The range of average salaries paid to agronomy professors with Ph.D.'s at government-funded schools, including land-grant colleges, was stagnant in the 1991-92 academic year, a recent survey has found. The static salaries for these researchers, who study soil management and field-crop production, are a reflection of the downturn in the economy, according to officials at the Madison, Wis.-based American Society of Agronomy. The society co- sponsored the survey with the Crop Science Society of America and the Soil Science Society of America, both also based in Madison.

Agronomy department administrators were similarly affected by recession woes, according to the study. The society sent questionnaires to 200 of its member departments at colleges and universities across the United States; it received 53 responses. The survey was last completed for the 1989-90 school year.

Among the 1991-92 findings was that the range of average salaries paid to professors with Ph.D.'s at each...

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