yam through a yam stem using tissue culture technology, she was deeply attracted by the wonders of the subject and became even more determined to study it.

When she returned home for the holidays, a question from her parents, who were working as farmers, aroused Yan Lijuan's "fighting spirit".

"You can't even grow vegetables at home, can you learn it at school?"

Not wanting to be underestimated, she chose to prove herself. When she came to her land, Yan Lijuan, who had studied through the course, found that the long-term use of chemical fertilizers had caused the soil at home to become caked and damaged, which was not conducive to the absorption of nutrients in the soil by plants. So she quickly developed an improvement program: increase the application of organic fertilizer, increase the amount of organic fertilizer in the soil; reduce the amount of chemical fertilizer to avoid blind application of chemical fertilizer; break the old farming methods, further promote straw to return to the field, no-till mulching, to maintain the permeability of the soil.

After some operations, Yan Lijuan's parents looked at their very expert daughter and smiled with relief. They agreed and started to implement the improvement program. Today, the Yan family land is gradually improving, and "little expert" Yan Lijuan's fame, also in the village gradually spread.

Writing papers on the earth

When Li Hengfeng used biotechnology to turn a single lily into thousands of different varieties of lilies, he found a sense of accomplishment in his profession for the first time.

"I like this kind of ornamental stuff, and the horticulture department suits me well. At first, I thought our studies were as simple as planting and raising flowers, but as the course got deeper and deeper, I slowly discovered what it meant." Li Hengfeng said.

Because they need land from different regions for different planting experiments, the College of Agriculture often leases farmers' land in Kaiyang and Qingzhen, and also gives some of the fruits away for free after the results. In the process, they will discuss with farmers the ways and means of planting, and also teach some techniques to improve the quality of planting, and between one and two, they always become friends with everyone.

"I remember one afternoon in Kaiyang, we were doing seed research in the field, and suddenly it started to rain heavily, in order not to waste the precious experimental material, we decided to finish in the rain, who knew that the farmers who were helping aside did not go home to hide from the rain, but chose to stay and help us. partners." In Li Hengfeng's opinion, the charm of agronomy lies in getting out of the high buildings and closely combining with life, so that students can go deep into the grassroots and write their papers on the land of the motherland.

A seed of agronomy "branching out"

"You have to remember that you are studying agronomy, and after you get out of campus, you are not just an ordinary farmer, but a technical expert, you have to work in the field, apply what you learn, and use your enthusiasm and professionalism to make your ideal blossom." The words of his mentor became the motivation for Liu Ziyang to study hard. In the future, he wants to study for a Ph.D. and enter a scientific research unit to combine scientific research with industry and help the development of Chinese agriculture.

In the College of Agriculture of Guizhou University, there are many more "Liu Ziyang".

"In recent years, agronomy, driven by new development opportunities and technologies, has been expanding its development space and giving birth to new professions. Fieldwork is indeed important, but it is also only part of the agronomy major. In terms of student training, we pay a lot of attention to the basic disciplines, and only in the sophomore year do we let students choose different development directions based on their interests." Dr. Li Jingwei, a lecturer in the Department of Horticulture, College of Agriculture, Guizhou University, introduced that at present, the college has four departments, namely, the Department of Agronomy, the Department of Horticulture, the Department of Plant Protection, and the Department of Agricultural Resources and Environment, under which there are five undergraduate majors in Agronomy, Herbal Cultivation and Identification, Horticulture, Agricultural Resources and Environment, and Plant Protection. Among them, plant protection is a national second-class specialty and provincial demonstration specialty, and agronomy, horticulture, agricultural resources, and environment are provincial specialties.

"Agronomy is a comprehensive major that needs innovation, students need to be 'on top of the sky, up to the core theory, down to touch the soil and plants, to touch the unknown with the spirit of exploration, to learn agriculture and love agriculture's original heart, to create the future of modern agriculture." Talking about the fundamentals of the profession, the

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Richard Shurwood

If you wish to succeed, you should use persistence as your good friend, experience as your reference, prudence as your brother and hope as your sentry.

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